The following alphabetical list provides a short professional background of current and former associates of the Stria Consulting Group providing forensic training and case consultation:
Kenneth Eng - Retired Detective with the New York City Police Department’s CIRD – Latent Print Unit and Identification Section for a total of seventeen years.Ken is certified by the International Association for Identification as a Latent Print Examiner. Currently working as a forensic consultant, private investigator, forensic instructor and training consultant in the field of latent print examination.Ken also worked briefly with the Phoenix Police Department’s Crime Laboratory as a latent examiner evaluating and searching unknown latent prints through the Arizona Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AZAFIS) as well as the FBI Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).
Steven Fiorica - Retired Detective with the New York City Police Department’s Firearms Analysis Section for fourteen years. As a senior microscopist he was responsible for developing training programs for the unit and lecturing at a number of advanced investigative courses including the Criminal Investigation Course, Homicide Investigation Course and the Executive Development Course. Steve has testified in more than eight-hundred fifty (850+) cases throughout the NYC area, providing expert testimony and assistance in case evaluation, preparation and presentation in criminal cases. Currently working as a forensic firearms consultant and instructor in the field of firearms identification.
Robert Freese - Retired Detective with the New York City Police Department’s Firearms Analysis Section for eight years. Currently working as a contract firearms examiner for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C and as a forensic firearms consultant/instructor in the field of firearms identification. Bob has testified in 200+ cases in NY and Washington DC, providing expert testimony and assistance in case evaluation, preparation and presentation in criminal cases.
James Gannalo - Retired Detective with the New York City Police Department’s Firearms Analysis Section (Ballistics Squad) for nine years. Currently working as an independant firearms examiner since 1998. Jim has developed and administered training programs for the New York City Police Department (2001-2005) and the City of Philadelphia Police Department (2007-2008). These courses have been used successfully to instruct over forty (40+) firearms examiners. Jim has provided expert testimony in six hundred and fifty (650) trials in three (3) federal court districts and twelve (12) county courts located within the states of New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Connecicut and Pennsylvania.
Michelle Miranda - Former NYPD Laboratory criminalist and practicing forensic consultant, adjunct college instructor and consultant in the fields of criminalistics, recognition and collection of trace evidence, gunshot residue analysis and distance determinations, physical fit/jigsaw match examinations, pressure sensitive adhesive tape analysis, microscopic and instrumental analysis (including FT-IR (micro), XRD, XRF, Raman (micro), SEM/EDX, PLM) and digital imaging.
Anthony Pelliccio - Retired NYPD Detective formerly assigned to the Firearm’s Analysis Section for eleven years and chosen as one of the original examiners implementingating both the “Drugfire System” and the “Integrated Ballistics Identifications System” (I.B.I.S.) for the New York City Police Department.He has testified as an expert witness in more than one hundred trials related to firearms identification, microscopic analysis and computerized ballistics.He has been a faculty member and professor at St. John’s University and Nassau Community College sharing his passion for forensic science to hundreds of university students since 2006.
Richard Picciochi - Retired NYPD Detective specializing in signature, handwriting and other disputed document matters. Richard is a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners and is an adjunct college instructor. He provides scientific examinations, litigation support and expert testimony in civil, criminal and administrative litigation. Mr. Picciochi accepts cases involving disputed wills, deeds, contracts, forged checks, medical records, threatening and anonymous letters.
Hal Sherman - Retired Detective with the New York City Police Department's Crime Scene Unit and currently practicing forensic crime scene consultant, private investigator and training instructor in the fields of crime scene investigations, evidence recovery, preservation and classification, crime scene reconstruction, biological evidence collection and conservation. Hal has testified in hundreds of criminal cases and continues to provide professional assistance in case evaluation, courtroom preparation and trial presentation in both criminal prosecution and civil litigation. Hal has also co-authored a published illustrated guide related to crime scene investigation and provide scientific consultation for major movie studio and television productions.
Mercurio Veltri - Retired NYPD Detective, college professor and practicing forensic instructor and consultant in the fields of criminalistics, trace evidence recovery, preservation and classification, analysis of recovered trace paint particles from architectural and motor vehicle cases, providing professional assistance in case evaluation, courtroom preparation and trial presentation in both criminal prosecution and civil litigation. Mark is a licensed and practicing pharmacist, capable of explaining toxic effects and medicinal uses of drug substances.
Edward Wallace Jr.- Retired Detective with the New York City Police Department's Crime Scene Unit and currently practicing forensic crime scene consultant, holds certifications in teaching, hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction, fire investigations, post blast investigations, crime scene investigations, and homeland security. Ed has years of experience as an instructor and has performed numerous training lectures, nationally and internationally, on arson investigations, post blast investigations, crime scene investigations, WMD/Haz-Mat, to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and other emergency responders.
William Wheatley - Retired Detective Sergeant with the New Jersey State Police Ballistics Unit and is currently employed by the Essex County New Jersey Sheriff’s Office as a Forensic Firearm and Tool Mark Examiner and Integrated Ballistic Identification System (I.B.I.S.) Technician. Bill also provides private consultation and lectures in the forensic discipline of Firearm and Tool Mark Identification. Bill has instructed at the ATF Serial Number Restoration School and the National Firearms Examiners Academy (NFEA). Bill is a certified instructor with the New Jersey Police Training Commission (NJPTC), certified firearms instructor through the New Jersey State Police and is a court qualified expert witness in the forensic discipline of Firearm and Tool Mark Identification.
Each of our members have distinguished themselves as forensic instructors:
All have conducted training seminars for a variety of police officers, detectives, civilian investigators and senior officers from a variety of police agencies.
All have conducted training lectures for forensic laboratories for in a number of disciplines.
Two have collaborated as consultants for Hosfstra University to develop an accredited Bachelor of Science curriculum in Forensic Science.
Five are currently teaching college level courses at universities in New York and Louisana.
Most have been invited guest lecturers at training seminars presenting various forensic topics to members of a number of scientific organizations.
Most have instructed attorneys and judges at accredited continuing legal education (CLE) seminars.
Three have appeared as guest experts on a variety of broadcast television shows.
All of our associates continue to educate themselves in their chosen forensic discipline.
Six have been employed as training consultants to Police Crime Laboratories (inculding the New York City, City of Philadelphia, City of Houston, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Connecticut Division of Scientific Services, Massachusetts and New York State Police departments) providing forensic instruction coursework to senior and trainee examiners.
Additional information, including a recent copy of the member's Curriculum Vitae, can be obtained by contacting the Stria Consulting Group at (718) 236-7616 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.