Welcome to the website of the Ohio Identification Officers Association (OIOA). The OIOA is a group dedicated to the furtherance of forensic science. Our mission is to provide training, continuing education, networking, and guidance for all areas of forensic science from scene processing, to evidence collection and analysis, and expert witness testimony. We operate as a state division of the International Association for Identification (IAI, www.theIAI.org). Our division members work in the forensic identification sciences at all levels of government. As a division of the IAI we are connected to forensic practitioners worldwide. To learn more about becoming a member you can find information under the "Membership" tab above.
I would like to welcome all of our Ohio Identification Officers Association Members new and old. The last few years have posed many challenges for us all but it has not stopped us from our continued dedication to our respected professions. This is nothing short of new to many of us who have had to adapt to the constant changes and challenges we face. Remember, nothing about what we do is "routine" and we always have to be willing to accept change.
With that said I'd like to introduce myself. I am Ken Roberts, your President for 2022. I have been a police officer for 23 years starting my career in 1999 with the Eastlake Police Department which is located just east of Cleveland on the coast of Lake Erie. I served as a field training officer before I reached the rank of Sergeant in 2018. I currently serve as our departments Jail Administrator and lead our Crime scene unit. I have been a member of the OIOA since 2010 after attending my first conference. Past President Chris Gutka who was my Field training officer and eventually my Sergeant became a mentor to me, getting me into processing crime scenes and eventually joining our departments team and the OIOA.
I've met many amazing people through our organization at our annual conferences and have made numerous contacts and I urge you to attend and become a member as well. I want to take this time to thank all of our current board members who go above and beyond to keep our organization strong and to be able to host great conferences year after year at a minimal cost to you and your agency. I look forward to meeting many of you at our annual conference later this year, September 7-9, 2022 at the Kalahari resort in Sandusky Ohio. Have a great year and stay safe!
2022 President, OIOA
2022 Newly elected OIO Board member - Craig Brafford
The OIO Board is currently looking for those individuals with an interest in editing our quarterly news letter and / or managing our social media accounts.