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DCI Criminalist Supervisor Bob Monserrate Presented Prestigious August Vollmer Award from
International Association of Chiefs of Police

Des Moines, IOWA --- The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is proud to announce that Laboratory Criminalist Supervisor Bob Monserrate has received the prestigious International Association of Chiefs of Police August Vollmer Award for Excellence in Forensic Science.  Monserrate received this award on Saturday, October 19th, 2013 during the IACP award luncheon held during the IACP Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Criminalist Supervisor Monserrate was selected as one of four recipients of this prestigious award.  The other three recipients of the award were from Canada (2) and New Zealand, leaving Monserrate as the only US forensic scientist to receive this award.

Criminalist Supervisor Monserrate has participated in the development, coordination, and execution of the critical incident stress management, known as CISM, for decades.  In 1990, Criminalist Supervisor Monserrate co-founded the Central Iowa Critical Incident Stress Management Team.  Motivated by positive experiences with his involvement in the CISM effort, Monserrate has continued in this field of work in addition to his supervisory duties at the DCI Criminalistics Laboratory. 

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In 2009, Criminalist Supervisor Monserrate began working with laboratories to provide a structured format for CISM intervention for crime scene personnel.  Monserrate implemented CISM debriefings after critical incidents and observed their benefit to personnel firsthand.  As a direct result of the success of these debriefings Monserrate was asked to develop and train a department-wide CISM team to respond to CISM debriefing requests not only from the Department of Public Safety but also from our law enforcement partners throughout the state.

Over the years, Criminalist Supervisor Monserrate has provided CISM assistance to emergency responders and victim family members following tragic events including the Korean Airline Flight 801 crash in Guam, the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, and during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Andrew.

The CISM work performed by Criminalist Supervisor Monserrate, as well as the teams he has been instrumental in developing, have filled a critical role in helping Iowa law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and emergency response personnel to successfully cope with the traumatic experiences they encounter while serving the citizens of Iowa.

Monserrate has been employed with the Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory since 1979.  Monserrate currently supervises the work of DCI criminalists in the areas of toxicology, drug chemistry, and clandestine lab analysis.

The August Vollmer award recognizes exceptional achievement by law enforcement agencies, crime laboratories, and individuals in forensic science. Awardees have developed and implemented innovative strategies for providing superior forensic science services to law enforcement. The IACP named the award in honor of Chief August Vollmer who was a leading figure in the development of the field of criminal justice in the United States in the early 20th century. He is also widely known for being the most innovative police chief in American police history. Chief Vollmer was the first police chief of Berkeley, California, in 1909 and past president of the IACP in 1921. His contributions to law enforcement and the significant impact forensic science has had on the criminal justice system is a reflection of his vision.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has more than 21,000 members in over 100 countries.

Media Contact:
Bruce Reeve
(515) 559-7065


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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