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2011 OVC Sexual Assault Response Team Training announcement

Sixth National Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training Conference will be held  May 25 – 27, 2011, in Austin, Texas.  Scholarships are available.

The primary focus of the 2011 SART Training Conference will once again expand the capacity of SARTs to promote health and healing of sexual assault victims, hold sex offenders accountable for their crimes, and realize the hope of preventing further sexual violence in their communities.

The training in 2011 will add an additional concentration on responding to victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. This focus will serve to help practitioners increase their collective capacity to respond to sexual assault, provide them a forum to consider how to best facilitate healing and justice for Native victims, and ultimately meet the goal of developing sustainable and high-functioning SANE/SART programs in Tribal communities.

Download this flyer for more information about the training and availability of scholarships.

This project is sponsored by SANE-SART Resource Service and funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Grant No. 2009-VF-GX-K011.  

NFSTC’s Essentials of CSI training featured on FOX13 Tampa

powder_0116Tampa Bay’s local Fox News station, FOX13, came out to NFSTC to learn more about the National Institute of Justice Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation training for law enforcement, developed and delivered by NFSTC.  The piece highlights law enforcement trainees from different areas of the country, as well as the valuable skills they learn through hands-on scenario training. 

The story can be viewed online at

For information about customized training, training facilities and online options, please contact

NFSTC’s Training of Wisconsin DNA Analysts Recognized

DNA Analyst TrainingWisconsin Attorney General J.B.Van Hollen, recently declared the state’s DNA backlog backlog to be “history”.   In an Associated Press (AP) story dated April 21, 2010, a letter from Van Hollen to the state’s lawmakers announced the success of on of his top priorieties since taking office in 2007.  Van Hollen credits the training, provided by the National Forensic Science Technology Center, to have increased the labs’ productivity.

The state’s backlog of DNA cases was addressed using a combination of new staff, robotic technology, crime laboratory expansion and training.  To read the story, please click here.

NFSTC’s CSI class featured in the Saint Petersburg Times

NFSTC e-learning_imageNFSTC’s Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation, a training class for new investigators, was featured in the Saint Petersburg Times on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.  This class, funded by the National Institute of Justice, provides online and hands-on training in a variety of forensic investigation techniques and is provided free of charge to the agencies.  A series of classes will be held throughout 2010.

To read the story, please visit

To view the companion web video, please visit

To learn more about the Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation class, please see our latest class announcement.