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Registration now open for 2013 ICAC-SIT: Cell Phone Collection, Investigation and Law classes

The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Special Investigative Techniques (SIT) – Cell Phone Investigation, Collection and Law course is now open for registration for all 2013 classes. The three-day, hands-on program delivered by NFSTC and HTCI is offered at no cost to ICAC Task Force members and other investigators and will be held multiple times at locations throughout the country.

Class size is limited to 18 participants. Applicants must obtain approval from their local ICAC Task Force Commander in order to attend. There is no prerequisite for this course; however, participants should have a working knowledge of the Internet and basic computer skills.

For information on course dates and locations or to register for a course, visit the HTCI page on the ICAC Task Force training portal at or download the flyer below.

  ICAC-SIT 2013 Informational Flyer

Candidate selection and notification to approved participants will occur shortly after the registration deadline for each course. Preference will be given to ICAC Task Force members from the surrounding area.

For questions or additional information, please contact Abby Meyer at or call (727) 549‐6067, ext. 118.

This training is made possible through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, award number 2010 MCCXK063.

Long-awaited bloodstain analysis video now available

Blood spatter evidence is messy and may pose difficulties for crime scene investigators and first responders. However, experts trained in bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA) can gather a significant amount of information about the events that produced bloodshed by studying the droplets left behind.

NFSTC recently worked with bloodstain pattern analysis expert John Black, CLPE, CFWE, CSCSA from Ron Smith & Associates to produce a short video demonstrating a specific BPA technique known as stringing. This technique uses geometry, distance and angle to calculate the area of origin for the blood spatter; in other words, where the victim was positioned when blood was shed.

John walked us through the process of examining the scene, setting up references for measurements, determining the individual stains containing the most information, calculating the angle of impact, and finally using the stringing kit to determine where the victim was located when the event took place. In our simulation, the “victim” was a sponge soaked in stage blood that was bludgeoned with a blunt instrument, but the evidence left behind was the same as investigators would find at a crime scene. Check out the video below or visit NFSTC’s YouTube channel at

Working with NFSTC just got even easier!

Agencies, organizations or individuals looking for quality services can request a quote right from our website. Browse our capabilities and services pages to learn more about training and instructional design, test and evaluation, consulting and other services for the forensic industry. Need more information or a custom estimate? Download the general quote request form and tell us what you need

  NFSTC General Quote Request


NFSTC is also a BJA Training and Technical Assistance provider for crime scene training, assessments and more. If your agency needs information or to request TTA services, visit our BJA Programs page.

AFTE Online Certification Test Open for Registration

The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE ) is now accepting applications to take the written portion of the certification test during the October 22 to November 2, 2012 time period. Qualified applicants should submit test application(s), fees, and proctor contact information to the AFTE Certification Programs Chairman by COB October 12, 2012.

Information and forms can be found on the AFTE website:

The new online test format, converted from paper to web for AFTE by NFSTC, will allow candidates to complete both the written and practical portions of the exam at or near their workplace, without the extra time and expense of traveling. The fee for the online exam is $50.

Qualified applicants can choose to pursue certification in any or all of three subject areas:

  1. Firearm Evidence Examination and Identification
  2. Toolmark Evidence Examination and Identification
  3. Gunshot Residue Evidence Examination and Identification

To ensure the integrity of the exam, the online written exam must be proctored by a certified member of a forensic professional organization that has an enforced ethics code. Details can be found on the page linked above.

NFSTC’s Mike O’Berry joins roster of certified evidence photographers

NFSTC is proud to announce that Project Manager Mike O’Berry has completed the intensive 40-hour course of classroom instruction along with a three-part examination to become a certified evidence photographer (CEP) through the Professional Photographic Certification Commission (PPCC). Currently, the PPCC recognizes only 75 photographers in the world with the CEP credential. NFSTC now has two CEPs on staff and others pursuing the credential.

Many of NFSTC’s training courses provide instruction on crime scene and evidence photography, and it continues to be one of the most requested training topics by law enforcement. In evidence photography, subjects must be depicted in a highly accurate, objective manner, as crime scene photographs are used throughout the criminal justice system by forensic scientists, investigators and officers of the court. This usage differs from more subjective forms of photography, requiring the evidence photographer to be proficient in the technical aspects of the craft, plus have an understanding of how the photographs contribute to the investigative and judicial processes.

“Having two certified photographers on our training team brings something that other organizations don’t have. It brings top-level expertise, the best-of-the-best instructors,” says NFSTC CEO, Kevin Lothridge.  We’re proud of their accomplishments and what it means for our students.”

More information about the CEP can be found online at