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NFSTC ushers in an exciting 2018

As we close out 2017, we’re looking back at some of our accomplishments. Through our 22 year history, we have learned it’s our customers and colleagues truly share in our success.

Here are just a few of our team’s favorite 2017 accomplishments:

And that’s just a small portion of our work.

As we look forward to 2018 and our future with Florida International University, we know we’ll continue to offer the highest quality training and support to our customers.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and we’ll see you in 2018!

Florida International University and NFSTC join forces to broaden impact in forensic science

Florida International University (FIU) and NFSTC announce that they are joining forces to make a bigger impact in the field of forensic science. The partnership will expand the university’s diverse offerings and bring NFSTC’s training excellence to a broader audience in the U.S. and around the world.

A 22-year old non-profit, NFSTC will retain its mission of providing forensic science training, support and technology evaluations to military and law enforcement agencies, forensic science practitioners and crime laboratories worldwide. It will also remain at its current location in West Central Florida, where NFSTC has state-of-the-art laboratories and training facilities.

“NFSTC has a vision to bring quality forensic services from the crime scene through to the courtroom. We have trained hundreds of professionals in the skills needed to provide these services,” says CEO Kevin Lothridge. “We are looking forward to working even more closely with FIU’s International Forensic Research institute to elevate education and practice worldwide.”

The International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) at FIU is world-renowned for its research and education in furthering the field of forensic science. Both IFRI and NFSTC have missions that are
complementary and provide scientific expertise to the law enforcement, defense and legal communities, as well as continuing education and advanced training to practicing scientists.

For Kenneth G. Furton, FIU’s Provost and Executive Vice President, an analytical chemist who founded IFRI 20 years ago, this partnership is especially exciting. “Industry-university collaborations are crucial for the 21st century and forensic science is a discipline that has real world implications and applications,”
he says. “Together, we not only have an opportunity to broaden NFSTC’s services globally, but now our faculty and students will work with NFSTC and their partners to get their discoveries out of the lab and into the marketplace.”

Details are expected to be finalized by the end of 2017.

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It’s National Forensic Science Week

For the fifth year in a row, the National Forensic Science Technology Center is celebrating National Forensic Science Week.

All this week, we’ll be talking about the essentials for crime scene investigation, from the basics to what’s next in the field.

  • Monday – Crime scene science
  • Tuesday – Chemistry
  • Wednesday – WCW: Women in Forensic Science
  • Thursday – DNA
  • Friday – Opioid epidemic

Show your support with our custom Facebook profile frame (just like our Chief Furensic Scientist). We’re also hosting a TweetChat Thursday at 1 p.m. EST on the new rapid DNA legislation. Join us using #RapidChat.

The city of Largo, home to our Florida headquarters, has ordered his fourth consecutive proclamation in honor of this week. We are also honored to have Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, sign a proclamation for the state.

If you aren’t already, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube for all the latest information this week and throughout the year!

It’s a CSI Sale!

If you’ve been thinking about taking one of our online Crime Scene Investigation Courses – now is the time to act. For the month of September, the Introduction and Intermediate courses will be $99 (reg. $129) each with ‘CSI Sale’ coupon code.

Our Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation course is perfect for new CSIs and first responders, and offers step-by-step guidelines for scene processing and evidence collection.

The Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation course expands skills and knowledge for investigators, students interested in pursuing forensic science, corrections agencies, death investigators, tribal agencies and anyone interested in more advanced evidence collection techniques.

Hundreds of investigators and agencies have taken the CSI courses, as a basis for hands-on training or to further their knowledge and skills.

Each course takes up to 16 hours to complete. A certificate of completion will be issued upon successfully passing the assessment at the end of the course. Questions? Contact us at info@nfstc.org.

Start your investigation today!

A Dozen Cadets Fall In for a Unique Internship Program

For the ninth year, The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is hosting ROTC Cadets from across the country for the Biometric and Forensic Internship.

The sought after program covers hands-on introductory training from DNA to digital forensics in an intense two-week course, from Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 28. Each discipline is taught by NFSTC’s own subject matter experts and targets growing areas of importance to our nation’s security.

The Cadets will also be expanding their skills at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Firing Range, Tuesday, July 25. For the fourth year, the Sheriff’s Office instructors will teach the Cadets about firearm use and safety. Then, they are allowed to utilize the facility to practice those skills.

NFSTC has provided this internship at no cost to the Cadets nor their commands since 2009. “We see this as a way to introduce tomorrow’s leaders today to these skills. In these two weeks, we can provide the Cadets with knowledge and understanding that will set them apart in their career path,” explains Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC’s CEO.

To learn more about the internship, including available sponsorship opportunities, visit nfstc.org.