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NFSTC seeking instructors for biometrics, forensics and HME

NFSTC has potential employment opportunities for individuals with training and instruction expertise in the collection and exploitation of biometrics, forensics, media and site exploitation, and homemade explosives. This training would support the Joint Exploitation Training Center (JETC) located in Ft. Bragg, Fayetteville, NC. Responsibilities will include classroom instruction and range instruction in support of the Operator Advanced Course (OAC), Technical Exploitation Course (TEC), and the Exploitation Analysis Course (EAC).

These opportunities are contingent upon receipt of a contract award and would require work availability beginning December 16, 2013. If you have qualifying expertise and are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact us by submitting your expression of interest through our LinkedIn posting at

NFSTC wins prestigious August Vollmer award

NFSTC is proud to announce we have received the August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the second time. The award, in the Current or Past Forensic Science Collaboration category, recognizes the collaborative effort that produced the web-based version of After the Fact, the online virtual crime scene assessment tests.

The assessments measure an investigator’s proficiency in seven crucial facets of investigation, from initial assessment through evidence collection.

The development team consisted of NFSTC, the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency National Institute of Forensic Science (ANZPAA NIFS), the College of Policing of the Forensic Centre in the United Kingdom, and Cornerstone Computing of La Trobe University, also located in Australia. The team worked across continents to enhance the program.

After the Face CSI assessments
The assessments allow investigators to work virtual crime scenes and get tested on their scene processing skills.

After the Fact has been in use since 1996 to assess the proficiency of crime scene investigators. Transforming this CD-based program to a web-based delivery provides numerous benefits, including:

  • decreasing time required to develop new scenarios
  • eliminating the need for physically shipping the test to practitioners
  • facilitating secure online submittal of test results
  • access to an administrator portal for test progress monitoring

To take an online demonstration of After the Fact, visit:

NFSTC also provides online training programs for crime scene investigation that are available to law enforcement or the general public. For information on taking these trainings, visit:

NFSTC mourns the loss of congressional leader CW “Bill” Young

CW "Bill" Young touring NFSTC's training laboratory facilities in 2007
CW “Bill” Young touring NFSTC’s training laboratory facilities in 2007

NFSTC mourns the loss of our longtime US Congressman, CW “Bill” Young, who has served Florida’s 13th congressional district since 1971. His accomplishments during his long career are legion and his statesmanship will be greatly missed.

One of Congressman Young’s achievements is the Young-Rainey Star Center, home of NFSTC offices in Largo, FL. He helped bring to fruition the public/private partnerships that resulted in the first successful conversion of a closing U.S. plant to a new, commercial, high technology center by redeveloping and transitioning the aging facilities to commercially viable space. NFSTC and many other businesses have flourished at the Center. It was this kind of thinking that provided opportunities for growth and support that is a hallmark of Young’s legacy in his district.

As an organization that trains law enforcement and members of our military, NFSTC is aware and appreciative of the unwavering support and respect Congressman Young showed to our Armed Forces and those who serve and protect.

We live in a time when constancy, clear thinking and compromise are sorely needed, and CW Bill Young led the way for more than half a century.

Thank you, Congressman Young, for your service and your friendship.

Expanded CSI guide now available – free

Crime Scene Investigation, a Guide for Law Enforcement, is now available for download from NFSTC.

The new crime scene investigation guide covers key CSI practices in detail. Developed by noted experts, this 180-page, vastly expanded edition provides step-by-step recommendations to lead law enforcement through this crucial, first phase of the justice process.

“This guide now gives first responders, crime scene technicians and even military service members guidance to appropriately handle everything from initial response to collecting, documenting and packaging evidence,” said Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC CEO. “Without this necessary awareness, evidence could be over looked that might prove crucial to an investigation.”

Thoroughly reviewed by more than a dozen subject matter experts, Crime Scene Investigation, A Guide for Law Enforcement was funded by a cooperative agreement from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and is the result of a partnership of the National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Standards and Technology, BJA and NFSTC.

Download the guide now as a pdf or for your favorite e-reader.

NFSTC Open Position – Identity Intelligence Case Manager

NFSTC is currently recruiting for an Identity Intelligence Case Manager – Mid and Entry Level for a term OCONUS position. The position is for United States Special Operations Command support in a deployed environment with an anticipated duration of twelve months. Case managers will perform all source intelligence analysis and facilitate reachback analysis support to forward deployed SOF.

For more information on this opportunity or to apply visit NFSTC Careers.