Criminal Investigations | Forensic Coordinator
Mr. Donnie Barker joined the Institute Staff in January 1999 as a training specialist responsible for the development and presentation of training programs in the criminal investigative field and traffic crash investigations. He began his law enforcement career with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office as a crime scene investigator. In the Forensics Sciences Section, he served as a forensic science specialist, unit shift supervisor, on-call major case supervisor, FTO Unit coordinator, and Unit Training coordinator.
Mr. Barker’s teaching background is extensive with over 22 years of professional forensic science instruction with various consulting companies and universities throughout the United States, Southern Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and the Middle East. He is a regular speaker at Forensic and Crash conferences.
With 27 Years of law enforcement experience and consultation, Mr. Barker has developed his expertise in all areas of criminal and crash investigations, with specific emphasis on the evidence at the scene of occurrence. He is an experienced courtroom witness and is certified as a courtroom expert in the fields of Crime Scene Processing, Fingerprint Processing, Blood Presumptive Testing and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation.