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  Texas Division of the International Association for Identification

Welcome to the Texas Division of the IAI

The Texas Division of the International Association for Identification was chartered in 1935 as a professional organization for crime scene analysts, latent print examiners, evidence technicians, forensic scientists, and law enforcement personnel. Our membership is comprised of practitioners from independent school districts, academia, medical examiner's offices, private industries, and local, county, state and federal agencies. In 2021, TDIAI achieved its 501(c)6 non-profit organization status and strives to represent the interests and needs of forensic professionals throughout the great State of Texas.

TDIAI President

Celestina Rossi

Become a Certified Footwear Examiner

Are you a practicing footwear examiner looking to elevate your credentials to the next level? The International Association for Identification (IAI) offers certification specifically to meet the needs of the footwear discipline.

The footwear certification program is designed for those individuals actively engaged in comparing footwear impression evidence. To qualify for test participation, individuals must meet specific criteria. Years of experience as a footwear examiner, combined with formal education and documented training, will be the primary focus when determining an individual’s eligibility for participating in the examination process.

The certification process involves completing our application, fee submission, and the successful completion of both written and practical examinations. More information regarding cost, requirements, and application can be found on the IAI website, footwear certification page (

Click here for more information.

Inquiries can be made to the IAI Footwear Certification Board Secretary at:

IAI Conference 2023 Presenting & Poster Links Open

If you have ever thought about presenting at the IAI or doing a poster, the links are now live!  The deadline is Feb 10, 2023.   The conference will be in beautiful Maryland in 2023.   If you know anyone that may want to present, please forward this email to them.  If you are interested in presenting and have further questions, please feel free to send me an email.  You earn IAI recert/cert credit!  Presenter Link     Poster Link

Nebraska Division of the Annual Educational Conference 

The Nebraska Division of the IAI annual educational conference is scheduled for April 4-5, 2023 at Mahoney State Park in Ashland, NE. Registration is open! For more information, please visit 

Latent Print Examiner Black Box Study 2022

Request for participation – STUDY NOW OPEN - Click here for additional information.




Lone Star Forensic Journal

The Lone Star Forensic Journal is accessible through the Members sections of the website.

Winter/Spring 2023 Issue available to members here. 

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It is TDIAI’s mission to make forensic identification, crime scene identification, scientific examination and preservation of physical analysis professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their careers. 

If you are ready to invest in yourself and your career join TDIAI today!

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Board Members


Jack Flanders

Board Chairperson

Texas Department of Public Safety

Lubbock, Texas

David Hyde

Department of Homeland Security

McLean, Virginia

Kelly Deal

Texas Department of Public Safety

Austin, Texas

Ashley Durham 

Texas Department of Public Safety

Lubbock, Texas


Gina Riley

Birdville Independent School District

North Richland Hills, Texas

Neil Carnes

Plano Police Department

Plano, Texas

Chiquita Ruffin

Texas Department of Public Safety

Austin, Texas

Mark Wright

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office


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