South Texas Section

Local Section of the American Chemical Society

March 2017 Meeting

Forensic Science and Law Enforcement
Richard Kirkpatrick
Kleberg County Sheriff's Office, 1500 E. King Ave. Kingsville TX, 78363
Texas A&M University-Kingsville is collaborating with the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) to enhance the community safety. The collaboration between academia and local law enforcement aims to keep the community safer and stronger. The KCSO and TAMUK have started working on Forensic Science and Nanotechnology to increase the capability, capacity, and readiness of law enforcement. Through professional training and practice, law enforcement personnel will become empowered to provide reliable and rapid evidence in criminal investigations and justice delivery in South Texas. Capacity building is achieved through the provision of technologies. Capability can be enhanced through the use of the expert system to improve identification. The readiness is increased by training in crime scene analyses via delivery of courses in Nanoscience and Forensic Science.

Sheriff History and Mission:
Sheriff’s have served and protected the English-speaking peoples for a thousand years. The Office of Sheriff and the law enforcement, judicial and correctional functions he performs are more than 1000 years old.  The Office of Sheriff dates back at least to the reign of Alfred the Great of England, and some scholars even argue that the Office of Sheriff was first created during the Roman occupation of England.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all, and I will conduct myself in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint, and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary for the performance of my duty.
I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice, or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers.  I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.

March 24, 2015, Friday, 5:30-8:30 pm
Nierman Science Hall 251, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
MSC 161, 700 University Blvd, Kingsville TX, 78363-8202
Host: American Chemical Society, South Texas Chapter