Raising the Standard and promoting the scientific identification profession

Message From the 2021 President

Greetings SCAFO Members!

Can you believe we are half-way through 2021 already? We have already had three Zoom trainings this year! We have had the privilege of hearing Suzette Young from Brea PD speak at February’s meeting, Crystal Johnston speak on Forensic Entomology at April’s meeting, and Tom Washington from SDPD speak at June’s meeting! What an amazing first three meetings, right?? I can only imagine what the next six months will bring!

Our membership has continued to grow with leaps and bounds this year! Keep referring your colleagues! We love hearing from you. It’s great knowing that you love SCAFO and take pride in your organization!

As many of you have heard/seen, our new website is up and (mostly) functional. ( We will continue to add and adjust the site as we go, to make it better to serve you and meet your needs in the best way possible. If you have any SCAFO photos you would like to add to the gallery section, please submit them in .jpg form to either Denell or myself. There will be a special section for Members Only, that will have additional perks and bonus material, such as past issues of The Print, past speaker power point presentations, etc. To access the “Members Only” section on the new website, go to the sign in screen under “Members Only” to create your own login. Once you create your own password, your request will be sent to our Secretary for your Membership status approval. Once approved, you are free to browse! Please be patient with us as we are under construction, continuing to add to and adjust the site. (smile)

As always, if you have any speaker ideas or topics for our October training, please contact any board member. We welcome any of your suggestions!

Please enjoy this edition of the Print. As usual, thank you to our wonderful Editor, Tony Nguyen, for his amazing skills and to all who helped in putting it together! ENJOY!

Although we haven't been able to meet in person in some time

I am proud to be part of an organization that has continued to deliver excellence to its members through the digital world! My hope for all of us this year is that we can each benefit from seeing each other online and hearing/sharing information about the science we all love so much. We are fortunate Zoom provides that platform to us and makes it available to reach those who may have not been able to participate otherwise.

This year, We would like to hear directly from you

After all, SCAFO is your organization! It is our mission as the board to provide the most relevant, rich, and reputable forensics training for our membership. If anyone has any suggested topics or ideas for potential speakers at upcoming meetings or training, we are certainly open to hearing them. You may contact me directly via email or your board secretary, Denell Payne.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you this year. I look forward to seeing everyone at our bimonthly Zoom meetings and SCAFO training!

Very Respectfully,
Angie Schouten, SCAFO 2021 President