District Attorney Thompson created the Forensic Science Unit
to realize the potential of using DNA and other forensic evidence to identify, charge, and prosecute violent offenders. The Forensic Science Unit serves in an advisory capacity to all bureaus and units throughout the office, instructing assistant district attorneys on grand jury presentations, motion practice, and trial strategy in cases involving DNA, latent prints (fingerprints), and ballistics. The unit provides extensive in-house training to assistant district attorneys on various forensic disciplines and related legal issues to ensure that the office continues to understand and utilize the most sophisticated forensic evidence in all investigations and prosecutions. The unit also assists in the review of post-conviction requests for DNA testing and cold case homicide investigations.
Rachel Singer, Chief of the Forensic Science Unit (pictured, with Chief Assistant Eric Gonzalez), received the Prosecutor of the Year Award from the New York Prosecutors Training Institute, in conjunction with the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York. The award ceremony was held on July 9, 2016 at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY during the District Attorneys Association’s annual summer conference.