The Macon County Sheriff's Office recently received national recognition for implementing high-quality forensic standards and practices. American forensic science guidance is published on the Standards Registry of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC).
OSAC is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and its national forensic science Standards Registry is a repository of technically sound standards, guidelines, and best practices. In August 2023, OSAC issued the following certificate recognizing forensic standards implementation by the Macon County Sheriff's Office, the first such recognition of an Illinois forensic science activity. Although television shows tend to depict forensic science analysis as happening only in crime laboratories, that is not the real world. Some of the most common forensic work, such as finger and palm print analysis, happens in sheriff's offices or police departments.
In its 2009 report to Congress titled "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward," the National Research Council included the following statement: "Two-thirds of fingerprint identifications take place outside of traditional crime laboratories." The Macon
County Sheriff's Office is one of the hundreds of law enforcement agencies in America providing finger and palm print (latent print) examination and facial identification forensic analysis to help rapidly solve local crime.
According to OSAC, the standards in its Registry can improve consistency across forensic science disciplines, ensure confidence in the accuracy, reliability, and reproducibility of laboratory results, and positively increase the impact of admissibility and expert testimony in courts of law.
The OSAC standards process is critically important for the national forensic community. The Macon County Sheriff's Office participates in OSAC forensic document development, including friction ridge (finger and palm print) and facial identification standards, guidelines, and best practices.
The Macon County Sheriff's Office is committed to safeguarding the neighborhoods and communities within Macon County. Speeding drivers on neighborhood streets is one of the most common complaints received by our office. In an effort to bring speed awareness up, an Onsite Radar Speed Trailer was purchased for use within the county. The radar speed trailer is a speed monitoring device that is stationed in areas reference speeding complaints.
The Macon County Sheriff's Office will be placing a radar speed trailer in various locations throughout Macon County, depending on previous history of motor vehicle accidents, frequent speeding citations and requests from the public. The use of a radar speed trailer aids in educating the public, especially the motorist who may be unaware exactly how fast they are going. While traffic enforcement through patrols and traffic citations remains an important component of our overall traffic safety strategy, the use of our new radar speed trailer will improve our efforts to reduce speeding through education.