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John Collins


CJ 210 Intro to Forensic Science


John Collins is graduate of Michigan State University and a former four-year varsity discus thrower for the MSU track & field team. He has worked in the forensic sciences for over 25 years, retiring as the Director of Forensic Science for the Michigan State Police, where he led the organization's 7 laboratories and nearly 250 employees to their first-ever international accreditation. Professor Collins began his career as a firearms & ballistics expert for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, after which he was recruited and hired as a forensic scientist for the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms (ATF). Over the course of his casework career, he examined over 10,000 firearms and assisted in the investigation of several hundred criminal cases. He has testified as an expert witness in criminal trials approximately 120 times, including several death penalty cases. The biggest case of his career was the bombing of the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta and the subsequent serial bombings that rocked the city afterwards. John has a master of arts degree in organizational management and is formally certified as a Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management. In his full-time work, he is the founder and president of Critical Victories, a company that specializes in high-stakes leadership consulting and executive coaching. He currently consults with forensic laboratory professionals and laboratories around the world and teaches some of the most highly-attended professional workshops covering leadership and professional excellence in forensic science.