Between 2014 and 2015, death rates resulting from synthetic opioids other than methadone increased more than 72 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The opioid epidemic is causing a unique safety concern for first responders in the field who may come contact with the drug unknowingly. Even a small amount of fentanyl in the air can lead to an overdose.
Join NFSTC as we host an “Opioids and Officer Safety” webinar with Mike Healy, Thursday, February 9 at 1 p.m. EST. As a forensic chemist with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, he’s encountered synthetic opioids in his laboratory at an alarming rate, the highest in Florida. Healy will discuss best practices for PPE, collection, analysis, and the signs and symptoms of an overdose, and take questions about officer safety and protocol.
Resources to share with your agency will be available. We welcome questions and comments about what’s happening in your jurisdiction.
Register today for the free webinar.
POST UPDATE: The recorded webinar can be found online here.
NFSTC has released the only DNA analyst online training with updates to conform to and include the latest FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS), new techniques and technologies. The program is used as the knowledge base for new analysts in the laboratory, and can also be offered as supplement to university course work.
While the fundamentals of the training remained unchanged since its creation in 2005, there have been numerous updates to the technology and techniques in the intervening years. NFSTC has taken on the challenge and enhanced the training content to benefits laboratories and analysts around the world.
“Science doesn’t remain stagnant. It keeps advancing and so should the training we offer to the laboratories,” explains Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC CEO. “We took it upon ourselves to update the nine modules with the advancements we’ve seen in the field.”
These advancements include rapid and touch DNA; both of which are changing how quickly DNA can be analyzed and how much of it is needed to do so. Laboratory Technical Leaders will be able to access the program and resources, monitor student progress, receive assessment results and have the authority to establish thresholds for issuing certificate of completion.
Individual analysts or laboratory teams can enroll in the new training program through NFSTC’s website. Training costs are determined by the number of students enrolled.
It’s been a busy fall semester for our 2016 Biometric and Forensics ROTC Cadets. During the summer, the 11 Cadets trained at our Largo headquarters to learn about forensic biology and chemistry, latent prints, evidence collection, and biometric and digital evidence technology.
But we wanted to know: how much of an impact can two weeks have on these Cadets? Last week, we caught up with three of them who told us the time at NFSTC was time well spent.
Cadet Kaitlyn Velsvaag
University of Dubuque
I have been using some of the skills acquired during the internship at another internship. I am working at the correctional facility in my town, which entails working with 150 inmates who are transition from prison or before going to prison. We use a lot of indicator tests for drugs and alcohol for these are forbidden. Overall this summer was a great crash course to help my career!
Cadet Travis Reed
Kansas State University
I was able to use a large majority of our training this fall when I gave a lecture presentation on biochemistry and how it relates to forensics. I was able to use the ALS that was given to us in my presentation, which everyone found very interesting. Unfortunately after NFSTC, I can rarely watch a TV crime drama without spotting a technical error or a case of “fauxrensics.”
Cadet Edgar Perez
Northern AZ University
Most recently, I have completed an internship with Arizona’s Department of Public Safety crime lab in Phoenix where I impressed many of the forensic scientists with my base knowledge of forensics. I impressed the latent print examiners with my ability to powder and lift prints. I have also received orders to report to Engineer BOLC in February.
We are proud of all our Cadets and their accomplishments. Stay tuned to see how you can directly impact our 2017 class.
Did you go through NFSTC’s ROTC internship? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or send us at update at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is taking forensic science students out of the classroom for a unique, hands-on learning opportunity. The Largo-based training facility is opening its doors for 14 students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) for a first-of-its-kind partnership between the two institutions.
“NFSTC has an international reputation in forensic science,” says USFSP adjunct professor Max Houck. “The USFSP students are lucky enough NFSTC is a bay area facility that will provide global capabilities within driving distance.”
During the course, Field Forensics, students will attend weekly three-hour sessions led by NFSTC’s subject matter experts. Topics include the basics of identifying, collecting and packaging evidence, to the new and emerging forensic space of biometric intelligence and digital media exploitation. Students will have the opportunity to try techniques and get hands on experience to augment their understanding.
“This is training I wish I had before I set foot in my first laboratory,” Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC CEO. “It’s important to know on paper how things are supposed to work. Our goal is to guide these students to use their classroom knowledge for practical, real-world solutions.”
NFSTC is committed to supporting quality education and training, and has worked with universities before through development of curriculum at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, University of Central Florida and University of Florida. The facility also hosts a two-week Biometric and Forensics Internship to college ROTC Cadets each summer.
USFSP students will arrive at NFSTC Fridays in the spring 2017 semester.
The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) has received notification of one award from the U.S. Navy and two from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Although very different in format, these awards broaden the scope of NFSTC’s services into new military areas as well as for agencies in other countries.
The U.S. Navy has named NFSTC as a provider on the SeaPort-e contract and electronic purchasing platform. As a SeaPort-e contract holder, NFSTC will have the opportunity to bid on work for the Navy and its system commands, providing high-quality services available to our fleet and support infrastructure. SeaPort-e is a multiple award contract and the Navy’s vehicle of choice to procure engineering, technical, logistics, program management and financial support services. NFSTC is proud to continue serve our nation’s military and will be a SeaPort-e provider under the current agreement through April 2019.
NFSTC has also received its first Department of State grants to provide training and other services for INL. The initial project will assess forensic capacities and develop capabilities to improve crime scene investigation, forensic analysis, storage and evidence control procedures, and courtroom presentation skills in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama and is valued at $1,540,000.
NFSTC delivers high quality, cost effective training and forensic technology services, and maintains an extensive network of subject matter experts to provide custom and flexible training to customers including the US and international military, and civilian law enforcement agencies.