by George Bao
The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science situated in Connecticut has expanded its scope of services to establish its training center in the U.S. west coast.
Dr. Henry Lee came to Los Angeles on Thursday to open its office in the west. He said he has a dream to build a most sophisticated forensic science lab in the world to help solve the most difficult criminal cases in the United States, China and other countries.
Lee, born in China, has held the highest office in the U.S. justice system as a Chinese American by serving as the chief criminologist in the state of Connecticut from 1979 to 2000. He was also director of the Connecticut State Police Forensic Science Laboratory.
Lee has been called by the media as "a giant in the field of forensic science" who has assisted law enforcement agencies in over 6,000 major investigations and cases around the world.
Named by Wikipedia as "one of the world's foremost forensic scientists," Lee set up the Henry C. Lee Forensic Institute to train professionals working in the judicial system from all over the world, including police officers, detectives, prosecutors and judges.
Lee said that last year his institute trained over 100 professionals from China. Most of the students were between the ages of 30s and 40s. After the training, they became experts in the forensic field to help solve cases with sophisticated technique.
While opening his new office in Los Angeles, Lee said the new office will sponsor crime scene training, and provide consultation to prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges.
But the training is not restricted to the professionals. He will also provide advice to citizens on forensic and criminal investigation issues, and assist young Asians interested in police and forensic careers.
Daniel Deng, an attorney who donated a site for the new office and helped Lee to set up his office in the west coast, said that by setting up a new office, the Henry Lee Institute of Forensic Institute will make use of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department's resources in emergency response and data mining technology to train its students.
Deng said the institute can now send its students from Connecticut to Los Angeles to receive training in the handling of emergency situation and learn the use of the criminal data bank to solve cases.
The institute also has an office in New Orleans where students can go with the police to the crime scenes for practical training.
Deng said another 20 students are coming to the United States from China's Fujian Province to receive forensic training. He expects more students to come this year from different provinces and cities.
The new Henry C. Lee Forensic Institute building in Connecticut costs over 9.4 million dollars and has equipped additional four million dollars of advanced instruments. All the money comes from donations.
Lee said his dream has not stopped on the forensic lab. He dreams of help training the most talented forensic professionals to form a Flying Tiger Team in criminal investigation. The Flying Tiger Team members will be able to make use of the DNA technology, DNA data bank and Internet network to solve the most difficult cases no matter where they are.
He is also a visiting professor at the East China University of Political Science and Law. He travels frequently between the United States, China and the rest of the world, helping solve cases and delivering speeches.