with the SWGSTAIN Bylaws, Section V, the SWGSTAIN membership is organized
into six (6) standing subcommittees that concentrate on different substantive
areas of BPA. These subcommittees are described below.
Business and Strategic Planning
This subcommittee has been tasked to perform business and strategic planning for SWGSTAIN. The chair of this
is Mark Reynolds of the Western Australia Police.
This group has been tasked with assembling the scientific materials necessary
to support the acceptance of BPA in courts of law at both the admissibility
and trial levels. The chair of this subcommittee is Jeff Gurvis, Director, National Forensic Support Laboratory.
This subcommittee is developing guidelines for a comprehensive
program for BPA that mirrors those developed by other recognized
disciplines. This subcommittee is chaired by LeeAnn Singley of
This group has been tasked with strengthening
the discipline of bloodstain pattern analysis by promoting and nurturing sound
scientific research. This subcommittee is chaired by Michael Illes of Trent University.
This subcommittee has been tasked to develop a comprehensive
system for the organization of recognized bloodstain pattern types
and a companion
lexicon for use in describing these patterns. The chair of this
is Stuart James of James & Associates Forensic Consultants.
The members of this subcommittee have been tasked with developing
for the basic educational and training requirements for practicing
pattern analysts and the basic content of specialized training
BPA. The chair of this subcommittee is Jon Forsythe, Senior Policy Analyst for the RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Services.