Tuesday, September 23, 2014

10/02 Upstate SinC will host Ashley Harris

Thursday, October 2, the Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime has the pleasure of hosting Ashley Harris, the Chief Chemist over the Forensic Laboratory at the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Ashley Harris is a chemist, SLED trained drug forensics investigator, clandestine lab investigator, fire debris analyst, hazmat technician, bomb technician, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few. This short description does not do him justice. See below the meeting information for his complete bio. This should be a very interesting and informative meeting.
The monthly Sisters in Crime meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 2, at The Runway Café, 21 Airport Rd, Greenville, S.C. Be there at 6:15 p.m. to meet Ashley and enjoy the chapter fellowship. Supper should be served at 6:30. Harris’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Both the dinner and the meeting are open to the public.
In order for the Runway Café to speed service, dinner orders must be emailed to Ellis Vidler by noon the day of the meeting. If you can't dine with us, we would still like to know you plan to attend so we can be sure you have a seat. To see the special menu for our group, please visit our website—  www.sincupstatesc.blogspot.com  — and click on the Advance Order Menu tab at right.  If you place an order and do not attend or fail to cancel by noon, you will be charged for the meal. And like always, we'll enjoy it.

Ashley Harris is the Chief Chemist over the Forensic Laboratory at the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.  He graduated Wofford College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry.  He was hired by and completed training at the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in Forensic Drug Analysis in 1997.  The DEA conducted a Clandestine Laboratory Certification course in Overland Park, Kansas in February of 1998 where Ashley started his clandestine lab investigation career.  In 1999, he left SLED to establish the forensic laboratory at Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.  He received his certification in Fire Debris Analysis in 2000.  He received his Master’s Degree from Furman University in Analytical Chemistry with a focus in forensic analysis in 2002.   He joined the Spartanburg County HazMat Team and the Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad in 2005.  He became a certified Bomb Technician in 2006.  He responds to clandestine labs, hazardous materials calls, and explosive calls in Spartanburg County and other neighboring jurisdictions. He has completed in excess of 15000 drug cases and 430 fire debris cases in his career.  He has also responded to more than 600 crime scenes, with the majority of those being clandestine labs.

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