Association of
Fingerprint Officers

Louis "Lou" Bernard Herbert was SCAFO's 60th President. This website was Lou's concept and was created under his direction when he was President. He is missed, but not forgotten, by his friends and colleagues in the Southern California Association of Fingerprint Officers.

Lou was born September 10, 1945, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated from Ringe Technical High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1963.


Lou attended Northeastern University of Massachusetts for 2 years studying liberal arts before joining the United States Air Force in January 1965. He served as an Air Force Medical Technician and a Supervisor of Emergency Services until his retirement in January 1985.


Lou married his wife, Sandra, on March 4, 1967. They have three children, Derek, Christopher, and Michael.


In 1985 Lou moved his family to Moreno Valley, California. Lou joined the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Bureau of Investigation, on October 7, 1985, as an Investigative Assistant for the Subpoena Service Unit. On June 29, 1989, Lou was promoted to the position of Forensic Technician and spent the next few years building a fully functional Forensics Unit for the Riverside Office. Lou was promoted again to the position of Supervising Forensic Technician on August 12, 1999.


Lou was very involved with professional forensic and law enforcement associations throughout the State of California, including the Riverside County District Attorney Investigator's Association, The California Association for Property and Evidence (CAPE), who recognized Lou as the Property Officer of the Year for 1999, the Southern California Association of Fingerprint Officers (SCAFO), where he served as our 60th President, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association and the International Association of Identification. He was also an instructor for the American Red Cross, Riverside Chapter.


Lou was killed on the afternoon of Sunday, July 9, 2000, in a traffic accident near Kingman, Arizona, while traveling home with his wife after vacationing and attending a family reunion in Detroit, Michigan. The trailer Lou was towing was caught by a sudden gust of wind and overturned on the freeway, causing the car to overturn also. 

Lou was survived by his wife of nearly 34 years, Sandra, his 3 sons, Derek, Christopher and Michael, a sister, Helen Ford of Cambridge, Massachusetts, half-sister Dorothy Robinson, half-brother Russell O'Bnnes, half-brother William Trotman, and an aunt, Edith Robertson of Boston, Massachusetts.