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Virtual reality crime scene training now available

Crime scene training developed by NFSTC in partnership with the University of Tennessee (UT) National Forensic Academy (NFA) is now available to state and local law enforcement professionals for free online till January 31. NFSTC leveraged its wealth of experience developing cutting-edge training for the justice community to bring the vision of virtual reality crime scene investigator training to fruition.

To develop this online training, NFSTC worked with UT’s subject matter experts to transform their instructor-led crime scene investigation curriculum into an online program, then brought in a leading gaming software development company to build the simulations that allow the participant to put theory into practice in a virtual crime scene.

Developed with a grant from the National Institute of Justice, the virtual reality-based training is targeted toward entry-level law enforcement personnel who may want to become crime scene investigators or forensic practitioners. However, the class is a great refresher for the seasoned investigator as well. Once registered, a participant can use the online training anytime, anywhere.

Topics covered include crime scene management, photography, latent print processing and DNA collection. To learn more and to register (law enforcement only), go to:

Rapid Biological Screening Workshop presentations now available online

In October, the National Institute of Justice, in conjunction with the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), sponsored the Rapid Biological Screening Workshop. The event brought together a number of forensic experts to discuss methodologies for dramatically improving throughput of biological samples.

Topics included ultraviolet/visible (UV-VIS) spectrometric analysis; developmentally regulated gamma hemoglobin messenger RNA (mRNA) isoforms; rapid melt-based STR prescreening at the crime scene; multiplex single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) melting assays to quickly differentiate crime scene samples; and NetBio’s fully integrated Accelerated Nuclear DNA Equipment (ANDE) system.

Presentations and other materials for this unique workshop are now available free online through NFSTC’s Projects Portal by clicking here. In addition, a number of other workshops and presentations can be accessed through NFSTC’s online portal at

NFSTC welcomes back Latent Print trainees

Fifteen enthusiastic Latent Print Examiner Training participants are returning to NFSTC’s state-of-the-art training facilities in Largo, Florida, next week (Monday, December 5) for the second session of the training program. Throughout the week, they will be learning about Ridgeology Concepts for Friction Ridge Examination; the course is sure to provide many interesting moments.

NFSTC welcomes Latent Print trainees

The third offering of the highly successful Latent Print Examiner Training program has begun at NFSTC in Largo, Florida. Over the next two weeks, instructors from Ron Smith and Associates will be conducting the first three courses of this comprehensive training program for 15 participants at NFSTC’s state-of-the-art training facilities. The group of new latent print examiners from around the country will gain knowledge and skills in friction ridge and palm print examination as well as latent print development techniques.

In total, this program will deliver 11 courses covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to Friction Ridge Examination
  • Palm Print Examination Techniques
  • Latent Print Development Techniques I
  • Ridgeology Concepts for Friction Ridge Examination
  • Fundamentals of Latent Print Examination
  • Automation, AFIS and Collection of Known Exemplars
  • Current Issues in the Science of Friction Ridge Individualization
  • Latent Print Development Techniques II
  • Digital Imaging Concepts for Latent Print Examiners
  • Complex Examination and IAI Certification Test Preparation
  • Fingerprint Expert Witness Testimony – Moot Courts