GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed the week of August 11-17, 2013 Forensic Science Week in Minnesota. It is part of a national effort to raise awareness about forensic science as a vital public service.
As the state's crime lab, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) at its St. Paul and Bemidji laboratories in 2012 received over 63,300 pieces of evidence related to over 18,500 criminal investigations. BCA crime scene personnel processed 38 crime scenes across the state.
BCA Superintendent Wade Setter says the week "recognizes the dedicated scientists who strive to obtain information that will exonerate the innocent and identify the guilty."
Wade Setter was named BCA Superintendent in spring 2011. Setter has been with the Department of Public Safety since 2007. Prior to his appointment superintendent, Setter served as Deputy Director of the division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Setter joined KARE 11 Sunrise to talk about the Governor's declaration and CSI processes.
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