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NFSTC Contributions Featured in Techbeat

Several NFSTC programs are highlighted in the Spring 2010 edition of Techbeat, a special edition focusing on the forensic sciences. The publication includes articles about:

  • NamUs, the national system that cross-matches records of missing persons with those of unidentified persons
  • DNA Clean Techniques, for avoiding contamination during collection of DNA samples
  • FIDEX, the Forensic Data Exchange system to improve data flow among crime labs, law enforcement and the courts
  • DNA.gov, a website with free, self-paced, online training for law enforcement, officers of the court and forensic analysts
  • Forensic Technologies Center of Excellence, an NIJ-established entity hosted by NFSTC in conjunction with four partner agencies

The issue features quotes from several NFSTC staffers about the variety of projects at the center, including CEO Kevin Lothridge, who says of NFSTC’s role in the forensic science community, “We’re the first adopters of new technology…. We look at everything, from things that officers and investigators would use at a crime scene, to tools for the crime lab and ultimately evidence in the court room.”

Techbeat is the official publication of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, an NIJ program. The publication is dedicated to reporting developments in technology for law enforcement, corrections and forensic sciences.

To see the full text of the special edition of Techbeat, click on the link below.

http://www.justnet.org/TechBeat%20Files/508%20TechBeat-Spring2010.pdf

NFSTC: Best Places to Work Finalist … Again

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NFSTC is proud to be selected by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as a 2010 Best Places to Work finalist for the second year in a row.  The organization is among 60 companies named for this honor in four size categories.  NFSTC is a finalist in the “Big” category, which includes companies with 26-50 employees. The Tampa Bay Business Journal  has been recognizing the area’s Best Places to Work for five years, and the event is highly regarded in the region.

“It’s the people on the NFSTC team who make this organization such a great place to work every day,” says Kevin Lothridge, CEO.  “We consider it an honor to do the work that we do, and we are proud to be considered one of the best companies to work for in Tampa Bay.”

Winners will be announced at the 2010 Best Places to Work Awards luncheon on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at the New Safari Lodge at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. For more information, please visit: http://tampabay.bizjournals.com/tampabay/stories/2010/03/08/daily12.html?ed=2010-03-09&ana=e_du_pub

CSI Night at NFSTC

More than 80 business, community and law enforcement leaders in the Tampa Bay area had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get first-hand experience in working a crime scene at the National Forensic Science Technology Center’s (NFSTC) CSI Night on Thursday, January 28th.

US Attorney Robert O'Neill, Joy O'Neill and Kevin Lothridge at CSI Night at NFSTC.
US Attorney Robert O'Neill, Joy O'Neill and Kevin Lothridge at CSI Night at NFSTC.

This invitation-only event educated community leaders about NFSTC, its projects, partners, and activities while also giving them a look into the world of forensics that most people never get. 

“Let’s face it, many business are heading into 2010 coming off some difficult times,” said Kevin Lothridge, CEO of NFSTC.  “Right now, because of the emerging importance of forensics and biometrics technologies, it is just the opposite for NFSTC.  We’re growing and we want to share some of the contributions we are making in the Tampa Bay business community as well as the global forensic community.”

Invited guests received their credentials, case file and evidence bag and participated in interactive activities giving them a rare opportunity to see how the real forensic professionals work. Each learning center debunked a commonly-held myth about an area of forensic science, including:

  • Fingerprinting
  • DNA collection
  • Ballistics  
  • Crime Scenes
  • Digital evidence
  • National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs.gov)
Carrie Sutherland, senior forensic specialist-DNA, demonstrates the use of alternate light sources for attendees of CSI Night at NFSTC.
Carrie Sutherland, senior forensic specialist-DNA, demonstrates the use of alternate light sources for attendees of CSI Night at NFSTC.

“With the popularity of shows like CSI and all its progeny, there is an increased awareness and interest in the world of forensics,” said Lothridge. “What better way to show the community how we influence this industry than to let them see and experience it first-hand.”

NFSTC, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, was founded in 1995 with one staff person, $1500 and a charge to ‘do good things’ for the industry.  The organization has grown to (an estimated) $13.1 million in annual sales in 2009 with nearly 50 employees who provide assessments, technology transition, training and support for the justice, forensic and military communities. The organization manages the Forensic Technologies Center of Excellence, directing special projects and support for forensic science conferences and Technical Working Groups. NFSTC receives funding through grants, 15 cooperative agreements with the National Institute of Justice, and contract services, always with the goal to ensure quality forensic services nationwide.