NevadaCSI Origin / Project Developments

NevadaCSI is a private group of concerned citizens who are actively working to promote the use of forensic science as a means to solve crime, prevent crime and save lives. Our success will contribute to the overall goal of making our communities safer.

NevadaCSI was originally established in Henderson, Nevada, in 2007 under the original name “Friends of CSI”. The current objective of the all-volunteer organization is to raise private funds to build, equip and support a publicly operated Forensic Science Center/Forensic Laboratory (commonly referred to as a “crime lab”) in southern Nevada.

In 2014 and 2015, NevadaCSI provided two grants in the amount of $70,000 and $100,000, respectively, to the City of Henderson. The grants were provided for two independent sets of laboratory design/architectural/planning teams to conduct a laboratory needs assessment, complete preliminary/conceptual design plans, and develop cost estimates for a new Forensic Science Center, with the central component being a forensic laboratory. Those funds were, and currently are, managed for NevadaCSI by the Henderson Community Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3) organization in the state of Nevada.

NevadaCSI agreed to lead the effort to obtain private funds to build a new Forensic Science Center, to be operated/managed by a publicly-funded organization. Current plans assume the City of Henderson to become the operator.

Two of the conditions that NevadaCSI requires for granting private funds for construction of the Center include (a) providing facility space for practical application/partnership with a local college/university, and (b) space for future growth.


Note: The following information regarding partnership opportunities with Nevada State College is repeated from the "Educational Opportunities for Southern Nevada" page. We feel it is important to mention this again as the Educational Component is an integral part of the Forensic Science Center project.

Nevada State College (NSC) expressed an interest in partnering with the City to explore the possibility of incorporating an educational component into the Center. Nevada State College, under the authority of the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, is developing a 509 acre campus adjacent to City property. Co-locating the Center on or near the campus presents a myriad of opportunities for the project, including the creation of a skilled workforce pipeline and the prospect of future growth.

Notes:

The following are examples of forensic laboratories on university/college campuses:

  • Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Laboratory, Washburn University campus, Topeka, KS.
  • Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Hertzberg Davis Forensic Laboratory, Cal State LA campus, Los Angeles, CA.
  • West Virginia Criminal Justice Agency Forensic Laboratory, Marshall University Forensic Science Center, Huntington, W. VA.
  • Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.
  • Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Crime Lab, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
  • California Department of Justice Crime Lab, Fresno State Campus, Fresno, CA
  • Regional Crime Lab, Indian River State College, Main Campus, Fort Pierce, FL.
  • Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, University of Arkansas Community College, Hope, AR.
  • Greenville County Department of Public Safety (DPS) Forensic Laboratory, Greenville Technical College, Greenville County, SC.
  • Iowa DPS, Division of Criminal Investigation, Criminalistics Laboratory, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny Campus, Ankeny, IA.
  • Alabama (talks underway) – A group including law enforcement, prosecutors and state elected officials began meetings in January 2016 regarding an eight-county Regional Forensic Laboratory to be operated on the University of North Alabama campus, Muscle Shoals, AL.

The buildings housing the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Forensic Laboratory and Crime Scene Investigation Section are not publicly owned. They are leased from a private corporation.



NevadaCSI Chairman, Rick Workman

  • Mr. Rick Workman has a wide variety of military supervisory, managerial, and command experience; and "civilian" supervision and management experience over a 42 year period. His unique experiences and record of successes uniquely qualify him as the Forensic Science Center Project Manager and NevadaCSI Chairman.
  • Note: Mr. Workman's volunteer duties with NevadaCSI are separate and distinct from any government agency. Statements made by him, on his behalf, and/or from other representatives of NevadaCSI do not reflect nor purport to represent the City of Henderson, Henderson Police Department, Clark County, nor any other government organization unless otherwise stated. All solicitations for private funds are also separate and distinct from the City of Henderson.

Military Experience/Work History — Some career highlights

   — Enlisted at 17 years of age, promoted to Sergeant at 19, Commissioned Officer at 28
  • Director, Weapons Safety Division, United States Air Force Weapons and Tactics Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Managed the U.S. Air Force Weapons and Tactics Center (WTC) weapons safety and nuclear surety programs; including the largest, most active and complex weapons safety program in the U.S. Air Force.
  • Commander for Maintenance, 37th Operations Group (Deployed), King Khalid AB, Saudi Arabia, Operation Desert Storm, 2nd rotation. Managed all aircraft maintenance, weapons loading, sortie (flight) production, logistics, safety, administration, and training for all F-117A Stealth Fighters in Southwest Asia for portions of two campaigns during the latter part of operation Desert Storm. Maintained 24-hour combat readiness for possible air strikes against enemy resources with only 64 percent manning.
  • Commander for Maintenance, 417th Fighter Squadron, 37th Fighter Wing, Tonopah Test Range, Nevada. Managed sortie production, maintenance, and quality assurance for 19 F-117A Stealth Fighters to prepare pilots to fly demanding night, single ship missions in support of Joint Chiefs of Staff directed national defense objectives.
  • Maintenance Supervisor, 37th EMS, 37th Fighter Wing, Tonopah Test Range, Nevada. Managed major maintenance, inspections, fabrication, and structural repair of all F-117As and AT-38Bs assigned to the Fighter Wing.
  • Nuclear Weapons Technical Inspector, Defense Nuclear Agency — a selectively manned, Joint Service organization (3 year assignment). Conducted, for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Nuclear Weapons Technical Inspections of units having responsibility for the assembly, maintenance, storage, handling, arming, launching, firing, and security of nuclear weapons and weapons systems. Inspected U.S. and NATO military units (installations, bases, ships, submarines, aircraft, special forces, artillery, and other tactical units) worldwide.
  • Officer in Charge, Air Launched Missile Maintenance Branch. Managed maintenance, inspection, security, safety and personnel training for the all assigned Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM), Short Range Attack Missiles (SRAM), and their associated nuclear weapons/warheads. Managed a 110 million dollar cruise missile modification project. Provided direct oversight of defense contractor personnel, realigned procedures and work requirements for Air Force technicians, and completed the projected in 75% of the contracted time — saving over 218 thousand dollars in labor costs alone. As 97th Bomb Wing ALCM GLOBAL CRUISE operational test mission Logistics Project Officer, planned all aircraft and missile activities up to the actual launches.
  • Officer in Charge, Combat Weapons Loading Team, 97th Bomb Wing, Blytheville AFB, Arkansas. Responsible for team selection, training and supervision. The team of B-52 weapons loaders, tactical security force, and aircraft crew chiefs developed and demonstrated ability to provide aircraft maintenance and aircraft weapons loading in a hostile environment; risk assessment, detection, and classification; and security/tactical recovery of nuclear weapons and aircraft.
  • Officer in Charge, Armament Systems Branch, 97th Munitions Maintenance squadron, Blytheville AFB, Arkansas. Managed loading/unloading of Air Launched Cruise Missiles, nuclear gravity weapons, and conventional weapons systems on all assigned B-52G strategic bombers. Directed maintenance, modification, operational checkout, and reconfiguration of aircraft weapons systems.
  • Explosive/Nuclear Safety Officer, Security (Surety) Officer, and Bomb Wing Aircraft/Nuclear Accident Investigation Board Member, 97th Bomb Wing (Heavy), Blytheville AFB, Arkansas. Managed the best Nuclear Safety Program in the Strategic Air Command.
  • Nuclear Weapons Supervisor, Nuclear and Conventional Weapons Inspector and Quality Manager, and Nuclear Weapons Crew Chief; US Air Force, Non-Commissioned Officer. Maintained nuclear weapons at various locations worldwide. Managed the Vandenberg Air Force Base Minuteman III Missile Re-entry System assembly/test/maintenance facility, and Munitions Quality Control Branch, in support of the Strategic Air Command Minuteman II and III, and Titan Missile Operational Test Launch Programs.

Civilian Work History/Experience — A few examples

  • Criminalistics Administrator (Forensic Lab Director / CSI Manager), for City of approximately 280,000 population from 2000 – 2009 and 2013 – 2016.
  • Started and developed the Crime Scene (CSI) section.
  • Started and developed the Forensic Laboratory. The lab includes: blood alcohol and blood drug analysis (toxicology), drug analysis, latent prints (fingerprints), and other discipines.
    • The toxicology lab is the most advanced Forensic Toxicology lab in the state, in regard to the number and types of drugs that can be analyzed.
  • Implemented the first Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) with palmprint capability in state of Nevada.
  • Chairman / Member, Motorola International Biometrics Users’ Group Executive Board. Represented users from 37 countries and 30 U.S. states, 2003-2008.
  • Managed Police Department’s Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accreditation program; developed, modified and maintained Department and Division policies and procedures; conducted staff inspections and evidence audits. In March 2014, the department was awarded the Accreditation with Excellence Award, with the Gold Standard Assessment, the highest award presented by CALEA.

Academics

  • Master of Aeronautical Science, Aerospace/Aviation Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Management, University of LaVerne, LaVerne, CA
  • Associate of Science, Administration of Justice, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA
  • Associate of Applied Science, Nuclear Technology, Community College of the Air Force.

Faculty Experience

  • Regis University, Affiliate Instructor, 2010 – present. Undergraduate courses in Forensic Science and Senior Capstone.
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University , Adjunct Instructor, 1992 – 2000. Graduate/Undergraduate aircraft maintenance management and aviation safety/security.
  • Nevada State College, Adjunct Instructor, 2003-2005. “Executive Leadership and Management”, Bachelor of Science in Public Administration – Law Enforcement Program.
  • Southern Desert Regional Police Academy, 2000 – 2007, 2013 - 2016. Introduction to Forensic Science, Evidence, Fingerprints, and Crime Scene Investigation courses.