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Barry A. J. Fisher is the Crime Laboratory Director for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a position he has held since 1987. He began his career in criminalistics with the Sheriff’s crime lab in 1969. His current interests concern the interrelationship between forensic science and the law along with public policy issues concerning the timely delivery of quality forensic support services to the criminal justice system. To that end, he served as a member of the American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section’s Ad Hoc Committee to Ensure the Integrity of the Criminal Process and is currently a member of the American Judicature Society’s Commission of Forensic Science and Public Policy. He represents the American Academy of Forensic Sciences on the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations, which represents six national forensic science professional organizations and works to influence public policy in forensic science at the national level.


Fisher is a Distinguished Fellow and past-president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; past-president of the International Association of Forensic Sciences, past-president of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and a past-chairman of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board. He is a member of the Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Advisor Council.


His textbook, Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, in its 7th edition. Fisher speaks throughout the United States, and has lectured in Canada, England, Australia, Singapore, France, Israel, Japan, China and Turkey on forensic science laboratory practices, quality assurance and related topics.


Fisher received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the City College of New York. He holds a Master of Science degree in organic chemistry from Purdue University and an M.B.A. degree from California State University, Northridge.

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