The past year at NFSTC proved to be challenging and rewarding: we brought new services to market and established valuable partnerships that helped us deliver excellence to the international forensic community. In 2012, NFSTC continued to improve forensic science through innovative training for law enforcement and military clients, product testing and evaluation, equipment procurement and transition and our ongoing commitment to supporting science and STEM education.
We invite you to take a tour of the highlights of 2012 at NFSTC through stunning images in the annual report slideshow.
Looking for the latest in forensic science news and technology? Look no further than NFSTC‘s bi-weekly Forensic Update, delivered via our YouTube channel. In each episode, NFSTC host Bill Duffin covers the latest forensics stories, technology and events from around the globe.
As part of the series, each update features a “Technique of the Week”; a short video tutorial on common techniques used by forensic scientists or crime scene technicians. NFSTC’s YouTube channel offers hundreds of short tutorial videos and interviews with criminal justice experts. Viewers have the opportunity to ask their questions about forensic science to be answered in future Updates by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving comments on YouTube. Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in forensic science; subscribe to NFSTC’s YouTube channel or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
NFSTC received the BizTech 2013 Innovation Award in the category of Best Use of Social Media at the BizTech Innovation Summit and CoolTECH Expo on Thursday in Tampa. The event, hosted by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and the Tampa Bay Technology Forum and presented by Brighthouse, features companies, organizations and academic institutions that contribute to the growth of innovation and technology in the Bay Area. The Innovation Awards recognize Tampa Bay businesses that are using technology in innovative ways.
Over the past year, NFSTC has worked to build a community of engaged followers that includes forensic practitioners, law enforcement, students at every level, the broader justice community, and members of the public with an interest in forensic science. From a meager presence on Facebook and Twitter at the start of 2012, NFSTC used a highly focused strategy to grow our social presence in the small, niche forensic science market. Today, NFSTC has seen more than 120% growth in Facebook fans and a greater than 1,200% increase in Twitter followers. Late in 2012, NFSTC launched a LinkedIn company page that garnered 339 followers before the end of the year.
On Wednesday, February 27, NFSTC hosted CSI Night 2013, bringing together business and technology leaders, law enforcement and military personnel from around Tampa Bay for business networking and a behind-the-scenes look at technology advancements impacting today’s forensic science industry. CSI Night was an invitation-only event at NFSTC’s Largo, Florida facilities and featured a Technology Showcase with sponsors from around the forensic marketplace, as well as opportunities for hands-on demonstrations to get up-close with the technology and techniques on display.
Guests enjoyed a VIP look inside NFSTC’s training facilities and mobile forensic laboratory. The event highlighted some of the most advanced technology in forensics, most notably laboratory techniques that are going into the field through mobile, field-purposed devices to support law enforcement, military, border patrol and other groups responsible for public safety and national security.
The Technology Showcase featured emerging technology and techniques including:
Alternate light sources
Mobile forensics laboratory
Mobile media exploitation
Standoff laser detection
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
Field detection of chemicals and explosives
CSI Night 2013 was well-received within the local community, garnering support from organizations such as the Pinellas County Economic Development Council, Tampa Bay Innovation Center, Tampa Bay Chapter of NDIA and the Florida Federal Contractors Association. About 150 guests attended the event and the response was overwhelmingly positive. One guest remarked “The NFSTC evening was very enlightening. It definitely was a mental awakening experience. It makes you realize what advancements have been made in a very short time and how small technology has become in your field.”
NFSTC thanks the sponsors of CSI Night for making this event so successful:
The new year is always a great time to welcome new challenges, excitement and new horizons. What better way to kick off 2013 than a virtual tour of the National Forensic Science Technology Center in beautiful Largo, Florida. The weather is sunny, the seagulls are soaring and the bloodstains are fresh and ready for analysis. Join us for a grand tour of our facilities and see what’s going on at NFSTC!