Next month, Cadets will make their way to the NFSTC@FIU training facility, like they have for the past 10 summers. A decade of training up to 12 Cadets for two weeks on the latest in forensic science. That adds up to thousands of hours of curriculum development and hands-on instruction time in DNA to digital evidence
The program has been sought after not only because of the emerging importance of these skills in the military, but because it’s only ever been offered once a year.
“We’ve always provided the Biometrics and Forensic internship to the Cadets and their Command at no cost,” explains Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC@FIU executive director. “We’ve always pledged to keep it that way, and this year we are doubling our commitment and hosting two classes. We’re very excited about it.
Both classes will cover the same material – a CSI for the battlefield approach to forensic science. The Cadets will also have the opportunity to tour the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office laboratory and utilize their gun range.
“Their time here is lot of learning-by-doing,” says Lothridge. “We want every Cadet to leave after the two weeks with not just an understanding, but the ability to carry out some the work done in the field.”
The first class of Cadets arrive July 1, and the second beginning July 29.
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