(LONDON, Ohio)—BCI today marked its 90th anniversary with an open house and ceremony led by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and BCI Superintendent Tom Stickrath. The event took place at the BCI main office in London.
“The work BCI does is literally lifesaving when our people identify suspects and put them behind bars so they can’t hurt others,” said Attorney General DeWine. “I’m confident we’re on track for BCI to become one of the nation’s premier criminal investigation and analysis agencies serving the needs of the state’s criminal justice community to help protect Ohio’s families.”
What is now known as the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) originally began as a records repository within the former Department of Welfare. Today, the services that BCI makes available to local law enforcement extend to evidence analysis, background checks, fingerprint inventories, and cyber crimes.
BCI’s laboratories collectively process more than 100,000 pieces of evidence a year. And an average of 100 times a month, DNA evidence from a crime is matched with samples taken from Ohio offenders that are in BCI’s database, linking criminals to crimes they have committed here or elsewhere in the United States.
In addition to its headquarters in London, BCI has offices in Athens, Bowling Green, Richfield, and Youngstown.
Attorney General DeWine was joined at the ceremony by former Attorneys General Betty Montgomery and Nancy Rogers. Several past BCI superintendents were also on hand. The open house included a historical display of investigative equipment used by BCI since its inception.
A timeline of BCI’s history can be viewed at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.
Lisa Hackely: 614-466-3840
Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation