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Letter: Still Skeptical About NCPD Forensic Evidence Bureau

Unfortunately, there is little reason to believe that the new (and improved?) Nassau County Police Department’s Forensic Evidence Bureau will be any better than its old, inadequate, incompetent crime lab.

Considering that from September 2005 until February 2010, nothing was done about its “systematic failure”— under the leadership(?) of two different police commissioners— how can the public have any faith that now, things will finally change for the better? Especially since not one person has been fired for their dereliction of duty; no one has had to forfeit the salary they were paid for jobs they clearly weren’t doing (at least not properly); and nobody has been arrested, prosecuted, or imprisoned for their failures to do their part in keeping the lab “compliant with state law,” which seem to me like “crimes” (whether of commission or omission.)

I wish I could ask one of the new Forensic Advisory Board members, Madeline Singas, why her boss (District Attorney Kathleen Rice), has not taken legal action against even one police official responsible for this half-decade fiasco.

Richard Siegelman