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Farrell C. Shiver is a former Chief of the Questioned Documents Division (now known as the Forensic Documents Section) of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL), Fort Gillem, Georgia.  He is also a graduate of USACIL's two-year resident course of instruction in Forensic Document Examination.  Mr. Shiver was assigned to the Questioned Documents Division from 1989 until his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1999.  During Mr. Shiver's tenure at USACIL he testified as a expert witness in courts-martial and federal courts across the U.S., in Europe, and in Asia.


In addition to Division Chief, Mr. Shiver held the positions of Questioned Documents Division Training Officer and Quality Assurance Officer.  As Training Officer, he was responsible for administering USACIL's course of instruction in Forensic Document Examination.  In doing so, he trained four forensic document examiners for the U.S. Army.  As Quality Assurance Officer, he was responsible for administering the proficiency testing program and the quality assurance requirements for the Questioned Documents Division. 


USACIL is a subordinate organization of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC), which is better known as CID.  Although, USACIL is operated by the U.S. Army, it performs forensic examinations for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marine Corps, and other Department of Defense investigative agencies. 


In addition to its Forensic Documents sections, the other sections are Latent Fingerprints, Firearms/Tool Marks, Serology/DNA, Trace Evidence, Drug Chemistry, and Imaging.  The Imaging Section is responsible for computer crimes and audio enhancement, as well as imaging.


USACIL has a long history that dates back to almost the beginning of crime laboratories in the United States.  It began in 1943, in the midst of World War II, as a mobile laboratory in North Africa.  The laboratory advanced with the troops and eventually was established as a permanent laboratory in Germany. 


A second laboratory, USACIL-Pacific, was established in the Philippines and eventually moved to Tokyo, Japan.  Beginning in 1948, this laboratory was commanded by the noted criminologist, Col. Calvin Goddard.  During the Vietnam war, another laboratory was established in Long Binh, Vietnam. That laboratory's mission was absorbed to the Japan Laboratory.


The third USACIL laboratory, USACIL-CONUS, was established at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1945 and moved to Fort Gordon, Georgia in 1948.  It moved to its current location, Fort Gillen, Georgia in 1983.


Up until 1987, the three laboratories independently of one another.  In 1987, the laboratories were placed under a centralized laboratory command located at Fort Gillem.


As a result of the post-cold war drawdown of the U.S. Army, USACIL-Pacific was closed in 1993 and USACIL-Europe was closed in 1996.  All crime laboratory operations were absorbed by the laboratory at Fort Gillem, which was redesignated as USACIL. In 2006, USACIL moved into a new $30.1 million dollar facility at Fort Gillem.


The laboratory has been accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors -Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB) since 1985.  USACIL's motto is "Justitia Per Scientia" (Justice Through Science).






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Shiver & Nelson Document Investigation Laboratory, Inc.

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