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The work of the FBI lab

Publication date: Mar 07, 2011 11:05 AM

Start: Jul 16, 2010 12:00 PM
End: Jul 16, 2010 01:00 PM

Location: Brook House

Speaker: Dr Chris Hassell, Director, FBI Laboratory
Audience: SECReT students

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Flying over from the States, Dr Chris Hassell, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, came to UCL SECReT to reveal the inner workings of this highly prestigious research division which supports the work of America’s premier internal intelligence agency, as well as providing expert services to other law enforcement bodies. Dr Hassell detailed the staff expertise at the Lab, the key areas of research and the methodologies employed by the facility. Of particular interest was the Lab’s expertise in forensic science research, and the FBI ‘Bodyfarm’ where trainees learn, hands-on, about the science of human decomposition. He further discussed the importance of interagency cooperation and the work of other related labs around the country. Dr Hassell also left open the possibility for SECReT students to carry out a period of internship at the Lab, subject to security clearance protocols being met.