Colonel Calvin Hooker Goddard (1891-1955)

Colonel Goddard is credited with founding the science of Firearms Identification and first applying it to help police solve the 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre in which seven gangsters were killed by rival Al Capone mobsters dressed as Chicago police officers.

That case led to the establishment of Northwestern University, the country's first independent forensic science crime laboratory, which Goddard headed. This university brought firearms identification, fingerprinting, blood analysis, and trace evidence under one roof. Goddard advised the FBI in 1932 when they set up a similar forensic science crime laboratory.

In the still controversial case of Sacco and Vanzetti, Goddard's firearms tests in 1927 verified that the revolver police found on Nicola Sacco was that used in the fatal robbery- the defense experts concurred with his finding. Because of Goddard's work, countless numbers of criminals have been brought to justice and the innocent vindicated.


Sergeant Luke G. Laterza Sr.

Sergeant Luke G. Laterza Sr. is the winner of the 2013 Calvin H. Goddard Award for Excellence in Firearm Identification.

During the AFTE 2013 Training Seminar banquet dinner, SGT. Luke Laterza Sr. was awarded the Goddard Award for Excellence in Firearms Identification. His passion and dedication made a veritable difference in allowing the Newark, NJ PD to reach 2000 NIBIN hits since 2004, and reduce backlog to zero.

Moreover, Sgt. Laterza has put in place a 24-hour turnaround in order to provide investigators with investigative leads quickly and efficiently. On behalf of all the men and women of Forensic Technology, congratulations to Sgt. Laterza on this incredible accomplishment.



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