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Free Drug and Explosive Detection Workshop Available Online

Presentations and videos from last month’s Field Detection of Drugs and Explosive Odor Signatures Using Planar Solid Phase Microextraction Ion Mobility Spectrometry (PSPME-IMS) Technology Transition Workshop are now available online free at http://projects.nfstc.org/tech_transition/pspme-ims/index.htm.

The three-day PSPME-IMS workshop provided law enforcement professionals with an introduction to PSPME-IMS as a sampling and detection strategy for illicit drugs and explosives. Topics covered included:

  • applications of the PSPME-IMS technology, as well as sampling and detection protocols
  • an overview of the PSPME sampling and pre-concentration device, including its maintenance
  • use of ion mobility and differential ion mobility spectrometers (benchtop explosives trace detectors (ETD)), coupled with the PSPME device to allow for detection and presumptive identification of threat agents relevant to first responders
  • basic hands-on instruction on IMS analysis and use of instrument software
  • hands-on detection, analysis and interpretation of drug and explosive odor signatures
  • sampling of a vehicle for suspected contraband
  • future directions of PSPME-IMS technology
Testing the PSPME collection device developed at Florida International University. The material provides for a new method of targeting volatiles associated with the presence of drugs and explosives using the existing infrastructure of explosives detectors.

For more information on the PSPME-IMS workshop, visit the project page at http://projects.nfstc.org/tech_transition/pspme-ims/index.htm. For more information on NFSTC’s technology evaluation and transition services, visit the Forensic Technology page at http://www.nfstc.org/forensic-technology/.

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in conjunction with the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), sponsored this event under a cooperative agreement to help facilitate the transition of novel technologies into practice by operational forensic facilities.

Crime scenes, field forensics, tools and training

Come see us at the IACP Conference in Chicago!

Stop by the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) booth (#2131) at the IACP exhibit hall:

  • Check out crime scene scenario and virtual reality crime scene training
  • Get the latest on digital evidence training
  • Learn about the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs.gov)
  • Get an inside look at body armor
  • Register to win an iPad from NFSTC!

NFSTC and colleagues from around the forensic science community look forward to sharing the latest ways to help your agency gain expertise and stretch your training dollars during these tight budget times. We’ll see you in Chicago!

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Where were you on 9/11?

Most of us will remember forever the moment we learned of the terror attacks on our country.  Today, maybe the question should not be where were we then, but where are we now?  Are we doing what needs to be done? For those of us whose mission is ensuring public safety, our charge is even more critical today.

NFSTC honors those lost in the tragedy of 9/11, the victims, the heroes and the families and friends left to wonder why.  We rededicate our organization to increasing public safety for all Americans through science and teamwork. Take a moment on Sunday, September 11, to remember.

NFSTC Recognized with the 2011 Governor’s Business Diversification Award

NFSTC was selected by Enterprise Florida for the Governor’s Business Diversification Award in the Business Expansion Mega Market category. The award recognizes organizations in Florida that invested in the local economy and created jobs in 2010. NFSTC is among 18 organizations to be recognized and is the only one in the Tampa Bay area to be selected for this honor. The award will be presented during a reception at the Governor’s Mansion to mark the state’s annual Industry Appreciation Week later this month in Tallahassee.

In making their selections, Enterprise Florida considered each organization’s commitment to investing in the community and efforts to improve and diversify Florida’s economy. NFSTC was chosen due to significant organizational growth, the launch of a subsidiary company, diversification of revenue sources, considerable contributions to the local economy and community outreach efforts.

Contributing factors in NFSTC’s selection are the organization’s major accomplishments over the past two years, which include:

  • Winning numerous competitive grants and contracts to provide forensic training programs and other services to the criminal justice community and the Department of Defense
  • Adding 16 new staff positions in 2010
  • Achieving 75% growth since 2009
  • Launching the Forensic Innovation Center, LLC in partnership with eight other organizations to help establish a forensic technology sub-cluster in Largo, Florida
  • Bringing an estimated $1 million in revenue to the local economy through training and conference activities

For more information about Enterprise Florida’s Governor’s Business Diversification Award, please download NFSTC’s press release here:

  Release: NFSTC Recognized with Governor's Business Diversification Award

Visit Enterprise Florida’s website at http://www.eflorida.com/PressDetail.aspx?id=9172

Download NFSTC’s 2010 Annual Report here: http://www.nfstc.org/about/annual-reports/

NFSTC was selected by Enterprise Florida for the Governor’s Business Diversification Award in the Business Expansion Mega Market category. The award recognizes organizations in Florida that invested in the local economy and created jobs in 2010.  NFSTC is among 18 organizations to be recognized and is the only one in the Tampa Bay area to be selected for this honor. The award will be presented during a reception at the Governor’s Mansion to mark the state’s annual Industry Appreciation Week later this month in Tallahassee.
In making their selections, Enterprise Florida considered each organization’s commitment to investing in the community and efforts to improve and diversify Florida’s economy. NFSTC was chosen due to significant organizational growth, the launch of a subsidiary company, diversification of revenue sources, considerable contributions to the local economy and community outreach efforts.
Contributing factors in NFSTC’s selection are the organization’s major accomplishments over the past two years, which include:
Winning numerous competitive grants and contracts to provide forensic training programs and other services to the criminal justice community and the Department of Defense
Adding 16 new staff positions in 2010
Achieving 75% growth since 2009
Launching the Forensic Innovation Center, LLC (FIC) in partnership with eight other organizations to help establish a forensic technology sub-cluster in Largo, Florida
Bringing an estimated $1 million in revenue to the local economy through training and conference activities
For more information about Enterprise Florida’s Governor’s Business Diversification Award, please download NFSTC’s press release here:

  Release: NFSTC Recognized with Governor's Business Diversification Award


Visit Enterprise Florida’s website at http://www.eflorida.com/PressDetail.aspx?id=9172
Download NFSTC’s 2010 Annual Report here: http://www.nfstc.org/about/annual-reports/NFSTC was selected by Enterprise Florida for the Governor’s Business Diversification Award in the Business Expansion Mega Market category. The award recognizes organizations in Florida that invested in the local economy and created jobs in 2010. NFSTC is among 18 organizations to be recognized and is the only one in the Tampa Bay area to be selected for this honor. The award will be presented during a reception at the Governor’s Mansion to mark the state’s annual Industry Appreciation Week later this month in Tallahassee.

In making their selections, Enterprise Florida considered each organization’s commitment to investing in the community and efforts to improve and diversify Florida’s economy. NFSTC was chosen due to significant organizational growth, the launch of a subsidiary company, diversification of revenue sources, considerable contributions to the local economy and community outreach efforts.

Contributing factors in NFSTC’s selection are the organization’s major accomplishments over the past two years, which include:

Winning numerous competitive grants and contracts to provide forensic training programs and other services to the criminal justice community and the Department of Defense

Adding 16 new staff positions in 2010

Achieving 75% growth since 2009

Launching the Forensic Innovation Center, LLC (FIC) in partnership with eight other organizations to help establish a forensic technology sub-cluster in Largo, Florida

Bringing an estimated $1 million in revenue to the local economy through training and conference activities

For more information about Enterprise Florida’s Governor’s Business Diversification Award, please download NFSTC’s press release here:

  Release: NFSTC Recognized with Governor's Business Diversification Award

Visit Enterprise Florida’s website at http://www.eflorida.com/PressDetail.aspx?id=9172

Download NFSTC’s 2010 Annual Report here: http://www.nfstc.org/about/annual-reports/

NFSTC named a 2011 Tampa Bay Fast 50 company

2011 Tampa Bay Business Journal Fast 50 AwardsNFSTC is honored to have placed #7 in top dollar growth and 15th overall in the Fast 50 event by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.  These outstanding results mark the third year in a row NFSTC has made the list of fastest growing companies in Tampa Bay.  Finalists were selected based on percentage of annual growth over a three-year period among privately held companies in the Tampa Bay area. 

“Our team has worked hard to deliver quality service and support, and we feel fortunate to be experiencing growth in both revenue and staffing,” says Kevin Lothridge, CEO.  “We’re proud to be in the Tampa Bay area.”

Rankings of the Fast 50 were unveiled on July 21 at a luncheon at Tampa’s A La Carte Pavilion. Companies made the list based on revenue growth documented by CBIZ Kirkland Russ Murphy & Tapp, a public accounting firm based in Clearwater. http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2011/06/16/fast-50-finalists-named.html

NFSTC recently released its 2010 annual report, documenting the many programs, training projects and successes of the previous year.