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Archive for Month: April 2012


Looking for training or technical assistance?

Does your agency need crime scene investigation training, forensic consulting, technology assessments or reviews? During these lean economic times, forensic support can help bridge the gap between your agency’s limited resources and your challenging service requirements.


Biological fluid collection device comparison

While DNA analysis may employ high-tech equipment, a decidedly low-tech device is key to efficiently performing this process: a swab. To determine whether some swabs are more efficient at collecting and releasing dried biological fluids than others, NFSTC scientists examined nine different swabs of varying materials/styles to gauge their performance in this application. To review the results of the study, download the Swab Collection Comparison Study now. To view additional reports, visit the NFSTC technology evaluations page.


NFSTC announces DNA Technical Review services

NFSTC now offers technical review services for case work and databasing, as allowed by the FBI QAS for DNA Databasing Laboratories and QAS for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories (9/1/2011), to get your eligible profiles reviewed for faster entry into CODIS. Laboratories can improve turn-around time while keeping analysts working the current case load, improve the chances that a perpetrator can be apprehended before striking again and exonerate falsely accused individuals.


Training Announcement: Latent Print Examiner

In partnership with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is pleased to announce that Latent Print Examiner Training will once again be provided at no cost to eligible applicants. The program will lead entry-level latent print examiner trainees through a series of course offerings designed to meet the International Association for Identification (IAI) certification requirement for technical training. Applications will be accepted through May 13, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT.


NFSTC staff member earns evidence photography certification

NFSTC Media Design Specialist, Becky Carter, has earned the Certified Evidence Photographer (CEP) designation from the Professional Photographic Certification Commission (PPCC). The Commission currently recognizes fewer than 100 photographers in the world with the CEP credential.