In 2006, the law enforcement community expressed an interest in learning the details of major cases solved due to latent print identification. In response, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division developed the Biometric Identification Award Program to recognize law enforcement officers for their efforts in solving major cases using the Next Generation Identification System.
Each year, one success story is selected and promoted throughout various law enforcement publications and media. Norfolk Police Detective Melvin Grover was selected as the FBI’s 2015 Biometric Identification Award recipient for his integral contribution in a 2008 sexual assault case involving a Chief Petty Officer and her daughter in Norfolk, Virginia. Detective Grover’s latent print efforts also extended to the Middle East, assisting in the identification of the same suspect for another violent, sexual assault incident.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is honoring Detective Melvin Grover with the 2015 Biometric Identification Award tomorrow, October 30, 2015 at the Third Patrol Division Community Room located at 901 Asbury Avenue in Norfolk, Virginia. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m.
Federal dignitaries, as well as Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith and his select command staff will be present. The ceremony is open to the public and members of the media are invited to attend.