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NFSTC donates office supplies for local back-to-school event


Event representatives stopped by NFSTC to pick up supplies for schools.
Event representatives stopped by NFSTC to pick up supplies for schools.

You never know how much stuff you have until you have to move it! While preparing to move into our shiny new headquarters, we realized we needed to clean out the closets – literally. One glance at our office supplies and we could see an abundance of items that could really benefit local teachers and schools. To get these items into the right hands, NFSTC partnered with the DeBartolo Family Foundation, Jason Ackerman Foundation and the Bacchus For Charity Foundation for the 4th annual Back to School Drive.

Our staff gathered six large boxes of office and other supplies that will be distributed to local educators from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Polk Counties. Donated items included:

  • Pens, pencils, markers and highlighters
  • White board supplies
  • Desk organizing equipment
  • Paper and notebooks
  • BoxPost-it Notes
  • Binders
  • Staplers, tape dispensers, rolls of tape and staples
  • Hole punches
  • Filing supplies

NFSTC is proud to support our teachers, students and schools working to strengthen education in Tampa Bay.


NFSTC moving to new headquarters

NFSTC is moving to new headquarters at 8285 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite #125, Largo, FL 33777. The move is a short one since NFSTC has been based just around the corner at the Young-Rainey STAR Center since May 2000. We expect to be up and operating on Tuesday May 27, 2014. The new phone number is (727) 395-2511.

To facilitate the move, NFSTC will be closed on Friday May 23 and Monday May 26, 2014, with limited access to email communications.

The 50,000 square foot space will house our training facilities, technology evaluation and laboratory space, media production studio and space for hands-on crime scene scenario training.

Moving along with NFSTC are five other leading forensic and defense organizations including the High Tech Crime Institute (HTCI), Alakai Defense Systems, Primoris, Homeland Intelligence Technologies and the Forensic Innovation Center.


Looking for quality, free forensic science resources?

Forensic Chemistry-sample vialsNFSTC has you covered. From chemistry to crime scenes, if you have questions about forensic science, chances are, we have the answers.

Some of our most popular resources include:

  • NFSTC Forensic Update — delivers news, information and subject matter expert interviews on hot topics in forensic science via our YouTube channel. We’ve assembled a handy playlist so you don’t miss an episode.
  • Forensic Science Simplified — a layman’s guide to forensic science that explores topics such as toxicology, fingerprint science, bloodstain pattern analysis, explosives and more.
  • Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement —Thorough CSI guide goes step-by-step through processing a crime scene. Available in PDF and e-books.
  • Forensic DNA Education for Law Enforcement Decision Makers — online training for law enforcement regarding the use of DNA analysis to investigate crimes. This program features interactive multimedia and interviews with subject matter experts.
  • The CSI Effect Theory —Experts from the justice community discuss the effects of popular television crime dramas on today’s juries, and strategies to keep science fiction out of the courtroom.
  • Blood Spatter Animation — simple animation demonstrates the physics behind blood spatter analysis including flight dynamics, and the phases and angle of impact.

Want more? Browse our full archive of resources online at

Don’t forget our online Introduction to CSI and Intermediate CSI courses. Not free, but at $129 each, these courses are a steal. For information or to register, visit our Forensic Science Training page.

NFSTC proudly sponsors NDIA

NFSTC is proud to be a member and sponsor of the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Partnering with local businesses is always a priority of ours, but when it comes to national defense efforts, it’s imperative.

Helicopter performs exercise at SOFIC 2012.
Helicopter performs exercise at SOFIC 2012.

We salute the other organizations who support the important mission of the NDIA, America’s leading defense industry association. With key U.S. defense agencies located right here in the Tampa Bay Area including MacDill Air Force Base, USCENTCOM and USSOCOM, providing leading-edge forensic solutions for our nation’s security gives a whole new meaning to homeland defense.

NFSTC will be exhibiting at SOFIC, the premier special operations conference hosted by NDIA, later this May. For more information on the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of NDIA, visit:

NFSTC launches new forensic science galleries

NFSTC_imagegalleryNFSTC has launched three new galleries that contain our library of still images, animations  and video of forensic science in action.

Visit the new galleries here.

Techniques included in the video gallery range from collecting DNA evidence to blood stain pattern analysis to basic crime scene processing and each video is available to download.

Watch or download the videos on NFSTC’s YouTube channel.

The still image gallery contains photos and images from the crime scene to the courtroom that can be downloaded in multiple sizes.  NFSTC also hosts a gallery of flash animations that includes the popular blood spatters animation, multiple firearms examination animations and a crime scene search patterns animation.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out about new additions to the galleries.