As the Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner of Los Angeles County, my entire Department and I look forward to providing quality, compassionate and timely service to all of our customers, including decedent’s loved ones, law enforcement, judges and attorneys in the criminal justice system, funeral directors, foreign consulates and the news media.
We are proud to be a leader in death investigation and are accredited by many professional organizations, including: the National Association of Medical Examiners; the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association for the departments continuing medical education program; the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the Forensic Pathology Fellowship program; and the American Society of Crime Laboratories Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board for our forensic labs as well as being certified by the Peace Officers Standards and Training of the State of California.
We are nearing completion on the refurbishment of our biological building, modernizing the autopsy facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and the expansion of our refrigeration unit to provide greater capacity and more efficient workflow. Other infrastructure improvements include the implementation of a new case management system, which will replace our antiquated programs, and the launch of our new website. Our objective to establish a DNA laboratory continues to move forward with our final requirement to recruit a DNA lead scientist.
It is with optimism that we move forward, to continue to provide the best service, of the highest quality, to the people of Los Angeles County. None of this would be possible without the dedicated staff and personnel of the department who consistently go the extra mile to ensure that the work they deliver is exemplary.
As always, we thank both the Board of Supervisors and the Chief Executive Officer for the consistent, ongoing support received by this office over the years and in the years to come.
Thank you for your time.