-Harold W. "Rus" Ruslander, CSCSA, D-Abmdi


H.W. "Rus" Ruslander began his career in law enforcement by spending six years in the United States Army National Guard as a military policeman. While finishing his service, Rus joined the Prince George’s County, Maryland Police Department on January 13, 1969 and served an additional 23 years as a police officer. During his tenure, Rus gained a broad range of experience to include uniform patrol, special operations, administrative, and investigations units.

After retiring from Prince George's County in 1992, Rus moved to Florida and embarked on a new phase of his law enforcement career. Rus worked as a crime scene investigator and latent fingerprint examiner for the Lake Worth Florida Police Department for 3 ½ years before moving over to work in Palm Beach County to work the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for six and a half years as a crime scene investigator. Rus has been recognized as an expert in the U.S. District Court of Palm Beach County as well as the 15th Judicial Circuit Court in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Then in January of 2003 Rus accepted a position with the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office and became the Chief Investigator where he supervised a 20-person office while managing administrative, public relations, and investigative duties.

Rus maintains certification by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and a Certified Latent Print Examiner. He was also the first person certified by the IAI as a Certified Bloodstain Pattern Analyst in the state of Florida. Rus also holds certification as a Diplomat in Death Investigation by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Currently, Rus serves the IAI as its First Vice President and is slated to become President of the IAI in 2016. Rus is also a past President of the Florida Division of the IAI (FDIAI), the largest division in the world. Rus is a Distinguished Member of both organizations.

Giving back is very important to Rus and he taught as an adjunct at the Palm Beach Community College Law Enforcement Academy and South University Royal Palm Beach campus. Additionally, Rus has developed and taught numerous courses in basic and advanced crime scene investigations, forensic photography, bloodstain pattern analysis, buried body and surface skeleton recovery and is a published author with numerous articles in the FDIAI News, The IAI’s Journal of Forensic Identification, and on online resources.

More recently, Rus embarked on a new chapter of public service related work and now trains and deploys the only human remains detection canine that has ever been assigned to a Florida Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Rus Ruslander's Course list:

  • Buried Bodies and Skeletal Remains Recovery
  • Forensic Photography
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Basic Crime Scene Investigation Techniques
  • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation Techniques
  • Mediocolegal Death Investigation