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Troy Kelly

As Director of Crime Scene Sciences, Mr. Troy Kelly is the agency’s authority and expert in the collection and preservation of evidence taken from crime scenes in the District. He collaborates with federal, state and local agencies on the handling of crime scenes, evidence collection, investigative issues and initiatives.

Before coming to DFS in 2016, he was a contracted Forensics Program Manager for American Systems, leading and supporting a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) forensics laboratory operation.  In that capacity, Mr. Kelly’s duties included overseeing the development, logistics, budgeting, organization, planning, staffing, streamlining and implementation of the largest global forensics latent print laboratory to date.  His knowledge and leadership assisted the DOJ with managing a staff of 423 full-time employees, while having direct oversight of 76 managers during a 24/7/365 operation.  

Mr. Kelly also deployed and supported the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Biometrics laboratory developments in Afghanistan and Iraq for over four years.  His primary mission was to support forensic link analysis for Intelligence, to assist with removing threats.  His support to the Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC) mission and to the other DOD agencies helped with thousands of cases, links, and ultimately saving lives.  

Mr. Kelly is a Certified Latent Print Examiner (CLPE) with the International Association for Identification (IAI).  He worked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Latent Prints, Crime Scene, and as a DNA Technician.  He has a dual Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Studies and Criminal Justice from the University of West Florida.