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Rocky Mountain Division

of the

International Association for Identification

WELCOME from the PRESIDENT

As the incoming President of the Rocky Mountain Division of the International Association for Identification for 2017, I would first like say how humbled I am to have been selected for this office. I take office with the recognition of the great work completed by our outgoing President, Mike Reid. I also recognize the challenges we face in the coming year. I have great confidence in the ability of our organization to face those challenges and continue the work of the RMDIAI.
I bring almost 25 years of investigative and forensic experience with me as I begin my tenure as President. As a US Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Special Agent, I worked in a variety of positions around the world investigating felony crime on military installations. In addition to a variety of state side investigative assignments, my time in the US Army CID included three combat tours to the Middle East where I was involved in investigations that ran the spectrum; Abu Ghraib prison abuse, mass grave exploitations, war crimes, murder, suicide, sex assault. In 2001, I was given the opportunity to pursue higher education while on Active Duty and earned my Masters of Forensic Science at The George Washington University. While I attended classes, the attacks of 9/11 occurred and I was called to assist in collecting evidence from the rubble of the Pentagon. I finished my career in the CID in 2012 as the Chief, Policy Branch at the CID Headquarters in Quantico, VA.
Following retirement from the Army, I worked for a couple of years at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) Crime Lab as a latent print examiner in training and a crime scene investigator. I left the ACSO in 2014 and moved to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) where I serve as a Crime Scene Analyst. My time at the CBI has afforded me the opportunity to work with many local agencies in Colorado. In addition to my work as a crime scene analyst, I also teach the CBI Crime Scene Response class a few times a year.
The coming year will find us in Cheyenne, WY for our 50th anniversary where we will hold our annual training conference. Your new Vice-President, Don Heiduck, and his conference planning committee, are preparing what I’m sure will be a very memorable event. Even before we wrapped up last year’s conference in Winter Park, plans were under way to make the 50th anniversary conference a special event; I encourage all of you to attend if at all possible.
As many of you are no doubt aware, changes in how the IAI handles the finances and certification will have an impact on the RMDIAI budget. One way we can work to make up any future gaps in our budget is by increasing our membership. As President, increasing our active membership will be my main goal. I welcome any and all ideas that would help accomplish this effort. My other big priority will be to increase our ability to collaborate with each other. When we face our biggest cases like the Aurora Theater, Arapahoe HS or Planned Parenthood, we need the ability to reach out to our colleagues and get help; resources; collaborate; seek advice. It’s important that our membership have that ability. Again, I welcome any input you have in this regard. Another challenge I would like to take on is to increase participation in our committees and our board. We need people who are willing to devote their time to the various committees and board positions within the RMDIAI. If serving is something you value, please reach out to me or any of our board members to let them know of your interest.
As we begin 2017, let me once again say thank you to Mike Reid, our outgoing President. I’m privileged to take the reins of the organization from such an individual. Mike’s help during my time as Vice-President has been of great value to me. I hope I can meet the very high standard of service he set.
Lastly, it’s my sincere belief that this organization exists to serve the needs of its membership. If we’re not doing that, then we fail. If you, the members of the RMDIAI, have any ideas on how we can improve, I hope you’ll let me know. I’m available virtually 24/7 so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Erick Bryant

 

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