WHEREAS, forensic science is a vital public service; and
WHEREAS, access to quality forensic analysis dramatically improves the investigation of criminal activity, leading to the exoneration of the innocent and the prosecution of the guilty; and
WHEREAS, forensic science plays a critical role in public outreach and crime prevention, and is evolving in its role as an important member of the criminal justice community; and
WHEREAS, crime scene investigators, forensic examiners, and forensic scientists provide unbiased, accurate, and reliable analyses of evidence recovered from across the nation; and
WHEREAS, numerous professional organizations have recognized September 20-26, 2020 as National Forensic Science Week and individuals all across the country will be celebrating this event; and
WHEREAS, the hard-working people that compose our forensic science organizations deserve universal regard and appreciation for their commitment to proper scientific investigations for the cause of justice.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim September 20 – 26, 2020 as:
Forensic Science Week
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to express their appreciation for the people, facilities, and technologies that make reliable forensic science possible in our community.