Raymond Van Orden
Forensic Scientist Supervisor - Toxicology
Mesa Police Dept. Forensic Services
Ray joined the Mesa Police Department in 2007. He began his career as a Forensic Scientist Supervisor in the Toxicology Unit. Ray oversees the Toxicology Unit which does testing of blood and urine for volatiles that impair driving, testing of blood and urine for drugs that impair driving, corroborate Drug Recognition Evaluations (DRE). Ray supervised the Controlled Substance unit two different times over the 14-year period. He has a M.S. degree in Biochemistry from the S.U.N.Y College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Previous to his job at Mesa, he retired from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office with 20 years of service as a sworn Deputy Sheriff. Ray spent 17 of those years in the Crime lab performing controlled substance qualitative and quantitative analysis, blood alcohol analysis, latent print processing and comparison, AFIS, crime scene processing and reconstruction, and blood drug testing.
Time with Agency: 14 years
Time in Rank (Supervisor): 14 years
Previous Assignments: Forensic Scientist Supervisor over Controlled Substance Unit (in addition to toxicology) two different occasions.
Academic: M.S. degree in Biochemistry from the S.U.N.Y College of Environmental Science and Forestry
B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from the S.U.N.Y College of Environmental Science and
A.S. degree in Math and Science from S.U.N.Y Agricultural & Technical College at Alfred
Direct Reports: Tad Hanson, Forensic Scientist III
Lela Fokumlah, Forensic Scientist III
Heather Francois, Forensic Scientist III
Alicia Miller, Forensic Scientist II
Whitney Brown, Forensic Scientist II
Tatiunna Porte, Forensic Scientist I