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National Forensic Science Week Recap

The second annual National Forensic Science Week wrapped up as a hugely successful event with participation by crime laboratories and forensic professionals across America. Official proclamations were made by officials in cities including Largo, FL; Baltimore, MD; Philadelphia, PA; and Miami-Dade, FL, and statewide in Pennsylvania and Indiana to kick off the celebration.

Several crime laboratories opened their doors to the media for an in-depth look inside:

–          Utah State Crime Lab

–          Miami-Dade Crime Lab

–          Roseville Police Department CSI

–          Sacramento Police Department CSIKY Western Lab2

Social media also played a big role in raising awareness of this important facet of criminal justice. By using #ForensicScienceWeek on Twitter and Facebook, supporters were able to connect to contributors from Arizona State University New College, NFSTC, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), and many others. GBI hosted seven tweet chats over five days, covering topics from impression evidence to DNA. NFSTC conducted the first-ever Forensic Science Week group selfie contest on Facebook, and the Kentucky State Police Western Laboratory Branch team was the big winner, earning a free NFSTC online training course.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the week’s activities. We’re looking forward to an even bigger National Forensic Science Week in 2015!

New online course! Intro to Forensic Biology

There’s more to running a successful crime lab than the TV shows would lead you to believe. Real-life crime laboratories require safe and effective practices that are both scientific and administrative in nature. These two concepts go hand-in-hand because if your findings aren’t accurately recorded and analyzed, investigations can be compromised.

NFSTC’s new online course, Introduction to Forensic Biology, provides training in techniques for characterization of body fluids and biological materials. Information is presented through an interactive design and instructional videos in this 2.5 hour course.

Special Features:

  • Ask an Expert (get your questions answered by an experienced forensic biologist)
  • Instructional videos
  • Printable job aids
  • Pre- and post-assessments to measure your progress

This course can be taken at your own pace and students will have access for 60 days after purchase. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully completing the course (Score of 75% or greater).

Learn more about NFSTC newest online course here.

NFSTC Celebrates National Forensic Science Week

It’s a week we anticipate all year. No, it’s not Shark Week. It’s even better; it’s National Forensic Science Week! Our team is kicking off the second annual event with photo contests on our Facebook page, a new Forensic Update on our YouTube channel, and even launching a brand new Forensic Biology online course. 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!

NFSTC seeking Forensic Scientist – Biometrics

We’re looking for a Forensic Scientist specializing in Biometrics with a passion for educating law enforcement and military personnel with the technical skills required in real-life forensic analysis.

The Forensic Scientist– Biometrics will administer, coordinate and provide hands-on instruction as a subject matter expert for educational programs in NFSTC exploitation, biometrics and forensics classes. Must be able to evaluate efficacy of course work and act as technical resource specific to government and military agencies.

See the full listing here.

The difference between a good career and a great one can be the benefits that come along with the job. NFSTC offers a strong benefits package to employees who qualify, including flexible work schedules, medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plans, paid holidays and time off, and various elective benefits.

NFSTC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (minorities/women/disabled/veterans), and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. NFSTC is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

NFSTC is proud to have been named one of Tampa Bay’s 2009, 2010 and 2011 Best Places to Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace in 2011 and 2012. The organization stands with other leading companies as part of a vibrant business community.