Atlanta Police Department Public Affairs
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Experienced Crime Lab Director named at Atlanta Police Department
Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Don Mikko as Director of the Atlanta Police Department Crime Lab. Mikko assumed the duties of the Director on May 18, 2012. As Director, Mr. Mikko will be responsible for supervising the forensic laboratory support provided to City of Atlanta law enforcement and investigative agencies.
“These services are hugely important to supporting our investigative work, solving crimes and achieving justice for victims affected by crime,” said Chief Turner. “Don’s experience, wealth of knowledge and leadership in the Crime Lab will be a tremendous asset to both the Department and to the citizens of Atlanta.”
The Atlanta Police Department’s crime lab provides state-of-the-art forensic services in firearm and toolmark identification, marijuana drug testing, National Integrated Ballistics Identification Network, Integrated Identification Ballistic Systems support and 24/7 crime scene support. It is currently staffed by seven forensic examiners and technicians, in addition to Mr. Mikko.
Mikko has served as a Special Agent in the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) for 15 years and has spent the past 22 years as a Forensic Firearm and Toolmark Examiner at the U.S. Army Crime Laboratory, Fort Gillem, GA. He was the Chief of the Firearms Branch at the Army Crime Lab for the past 12 years. Mikko is an American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation Board inspector and International Organization for Standardization assessor and is certified by the Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners in all three forensic disciplines, which includes firearms, toolmarks and gunshot residues. Less than 3% of his colleagues are certified in all three disciplines and he serves on the Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners certification committee.
He has a Master’s Degree in Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is an adjunct professor for Southern Griffin Technical College and has instructed forensic courses at Central Texas College and Clayton State College. Mikko is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 180th Session (1995). He also holds Post Certification within the State of Georgia for several forensic firearm type courses. He is a member of several professional organizations.
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