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Archive for Month: November 2012


Long-awaited bloodstain analysis video now available

Blood spatter evidence can be messy and may pose difficulties for crime scene investigators. However, experts trained in bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA) can gather a significant amount of information about the events that produced bloodshed by studying the droplets left behind. NFSTC recently worked with BPA expert John Black from Ron Smith & Associates to produce a video demonstrating one of the methods investigators use to analyze blood stains, the stringing method.


NFSTC introduces dental hygiene students to science of forensic odontology

NFSTC’s Instructional Systems Manager, Eileen Fynan, spoke to dental hygiene students at St. Petersburg College on Thursday regarding dentistry in forensics. Her presentation, The Role of Dentistry in Medicolegal Death Investigations, introduced students to the science of forensic odontology – the branch of dentistry concerned with the examination, evaluation and […]


Latent Print students wrap up with moot court

Latent Print 4 (LP4) students spent their last week of training preparing for and attending moot court sessions at NFSTC. Each student was questioned on the stand by latent print experts acting as the defense counsel and prosecutor, allowing them to practice the skills needed to be an expert witness in court. Moot court was the last test for the LP 4 students, who celebrated their graduation from the program this past Friday.


Latent Print students put their skills to the test

NFSTC’s Latent Print 4 participants finished a grueling week that included complex comparisons and preparation for the IAI Latent Print Certification Exam. Participants also completed a mock exam that tested their abilities in theory, pattern recognition and comparison. Coming up next, students prepare to put their expert witness skills to the test during moot court testimony.


NFSTC to provide ICAC investigation training

For the third year in a row, NFSTC, in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the High Tech Crime Institute (HTCI) will provide the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Specialized Investigative Techniques (SIT) – Cell Phone Investigation, Collection and Law course at no cost to ICAC Task Force members and other investigators.