Welcome to the Vermont Forensics Laboratory

The VFL is the only forensic laboratory in the State of Vermont and provides services to the entire criminal justice system. Police officers representing local and state agencies, in addition to game wardens, state's attorneys' investigators and public defenders all bring evidence to the laboratory for examination.

The laboratory is relatively small but the VFL examiners conduct a wide range of forensic examinations. Some of the routine examinations conducted by the VFL are represented on this web site.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the VFL, please feel free to contact the laboratory.


News and Information

  • Latent Print Examinations

    Waterbury, VT - 2/20/2015 - As some of you may be aware, the Vermont Forensic Laboratory (VFL) no longer has latent print examiners on staff.  The VFL has contracted with an outside vendor, FoCoSS Forensics, to conduct latent print examinations.  Please note that evidence for latent print cases is still being accepted at the VFL.  If there is a need for rush analysis, inform the Evidence Technician during submission or contact the laboratory at 244-8788.  Reports for latent print cases will be generated by FoCoSS Forensics, but distributed to requesting agencies in the same manner as other VFL reports.

  • Management Changes at the Vermont Forensic Laboratory

    Waterbury, VT - 2/2015 - On behalf of Commissioner Flynn, the Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce two promotional appointments within the Department of Public Safety’s Forensic Laboratory. The Lab Director’s position, left vacant by the retirement of Peg Schwartz in November, will be filled by Dr. Trisha Conti.  Dr. Conti has 9 years of experience at the lab last serving as Supervisor of the Alcohol and Biology Sections.  Dr. Conti received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Dartmouth College.

    We are also pleased to announce the promotion of Tara Tighe to the position of Assistant Lab Director. Tara Tighe, M.S., has 17.5 years of experience at the lab serving in positions such as Quality Manager and Supervisor of the Drug Chemistry/Trace Section. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry from Penn State University. The implementation of an Assistant Lab Director’s position recognizes the need to utilize a more cooperative management approach within the laboratory.

  • Updated Breath and Blood Alcohol Analysis Rule

    Waterbury, VT - 12/10/2012 - The Proposed Updated Administrative Breath and Blood Alcohol Analysis Rule is available for review.