case,” Murphy said. “At 3:00 in the
morning, when that phone rings,
and that cop has a problem, they’re
addressing the problem.”
In addition to the aid of the
ASPCA’s liaisons, NYPD officers
have received additional training
on how to deal with animal cases
from the ASPCA, and laminated
cards containing information about
animal law have been distributed
for officers to keep in the memo
books they bring with them on
patrol. The cards also include the
ASPCA’s 800 number, the address
and hours of its animal hospital on
92nd street and language vetted by
the ASPCA’s legal advocacy team
and the NYPD’s legal bureau for
officers to use to have owners relinquish animal ownership at the scene of a complaint, making it easier for
the animals to be cared for while kept as evidence.
The partnership and its positive results reflect a “deep dedication” that both organizations share for protecting and achieving justice for the city’s animal population, ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershad-ker said.
“Working together, we can send an extremely clear message that animal cruelty is not a lesser crime,
and that we will use every tool available to secure the evidence needed to ensure that animal abusers are
caught and aggressively prosecuted,” he said.
Academia teams with industry, government
In a drastically different—but no less important—example, the National Science Foundation (NSF)
has an established platform that enables industrially relevant, pre-competitive research via multi-member,
sustained partnerships among industry, academia and government. The program is called the Industry-Uni-versity Cooperative Research Centers—and it just added the first forensic science center to its list of about
75 centers around the country.
The Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science (CARFS) is a multi-university center with two
research sites—one at Florida International Institute and a second at the University of South Alabama,
with affiliate sites at Northeastern University, George Washington University and Texas A&M. Started in
August 2017, CARFS tackles applied research—or as Jose Almirall, the center’s director, explains it, the
faculty of about 40 take a “curiosity-driven discovery that occurred in the lab and push toward application
of the needs of the user community.”
Normally, NSF funds curiosity-driven research, which is inherently high-risk—more often than not
ending in a published paper rather than a physical product. But CARFS’ mission is the opposite.
“It’s part of NSF’s way to fund innovation and commercialization of basic research,” Almirall, also the
director of FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute, told Forensic Magazine. “This is meant to propel
an idea, an innovation, an invention forward into the hands of the people that need it most.”
The structure of the center is one that has served NSF well for the last three decades, but has been
almost exclusively used in engineering centers. Utilizing the formula in a forensic science center—the first
of its kind—is new for NSF.
An NYPD officer poses with a Roo, a 3-year-old Shih Tzu who was rescued
by the ASPCA, during a meeting between ASPCA liaisons and the NYPD’s
Manhattan North Precincts in 2015. Photo: NYPD