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Current Letter from the President

Fall 2015


Greetings NEDIAI members,


By the time you read this, planning should be almost completed for our 22nd Annual Educational Conference, to be held November 16th-18th at the Hilton in Burlington, Vermont. Located along the eastern shore of Lake Champlain,the Hilton is located within walking distance of the popular Church Street Marketplace and is a 10 minute drive from Interstate 89 and the Burlington International Airport.


This year's conference promises to have something for everyone, with at least six workshops and 24 lectures
already scheduled. Those just entering the field as well as those who have been engaged in crime scene
investigation/forensic science for many years will all benefit from the expertise of our cadre of guest speakers. As always, we will also have a wide array of vendors exhibiting their latest equipment. If you are interested in
presenting at the conference, we still have a few vacancies in the schedule and I would encourage you to contact educational program coordinator Kim Freeland – freeland@uri.edu.


I am very excited to announce that the keynote speaker at our opening ceremony this year will be well-known
mystery author Archer Mayor. A resident of Vermont, Archer has written numerous critically acclaimed crime
novels, including the popular Detective Joe Gunther series.


Also by the way of entertainment, our annual luncheon will feature Mr. Christopher McBride, a professional
sleight-of-hand artist who promises to challenge our professionally-refined ability to solve puzzling questions.


If you would like more information about the conference, the latest updates can be found on our Facebook page and website. The deadline for a reduced fee for early registration is October 15th, and the conference hotel room rate of $104/night is available until October 23rd.


Thank you all for your service and for your continued support of our association. I hope to see you in Burlington!

Respectfully,

Jason Covey
President

 

Older Letters from the President

 

Spring 2015

Greetings NEDIAI members,

I hope by the time you read this all of us are enjoying a much-needed reprieve from a brutal winter here in New England. This was certainly one we will not soon forget! I would like to thank outgoing NEDIAI President Scott Bryant for all his hard work in putting together the 2014 conference, held in Portland, Maine.

Planning is well underway for our 22nd Annual Educational Conference, to be held November 16th-18th in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. The host hotel this year will be the Hilton – Burlington, located right across the street from scenic Lake Champlain and in the heart of Vermont’s largest city. I think you will find your visit to Burlington and all the attractions within walking distance to be time well spent, and I encourage you to bring your families to enjoy a short getaway in a great area.

We still have space available for anyone interested in lecturing or conducting a workshop at the conference. If you are interested, please contact educational program coordinators Kim Freeland - krf@uri.edu, Rachel Lemery – Rachel.lemery@pd.boston.gov, or Mike McCutcheon – mmccutcheon@londonderrynh.org.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the conference, please contact Paul Souza – bcisouza@aol.com or John Grassel – john.grassel@risp.dps.ri.gov.

I hope all members will take advantage of the many opportunities to become more involved in the NEDIAI. To learn how you can do so, please visit our website and Facebook page for the latest information and updates on our activities.

I would like to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to once again serve as your president. It is truly an honor and privilege to do so. I wish everyone the best in 2015 and I hope to see you in Burlington!

Respectfully,

Jason Covey
President

 

Winter 2014

Greetings to all NEDIAI members,


As the President, I wish to thank everyone who helped make the 2014 NEDIAI Educational Conference in Portland, Maine a success. Without your knowledge and experience the conference would not have been possible.


Special thanks go out to Detective Chris Stearns of Portland PD. Chris worked tirelessly on organizing and arranging vendors for this conference. Vendors are the backbone of the NEDIAI conferences and our friendships and professional relationships with them are invaluable.


Over the past four years I have had the privilege of working closely with the NEDIAI board members in conference planning and preparation. As you all know, this is not an easy task but the rewards of learning and instructing current techniques and practices are many.


I want to welcome incoming 2015 NEDIAI President Jason Covey of Vermont. This will be Jason's third term as NEDIAI President. This is a historical task and I wish him the best in Vermont in 2015.


Welcome to all of the new NEDIAI members and returning members. I encourage everyone to be involved in conference planning and preparation. I also urge you to take advantage of the annual day in May training that is offered.


Thank you all. It truly has been a pleasure serving as your President.


Respectfully,
Scott Bryant
President of NEDIAI

 

Summer 2014

Greetings NEDIAI Members!


I would like to personally invite all of you to the 2014 NEDIAI Conference to be held November
17th through 19th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine. It is an exciting
time for the NEDIAI as many new advances have been made in forensics.
We have many exciting workshops scheduled for the conference to include courtroom testimony,
basic fingerprint analysis, documentation, collection and preservation of footwear
and many more. You can see the entire conference schedule at http://www.nediai.org/
conference.htm.


I would like to thank the many vendors who have signed up to showcase their products at
our conference as well. Their continued support makes this conference possible.
This year's keynote speaker will be Chief Prosecutor Lisa Marchese from the Maine Attorney
General's Office. AG Marchese has prosecuted homicides in Maine for many years
and I look forward to hearing her point of view in regards to forensics and the prosecution
of homicides in Maine.


Plan to attend the NEDIAI Educational Conference now and I look forward to seeing you
there!


Detective Scott A. Bryant
Maine State Police
President NEDIAI

 

Spring 2014

Greetings NEDIAI Members!


It is a great pleasure for me to begin my term as 2014 NEDIAI President.


You can be proud of the many accomplishments the NEDIAI has achieved throughout the years through
quality training and education.


This year I have the pleasure of hosting the 21st Annual NEDIAI Educational Conference in Portland,
Maine. The conference will be held November 17th through 19th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. We
are beginning to formulate a training agenda for the conference and have already scheduled the Day in
May training for Tire Track Evidence to be held in Franklin, MA on May 7, 2014. If you have any training
ideas or suggestions, please contact me at sbryant@nediai.org.


I want to congratulate 2013 NEDIAI President Rhode Island State Police Detective Sergeant John Grassel
on a successful conference in Providence. Without your efforts and dedication, the 2014 NEDIAI Conference
would not be possible.


I would also like to thank the NEDIAI Executive Board for their continued support in conference planning
and their dedication to the NEDIAI.


Plan to attend the NEDIAI Educational Conference now and I look forward to seeing you there!


Detective Scott A. Bryant
Maine State Police
President NEDIAI

 

Fall 2013

Greetings NEDIAI Members!


I can't begin to recount the innumerous positive comments I've received from members through-out the world regarding the IAI International Conference held in Providence, RI from August 4th - 9th 2013. Many attendees expressed their admiration regarding the location, available lecturers and work-shops, as well as the obvious planning and dedication from members of the NEDIAI that led to a success-ful conference.


I would like to again thank and recognize the members of the NEDIAI who helped plan for the conference and fulfilled the various assignments we were tasked with. These included photography, NE-DIAI booth, and assisting at the many conference social functions.


As part of this year's conference we also held a successful NEDIAI raffle for various items includ-ing an iPad and a limited edition print made by Jen Hannaford that she graciously donated. I would also like to thank Patrick Moynihan from the MASP Crime Scene Services Unit. Patrick organized a very suc-cessful "Meet the Members of the NEDIAI" night at the Whiskey Republic in Providence. This was held on Thursday after our business meeting and quickly became the hottest ticket to get at the conference.


Additionally, I would like to thank the many student volunteers, organized by Amy Duhaime. I received numerous compliments regarding the students from the IAI staff as they worked seamlessly behind the scenes.


Congratulations to Kim Freeland of the RI State Crime Laboratory who was voted in as the incom-ing NEDIAI 4th Vice President. I am confident that Kim will bring her customary enthusiasm and dedica-tion and will be an excellent choice!


At the IAI business meeting, we learned that a Division would soon be closing due to poor attend-ance. While I am confident that the NE Division is in great shape, this should serve as a reminder that we need to engage our co-workers who are not NEDIAI members and encourage them to join. The success of our organization depends on the strength of its members.


Again, thank you to all who helped make the NEDIAI shine at the International Conference!


Detective Sergeant John Grassel
Rhode Island State Police
President NEDIAI

 

Spring / Summer 2012

 

Greetings NEDIAI Members,


"Excellence through Knowledge"


As I begin my duties as President, I want to take a moment to congratulate Captain Deborah Rebeiro
of the Massachusetts State Police. Her efforts as President resulted in a very successful conference held on Cape Cod. Even in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene she provided the perfect learning environment for me as we plan this year's conference. Captain Rebeiro was able to secure some of the most knowledgeable people in the business which provided tremendous insight into the future. As we continue to advance from A.F.I.S. to Biometrics, let's not forget how we got here.


This will be the 20th Annual Conference for the NEDIAI and I am pleased, no honored, to have this
opportunity to be the president. 2012 is going to be a monumental year. With current budgetary
matters being as they are, we will have to be more innovative in our training I therefore invite your ideas, as we plan and execute our training year. Shortly there will be a survey asking your input for training ideas. Please respond with not only ideas but who you feel is qualified to speak on the subject. Based upon your input, a training agenda will be formulated.


I am excited about this year and look forward to spending time with you all in November 2012 and
throughout the year.


This year's conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Nashua, New Hampshire from
November 14th through November 16th, 2012. Plan to attend now, you will not be disappointed!

Sergeant Phillip Nichols
President NEDIAI

April 13, 2011

Greetings NEDIAI members and fellow law enforcement professionals,

I would like to relate some exciting news about this year's annual training conference hosted by the
NEDIAI (www.nediai.org).

This year's conference will take place in the summer months to allow participants the full enjoyment of
the selected location. The conference will be held on Cape Cod at the Resort and Conference Center in
Hyannis, Mass. The conference will be held on August 30- September 1, 2011. This is a great facility
with on site golf course, and located the heart of Cape Cod close to beaches and downtown Hyannis.
Opening ceremonies will take place on Tuesday August 30, 2011. We are happy to announce our
honored guest speakers, Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe and Colonel Marian
McGovern of the Massachusetts State Police. Both of these distinguished individuals have been leaders
in their profession and have been strong supporters of the forensic sciences and education in law
enforcement.

The training schedule is still evolving, however some of our highlights will be classes and presentations
covering such topics as fingerprint and palm print collection and identification, footwear documentation
and casting, digital presentation of fingerprint testimony in courts, Live Scan user group round table,
AFIS user group round table, facial recognition and Commonwealth Fusion Center resources, bomb and
arson evidence, and computer crime investigation. We will post our tentative schedule as the conference
draws near.

I hope you are able to attend and enjoy the location, training and meetings with peers in your respective
fields. As president, I am looking forward to welcoming you to this year's event.

Regards,

Deborah Rebeiro

President

 

January 14, 2011

Greetings NEDIAI members,

I want to welcome old and new members to a new year that will undoubtedly provide great training opportunities, and keep its members apprised of the latest techniques, discoveries and developments in the science of identification.

The conference last year was one to remember, I hope you all took advantage of the great training, scenic location and the plentiful food. It will be hard to compete with that – we will however offer a conference this year that will provide our members great opportunities to develop their knowledge and increase their experience. The conference this year will take place in the summer months to allow participants the full enjoyment of the selected location. The conference will be held on Cape Cod at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, Mass. It will be held from August 30- September 1, 2011. This is a fantastic facility located in the heart of Cape Cod. On site amenities include: Twin Brook Golf Course, The Atlantis Sports Club and The Spa at Atlantis. It is also close to several ocean beaches, shopping in downtown Hyannis, concerts at the Cape Cod Melody Tent and whale watch cruises.

As 2011 begins I hope all members will consider the many opportunities available to them to become more involved in the activities of this professional organization. If you are interested in serving on a committee please feel free to contact me directly. As always, we are looking for new articles for our journal, which can be submitted to Editor Amanda Armstrong. For more information and conference updates check our new and improved website www.nediai.org.

I want to thank our committee members and board of directors in advance for all the hard work I know they will put into making this a great year for our members and our organization. I look forward to serving the organization as president.

Regards,

Deborah Rebeiro

President