Janis Seestrom Tweedy
Forensic Document Examiner
|Total Security Concepts, Inc.|
750 South Plaza Drive, Suite 210
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120
Telephone: 651/ 994-9770
|Please E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries|
|Bachelor's Degree with a major in Chemistry from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, May, 1970.|
|Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners since April, 1995|
From October, 1970 until May, 2000, I was employed by the State of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) Forensic Science Laboratory. I have been assigned to the Blood and Urine Alcohol, Firearm and Toolmark and Questioned Document Sections of the Laboratory.
When I retired, I held the title of Forensic Science Supervisor with the responsibility of supervising the Questioned Document, Latent Print, Firearm and Toolmark and Photography sections of the BCA Laboratory. I was also the State's Lead Document Examiner.In September, 1980, I co-founded Total Security Concepts, Inc. I am now providing forensic services in the area of Forensic Document Examination in civil and criminal cases.
|Forensic Document Training|
|I completed an apprenticeship-type training program within the Questioned Document Section of the BCA Laboratory which involved the identification of handwriting, hand printing, typewriting, mechanical impressions, alterations and obliterations. This training program was over two years in length. As part of the training, I attended the Secret Service Questioned Document course at Glynco, Georgia, in January, 1983, and the FBI Questioned Document Course at Quantico, Virginia in March, 1983.|
|"A Study of Hmong Handwriting"||"Alteration and Obliteration"|
|"Counterfeit Bank Teller Machine Marks"||"Sports Memorabilia: Yesterday and Today"|
|"ESDA and the Post-It Note"||"New Check Security Features"|
|"Rubber Stamp or Hand Duplicator?"||"Two Computer Signature Identification Systems"|
|"Class Characteristics of Counterfeit Protection System Codes of Color Laser Copiers"||"Case Study of a Cancer Victim's Signature"|
|Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners's J. L. "John" Hale Achievement Award, October 2005|
|Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Certificate of Recognition, September 2001|
|Artificial Aging of Documents||Paper Properties|
|Detection of Counterfeit Travel Documents||Printing Techniques for Questioned Document Examiners|
|Facsimile Identification||Questioned Document Databases|
|Image Enhancement||Ink Identification|
|Signature Identification||Lottery Ticket Validation and Security Features|
|Difficult & Complex Handwriting Problems||Non-Destructive Testing of Documents|
|Difficult and Complex Handwriting Problems||Examination of Electrophotographic Documents|
I have the following equipment available for examinations:
While employed at the BCA, I was an Inspector for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/ Laboratory Accreditation Program (ASCLD/LAB).
I have participated in the FBI supported Scientific Working Group for Forensic Document Examination (SWGDOC) which is establishing operating guidelines for the field of Forensic Document Examination.