FORENSIC SCIENCE UNIT
Cold Case Unit
In February 2017, recognizing the importance of solving all homicides, Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez expanded the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Forensic Science Unit to include a new Cold Case Unit. The Unit is staffed with a newly-hired forensic analyst with extensive work experience at New York City’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner. This DNA expert will assist in analyzing previous testing in cold cases and advise if additional tests are available and necessary. She will also review all DNA reports obtained by the Office, prepare expert witnesses and assist prosecutors in cross examining defense expert witnesses. The Brooklyn DA’s Office is the only prosecutorial agency in New York State that has a forensic analyst on staff to help navigate the increasingly complicated and ever-developing landscape of DNA and other forensic evidence.
Rachel Singer, Chief of the Forensic Science Unit (pictured, with then-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.