Richard Saferstein, Ph.D.
Forensic Science Consultant
Specializing in Forensic Aspects of
Alcohol and Drug Intoxication, DNA Analysis
and Criminalistics

Chief Forensic Scientist (Retired)
New Jersey State Police

curriculum vitae

Nationally recognized
forensic scientist and author.

From 1970 to 1991, Dr. Richard Saferstein headed the crime laboratory of the New Jersey State Police which is one of the largest forensic laboratories in the United States. Each year, this laboratory conducts over 35,000 case analyses using a staff of 85 professional scientists.

     Dr. Saferstein has served as an expert witness over 2000 times in nearly 150 federal and state courts involving a variety of forensic issues. His areas of expertise encompass breath and blood testing for alcohol, pharmacological effects of alcohol and drugs, detection and identification of drugs in biological fluids, arson-related analysis, and the forensic examination of blood, semen, hair, paint, fiber and glass evidence. Expertise includes review and evaluation of forensic DNA evidence.

     Dr. Saferstein is a prolific writer who has authored numerous papers and has had five books published by Prentice-Hall. His most notable is the standard forensic science text available in the field, Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science currently in its ninth edition. Dr. Saferstein is also the editor of the leading professional reference books in forensic science- Forensic Science Handbook Vol. I, Forensic Science Handbook Vol. II and Forensic Science Handbook Vol. III. Dr. Saferstein has also authored the book, Forensic Science: From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab. His name is found in the active membership roles of numerous professional organizations which reflect his broad range of professional interests. Dr. Saferstein is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

     Dr. Saferstein is the recipient of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2006 Paul L. Kirk Award for distinguished service and contributions to the field of Criminalistics.

     He is a member of American Chemical Society, the American Academy of Forensic Science, the International Association for Identification, the Canadian Society of Forensic Scientists, the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists.


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For more information contact:

Richard Saferstein, Ph.D.
20 Forrest Court
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Phone:  (856) 234-7134
Cell: (609) 706-5381
FAX:  (856) 778-4841