Ep. 15 Behind the Scenes with an FBI Forensic Specialist

Forensics Found

20-07-2023 • 34 mins

Katharine Pope is diving deep into the world of forensic science in the latest episode of Forensics Found Podcast. We welcome Bryan Johnson, Major Incident Program Manager at the FBI's Latent Print Unit, to take us through his intriguing and integral role assisting local agencies in the resolution of their mass fatalities, unidentified decedents, and missing persons cases. Bryan shows us how passionate he is about his calling, firmly believing in the collaborative nature of human identification and criminal justice resolution.

Kat and Bryan discuss his early days as a medicolegal investigator, through his stints in forensic diving, to his present position at the FBI. Brian opens up about the process of post-mortem printing, his time at the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office, and his belief in the importance of passion for one's work. Get an up-close look at the FBI's Disaster Victim Identification Squad and the forensic science involved in human identification.

Bryan shares his experiences as a US representative to Interpol, recounting the emotional aftermath of witnessing tragic global events. He shares his personal coping mechanisms amidst crisis and his ability to find positivity in even the most challenging situations.

Topics Covered

Death Investigations and Forensic Science

The Journey of a Forensic Scientist

Working in a Dark World Challenges

Work-Life Balance in Forensics Challenges

Resources Mentioned

Biometric Training Postmortem Printing Series

About Bryan Johnson

Bryan T. Johnson is the Major Incident Management Program Manager for the FBI Laboratory’s Latent Print Unit in Quantico, VA. He has been with the FBI for over 13 years as an FBI Qualified Latent Print Examiner and has focused on mass fatality and unknown deceased issues for the last 7 years. He has a BS and an MS in Forensic Science from Chaminade University of Honolulu, where he started his career with the City and County of Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office. He is in charge of coordinating the FBI’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Response Team, which conducts all fingerprint identifications for the Armed Forces Medical Examiner in Dover, DE, and at mass fatality incidents around the globe. In addition to his direct duties with the FBI, he is currently a member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) DVI Subcommittee, Vice Chair of the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) DVI Working Group, as well as one of two U.S. Representatives and the Chair of Ridgeology for the INTERPOL DVI Working Group.

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