Mr. Henry Swofford is the principal forensic analyst at HJS Consulting, LLC. Swofford is certified by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a latent print examiner with over 15 years of experience working in an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited forensic science laboratory.
Swofford received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Georgia State University and his Masters of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Florida. Prior to serving as an independent forensic consultant, he was the Chief of the Latent Print Branch for the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) responsible for overseeing forensic latent print operations in support of the criminal investigative mission of the U.S. Department of Defense world-wide. Under his leadership, the USACIL Latent Print Branch gained international recognition for implementing policies, procedures, and practices to reform traditional forensic science methods and strengthen the scientific rigor of latent print examinations. Prior to this, he served as a Quality Assurance Manager, Research Coordinator, and Physical Scientist/Latent Print Examiner for the USACIL as well as a Laboratory Technician for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Over his career, Swofford has authored several articles and given over 130 professional presentations throughout the United States and International community related to forensic science methods and practices, including applications of statistical methods to latent print examination. He has testified in Federal and Military courts as an Expert and currently serves as the Chair of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Friction Ridge Subcommittee, a member of the Board of Directors for the IAI, a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Identification, a member of the Academy Standards Board (ASB) Friction Ridge Consensus Body, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), among other committees and professional affiliations.