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Welcome to the Ohio Identification Officers Association

The Ohio Identification Officers Association strives to be a professional association
for those engaged in investigation, forensic identification and scientific examination of physical evidence.

Forensic Service Providers Support Attorney General Sessions Forensic Initiative

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Ray Jorz as IAI PresidentHello OIO Family,

I'm excited to begin this culminating year as the President of OIO and would like to take a moment to introduce myself. Some of you know me as Sgt. Gutka from the Eastlake Police Department, some of you know me as Chris, and some of you may know me as the guy that always has a question to ask or an answer to give at the hospitality room.

Just for a bit of background…I have been in law enforcement for 24 years. I began at the Kirtland Police Department when I caught the "crime scene bug". It was a wonderful opportunity for me to see the process. The agency was a small department, where everyone handled all aspects of crimes. When I transitioned my career to Eastlake Police Department, I was allowed to flourish in a Scientific Investigation Unit with one of my mentors Lou Formick. He encouraged me to become a part of this wonderful OIO network.

As you know, it is not just about hunting the bad guy, finding the fingerprint, and looking at crime scene photographs for hours. It is about the need to help those who at the time that they are brought to us, have not been able to help themselves. We are able to provide some hope for closure for victims.

You are all noble and knowledgeable in this field and I have learned so much from you all. My goals this year are to bring the organization to a level in which we use the technologies provided to us, the skill of our members and the span of our reach to allow future forensics and evidence specialists assist with carrying on what our board and leadership team have worked so hard to develop.

Save the date for our conference this year in Columbus on September 6th, 7th, and 8th. Already scheduled is the FBI who will give a review of the Ariel Castro case (Cleveland). Certainly now would be the time to speak up if there are areas of interest, cases, or contacts that you would like to bring to our attention. My contact information is below.

Thank you for this opportunity, your friendship, your mentorship and your skills that you share with me every year. Welcome to 2017!

Be safe and never give up on learning. We have a gift.


Chris Gutka Ken Roberts

Chris Gutka
2017 OIOA President

Welcoming new elected board member
as Sgt at Arms, Ken Roberts

2016 President Ed Biederstedt
receiving his Presidential plaque
IAI Latent Certification Rep Jennifer Yoak