Cristina Gonzalez | Vice President Region I (Pacific)

CCgonzal@lasd.org

 

Cristina Gonzalez has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry.  She has worked for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) as a Criminalist for over 25 years.  Prior to her time at the Sheriff’s Department, she worked for a short period at the Los Angeles County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s Office.  At LASD, she has worked in a number of different disciplines including Blood Alcohol, Trace Evidence and CSI.  Since 2001, Cristina has been assigned to the Forensic Biology Section. She has over 20 years of crime scene experience, including 10 years of BPA experience. Cristina has testified as an expert in all these areas in state and /or federal courts. During her time at the Sheriff’s crime lab, Cristina has developed and implemented training and analytical procedures in the Trace, CSI and BPA disciplines.  She oversees the CSI and BPA training programs for the laboratory and provides technical expertise as well. She successfully completed several advanced BPA classes; the most recent being Fluid Dynamics in Bloodstain Pattern Formation in 2014. Cristina has received Department commendations for her work in BPA and Biology.  She recently met all the training requirements to be granted status as a qualified ASCLD-LAB- International assessor. Cristina has also participated as an instructor as part of the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). She has given presentations at the California Association of Criminalists Seminar and at the Inaugural Forensic Science Student Symposium at California State University- Los Angeles.