Mission Statement

The mission of this association is to provide educational seminars to members of the law enforcement community, to disseminate useful information related to all the disciplines of the forensic sciences, to provide local administration in the state of Wisconsin for the international professional certification programs of the International Association for Identification, and to encourage the highest ethical standards in the collection, preservation, and examination of evidence.

Upcoming events

    • 03/03/2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 03/06/2020
    • 3:00 PM
    • The Blue Harbor Resort

    2020 WAI Conference 

    March 3-6, 2020

    The Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center 

    Sheboygan, WI


    subject to change

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    7:30 – 8:00  Registration

    8:00 - 8:30   Welcome

    8:30 – 9:30     Evidence Dispositions

    Holly Schultz and Marci Enloe, Dane County Sheriff's Department
    In this presentation, we will be discussing how to establish a purging process within your agency.  We will be covering how to create timelines for holding evidence, establishing authorized personnel to make disposition decisions, and how to train officers on disposition decisions so they're more consistent.

    9:30 - 9:45 Break

    9:45 – 10:45     Handling Biological and DNA evidence

    P&E Committee Presenting
    DNA law is a hot topic for property managers. We will be discussing how to manage DNA evidence as well as other issues relating to biological evidence handling.

    8:45 - 11:00 Break

    11:00 - 12:00   Firearms/Disqualifiers Presentations

    Andrew Nowlan, DOJ - Handgun Hotline
    How to determine if a firearm can be returned. 

    12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

    1:00 - 2:30      Sexual Assault Submission Guidelines Presentation

    Special Agent Ann Sheridan DOJ/SAKI

    Laurie Valley, DOJ WISAKI

    Kathy Mahnke & Jennifer Naugle, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory
    DOJ SAKI and WSCL will be discussing the recent changes to Sexual Assault kit handling  

    2:30 - 2:45 Break

    2:45 - 4:30        Property Management Pitfalls and Property Evidence Managers Guide Updates

    P&E Committee
    Topics Covered: New Guide updates, Firearm returns checklists

    Wednesday March 4, 2020

    8:00 - 8:30 Opening Ceremony

    8:30 - 9:30 Firearms - What to Expect on a Firearm

    Jessica Crawford, Firearms Examiner WI State Crime Lab

    9:30 - 12:00 Azana Shooting - Crime Scene Processing & Takeaways

    Detective Jennifer Toepfer & Lt. Jason Pfeiffer, Brookfield PD

    12:00 - 1:00  Lunch

    1:00 - 3:00 Sikh Temple Shooting - Crime Scene Processing & Takeaways


    3:30 - 5:00  Surviving a Mass Shooting

    Brian Murphy, Retired Lieutenant Oak Creek

    3:00 Break WAI Group Photo

    7:00 - ? Poster Presentations & President's Reception

    Thursday March 5, 2020

    Break Outs - Morning

    8:00 - 9:45

    10:15 - 12:00 

    Cellbrite "Digital Mapping" Data Extraction

    Initial Response at Arson Scene - Lee Mikulec

    Drones - Deputy Scott Lehmann

    Latent Print Updates (including AFIS) - Madelyne Weismantel & Adrianna Bast

    12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 

    Break Outs - Afternoon

    1:00 - 2:45

    3:15 - 5:00 

    Berla Infotainment in Vehicles - Detective Tim Blanke

    Recognizing Meth Labs-Mark Wagner & Brian Prieve

    Photographing Fingerprints at Scene & Agency - Ronald Groffy

    The workshop will discuss and present basic to advanced methods, techniques and accessories that may affect the successful outcome of obtaining comparison quality friction ridge detail.  These methods are applicable to latent and processed detail that may be present on various surfaces found at scenes and items returned to the agency.

    Presentation will include use of different imaging equipment available to agencies, encompassing cellphones, tablets, point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs and flatbed scanners.

    If attendees would like to actively participate in trying some of these methods, it is suggested that they bring a:

    Camera, Tripod, Light source, flash with remote synch cord if available, flashlight, if available; macro lens or close-up filters

    As time permits, presenter will address individual questions about camera operations not related to friction ridge photography.

    Forensic Entomology:  How to Recognize and Use Insects as Evidence - Linda-Lou O'Connor & Diana Johnson

    The determination of time of death is a key, yet often elusive, piece of information in an investigation.  Of the many approaches available to pathologists and investigators, the use of insects to estimate the minimum time since death remains a versatile and effective tool.  During this session, attendees will learn how insects found on/near a body can be used to assist an investigation.  Background information related to the identification and recognition of insects will be presented.  Also, best practices for collection and documentation will be discussed.  Actual cases will be used to emphasize major points.  Preserved specimens will be provided for examination.

    6:15  Banquet 

    Friday March 6, 2020

    8:00 - 9:00  All Roads Lead to Officer Wellness

    John D. Putnam, WI DOJ

    9:10-10:10 Investigative Bias

    Keith Findley, UW Law School and Project Innocence

    10:20 - 12:00 Analyzing the Crime Scene and Suspect Development

    Jim Holmes, DCI

    Defense Attorney Steven Hurley

    12:00 - 2:00 General Membership Meeting, Lunch, & New Officer and BOD Photos

    Registration closes February 25th and any registrations cancelled after February 18th will incur a $50.00 fee

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