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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. While the TDIAI is 501(c)(6) non-profit professional organization created to represent the interests and needs of forensic professionals throughout the great State of Texas in 2021 the TDIAI Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) public charity to make forensic education, training, and research more accessible and affordable to all in Texas.


We are excited to invite you to participate in a state wide pay study for our members. This is a quick survey that will allow us to better understand the pay scales in forensic science. 

By completing this survey, it will allow us to formulate the results into a usable format that you can utilize to boost your negotiation power and career growth. 

Once the survey is complete, the results will be shared with our membership. It should be noted that completing the survey thoroughly is crucial to enable us to have accurate data. 

T.D.I.A.I. Pay Study

Questions may be submitted to Secretary@TDIAI.ORG

Friction Ridge Investigation Webinar - Presented by Texas Forensic Commission

The Texas Forensic Science Commission is hosting a webinar on March 7, 2024 at 11am-1pm CST to present its findings in the recent Friction Ridge Investigative Report stemming from a complaint filed on behalf of the defendant in a Harris County cold case murder trial.  The report makes observations regarding the analysis and documentation performed on a complex latent palm mark in suspected blood found on a curved pole at the crime scene.  The report makes recommendations regarding best practices in the field.  This webinar is an opportunity to discuss community questions and concerns.  We will be joined by Lynn Garcia (TFSC General Counsel), Dr. Patrick Buzzini (TFSC Commissioner), Sandy Parent (DPS), and Dr. Glenn Langenburg (Subject Matter Expert).

Webinar Zoom Link - Copy of Report

TDIAI President

Travis Kirkley

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:

Latent Print Examiner Black Box Study 2022

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

TEEX is the TCOLE training provider for the TDIAI Conferences




Lone Star Forensic Journal

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

Summer/Fall 2023 issue available to members here.

Upcoming events


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


Celestina Rossi

Board Chairperson

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

Conroe, Texas

Ashley Canon

Plano Police Department

Plano, Texas

Kelly Deal

Houston Forensic Science Center

Houston, Texas

Ashley Dodson

Texas Department of Public Safety

Lubbock, Texas

Gina Riley

Birdville Independent School District

North Richland Hills, Texas

Neil Carnes

Plano Police Department

Plano, Texas

Chiquta Bazalda

Texas Department of Public Safety

Austin, Texas

Mark Wright

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

Conroe, Texas

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