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NFSTC CEO honored at ASCLD annual symposium

Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC CEO, with his Briggs White AwardKevin Lothridge, CEO of NFSTC was presented with the Briggs White Award at the 42nd annual American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) Symposium held in Washington, DC. The annual award recognizes the ASCLD member who most demonstrates long-term managerial excellence in forensic science.

In a significant coincidence, the honor comes on the heels of the founding NFSTC by ASCLD leadership 20 years ago. During his acceptance speech Kevin, a former ASCLD president, thanked the members who tasked NFSTC to “do good things” in the forensic science industry and expanded on the success the not-for-profit organization has achieved over the past two decades.

For more than 30 years, Kevin has worked in the forensic science industry. Under his guidance, NFSTC has transformed into a forensic science thought leader with the goal to improve practice of forensics in the U.S. and inform and influence the international forensic science community to achieve high standards in forensic services.

We are proud to have him as part of our NFSTC leadership.

NFSTC is seeking Identity Intelligence Exploitation Analysts

NFSTC has openings for three Identity Intelligence Exploitation Analysts with entry level, mid-level and senior level experience to serve the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in Tampa. These positions will perform all-source intelligence analysis and will process, exploit and disseminate (PED) Biometrics, Forensics, and DOMEX collections.

Responsibilities include:

  • Perform Biometrics Enabled Intelligence (BEI) analysis to create all-source and single-source intelligence products, such as Biometric Identification Analysis Reports (BIARS), and 2 hour-response report (2HRR) in support of Special Operations Forces (SOF).
  • Assess and manage intelligence information.
  • Fuse information from multiple databases and/or biometric modalities to discover geographic and identity linkages.
  • Maintain Biometrics Enabled Watch List (BEWL) and similar products.
  • Provide input to future requirements development, and improved BEI SOPs.

This position is a term employment opportunity with an anticipated duration of nine (9) months based upon contract requirements. Options for extended employment duration beyond the initial term period are contingent upon contract requirements, with no guarantee of continued employment when the term ends.

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NFSTC selected as training provider to U.S. Department of Navy

Extracting liquids under a fume hood in the NFSTC lab.The U.S. Navy has named NFSTC as a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) provider to support their initiatives in delivering high quality, cost effective education and training services. By selecting providers for a BPA, the Navy has the ability to quickly source and select pre-qualified suppliers on short notice, streamlining the acquisition process and ensuring superior delivery.

NFSTC maintains an extensive network of subject matter experts and will provide custom and flexible training based on the Navy’s immediate needs. Under the BPA, the Commercial Education and Training (E&T) Services include five functional areas:
• Instruction Services
• Planning and Assessment
• Curriculum Maintenance
• Program Management and Staff Support
• Curriculum Development

NFSTC has a rich history of developing and delivering online and instructor-led training programs for law enforcement, laboratories and the military, focusing on forensic science, tactical site exploitation, biology, chemistry and biometric analysis.

NFSTC is proud to serve our nation’s military and will be a BPA provider under the current agreement through 2017.

Contract Number: N00189-15-A-0056

NFSTC awarded multimillion dollar contract from Marine Corps

Special Forces students examine tapes for latent-print evidence using an alternate light source (ALS) flashlight.NFSTC has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to provide training and logistics support for the Corps.

We are proud to be responsible for developing and implementing a specialized training course focused in digital, biometric, chemical, explosive, photography and latent print analysis for these men and women in uniform. These techniques are an integral part of the modern warfighter in creating a more effective analysis of evidence.

The Expeditionary Forensics Exploitation Capability (EFEC) period of performance is one year plus an option year, and the full value of the contract nearly $4.5 million.

NFSTC has provided training for domestic and military law enforcement since 2008. Our Florida-based facility boasts a 41,000 square-foot training warehouse, state-of-the-art DNA and chemistry laboratories, and classrooms.

The EFEC contract officially began December 2014.

NFSTC celebrates two decades of innovation

logo 20thIn 1995, tucked away in a small room at the Department of Energy Pinellas Plant, the National Forensic Science Technology Center was founded. Just weeks before, the O.J. Simpson trial had concluded with a verdict announced in front millions of TV viewers from across the world. The months-long trial highlighted testimony from forensic scientists and crime scene investigators, piquing interest in the industry and its vulnerabilities.

Seeing the gaps in the industry, the members of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) founded NFSTC with a charge “do good things.” The challenge was to find, create and establish necessary answers to the questions left behind after the Simpson case wrapped. Subsequent projects included everything from laboratory accreditation preparation, DNA audits and crime scene investigation and other forensic training.

Twenty years later, the NFSTC headquarters is a 50,000 square foot space housing training facilities, technology evaluation and laboratory space, media production studio and space for hands-on crime scene scenario training.

As always, our goal is to have science serve justice as we approach new threats both domestically and internationally. Over the years, NFTSC has taken the lead in developing projects to benefit forensic science and practitioners, including:

Looking back, we’ve accomplished a lot with the help of our supporters, partners and practitioners. Looking forward, we are well equipped to take on the new challenges in forensic science.

Join the conversation on Twitter using #NFSTC20 as we celebrate this milestone all year.