The solving of crime using scientific techniques and methodologies is what I like most about the field of forensic science. It is an impartial and objective way to tell a jury about what the evidence recovered from the scene of the crime says.
Gregory Laskowski, 60
President/Chief Consultant, Criminalistics Services International, LLC
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York
How he got started: “I started my career in criminalistics right out of college at the Kern County Sheriff’s Department crime laboratory,” Laskowski intimated, revealing that his father was doing consulting with the laboratory director at that time in various parts of Kern County. He has done everything from blood splatter analysis to toxicology, even being elected as President of the California Association of Criminalists.
Career highlights: “Being involved in some key criminal investigations, including some that were featured on Forensic Files, Cold Case Files, and Extreme Forensics,” he said, many of which took place in Kern County. Most notably, he was hired on as a consultant for the television crime drama CSI: Criminal Scene Investigation, for 16 seasons! “I was regularly consulted about forensic science techniques, perfect murder scenarios, and script dialogue.”
His favorite part of the industry: Using his expert knowledge to catch bad guays is what does it for him (which, of course, is even better than his current consulting on shows like Bones, Rosewood, and The Blacklist). “The solving of crime using scientific techniques and methodologies is what I like most about the field of forensic science. It is an impartial and objective way to tell a jury about what the evidence recovered from the scene of the crime says about what happened to the victim, and to identify the individual responsible for committing the crime.”
His heroes: Perhaps fittingly, two of his heroes were Presidents of the United States: George Washington and Ronald Reagan. Another hero of his is the World’s Greatest Detective, Sherlock Holmes. “Although he is a fictional detective, his use of scientific techniques, as well as scientific reasoning and the power of deductive reasoning, kindled my passion to become a forensic scientist.”
What he’d still like to accomplish: Laskowski admitted that he has a few goals in his sights: first, to be elected as a board member for the International Association for Identification. He would also like to be named as a subcommittee or committee member for one of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees on forensic sciences for the National Institute of Science and Technology.