Toby L. Wolson, M.S., F-ABC retired in October 2015 from the Miami-Dade Police Department Forensic Services Bureau after 33+ years of service.
Toby has received forensic training in serology, DNA (RFLP, PM, HLA DQ-alpha and STR), bloodstain pattern analysis, and hair analysis. He has presented papers concerning his studies in forensic biology and bloodstain pattern analysis at meetings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association for Identification, and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA). He is a member in each of the preceding professional organizations and is a Past President of the IABPA. Mr. Wolson is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and the Journal of Forensic Identification.
In September 2014, Mr. Wolson was appointed to the Organization of Scientific Area Committees Physics/Pattern Scientific Area Committee as the Chair of the Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Subcommittee (OSAC). OSAC is part of an initiative by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Justice to strengthen forensic science in the United States.
Mr. Wolson has testified as an expert witness in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Circuit Court of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Circuit Court of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Circuit Court of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Grand Jury of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania), Grand Court, Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County (Ohio), Grand Court, Georgetown, Cayman Islands, B.W.I., Superior Court of the United States Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, District Court, Clark County (Nevada), Circuit Court of Prince Georges County (Maryland), and Detroit Recorder’s Court (Michigan). Mr. Wolson became involved in teaching in 1983 and has instructed in more than 150 seminars and conferences.
As of April 2018, Mr. Wolson had instructed 1,611 students in 69 basic bloodstain pattern analysis workshops, and 392 students in 26 advanced bloodstain pattern analysis workshops. The professional background of the students attending the workshops included criminalists, crime scene technicians, police detectives, medical examiners, attorneys (prosecuting and defense), registered nurses, Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigators, U.S. Army CID investigators, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations investigators, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, investigators for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, college professors, graduate students, and a mystery writer. The students have come from the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Abu Dhabi, Aruba, Austria, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dubai, France, Germany, Grenada, Jamaica, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Peru, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Turkey.