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NFSTC and ANAB to bring accreditation support to crime laboratories in Central America

NFSTC is teaming up with the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for a new partnership to expand forensic service accreditation in international settings. This combination of NFSTC’s international business reach and ANAB’s accreditation expertise will bring the best knowledge and practice to laboratories outside the United States.

NFSTC is currently working with crime laboratories and crime scene professionals from Central America to improve practice and expand DNA analysis capabilities through training and consulting. This work, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Portions of the work include preparation for accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17025, the international standards for bodies performing inspection and for testing and calibration laboratories, respectively.

This new partnership with ANAB will bring top-notch accreditation training, preparations and assessments to these laboratories. ANAB’s training will provide practitioners with thorough knowledge of standards and practice, and produce skilled local auditors who can continue to monitor and assess the laboratories.

Achieving forensic laboratory accreditation involves a significant investment by the communities and professionals involved. Once accredited, the laboratories will be recognized for their quality and serve to improve and lead the way for justice systems in Central America.

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Forensic pathology fellows complete death investigation training

Investigating injuries at the scene of a hit-and-run accident.

Another successful capstone session for NIJ’s popular Medicolegal Death Investigation training course wrapped up on Thursday in Largo, FL, at the NFSTC training facility. Participants in the June 2012 class included forensic pathologists completing requirements for fellowship with the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME).

The full course included both online and instructor-led curriculum for topics such as digital photography, biological evidence, explosive residue, firearms, forensic odontology, toxicology and latent prints.The instructor-led portion of the course culminated with a series of hands-on mock death investigation scenarios that tested each participant’s knowledge and skills gained throughout the training.
Scenarios included varied accidental death and homicide scenes. NFSTC strives to provide realistic hands-on experiences for students, creating realistic environments that allow trainees to practice. 
Participants assessed each scene, documented the scene, analyzed potential evidence and prepared and presented a summary of their findings.
Crime scene mannequin staged in a homicide scenario.
NFSTC wishes participants well as they complete their fellowship requirements and advance in their careers.

 

This training is provided under NIJ cooperative Agreement Award (#2011-DN-BX-K568).

Looking for training or technical assistance?

Does your agency need crime scene investigation training, forensic consulting, technology assessments or reviews?  During these lean economic times, forensic support can help bridge the gap between your agency’s limited resources and your challenging service requirements.

NFSTC is a Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) provider for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), providing these and other services and support for local, state and tribal law enforcement agencies.  Whether you need to train personnel or find a way to increase case efficiencies, NFSTC’s nationwide network of forensic scientists and consultants are ready to help.

To request assistance, please let us know a little bit about the support you need using our quick and easy form online:  http://www.nfstc.org/resources/bja-tta-application/ 

We’ll reach out to you and coordinate submitting your request to BJA for approval. 

NFSTC also maintains a wide variety of online training at no charge. Visit http://projects.nfstc.org to see what is currently available for you and your investigative team.

NFSTC provides BJA TTA Services under cooperative agreement #2009-D1-BX-K028.  Organizations requesting training or technical assistance (TTA) will be required to provide information and justification for their request. All requests must be submitted at least 30-45 days prior to the anticipated date of service. BJA does not consider requests to purchase equipment as technical assistance requests.

NFSTC wants to hear from you!

Three years ago, NFSTC surveyed forensic service professionals across the country about their needs and their understanding of NFSTC services. Thanks to the feedback of the participants we were able to provide additional projects and services.

With the evolving nature of the forensic science industry, NFSTC would like to invite stakeholders and practitioners to once more make suggestions and provide feedback that can help broaden services and target the most pressing needs of the community. We encourage you to take a few minutes to complete a brief survey. Your input is highly valued.

Click on the link below to access the survey.

http://NFSTC2011.questionpro.com

If you have questions at any time about the survey, please contact Chris Vivian at 727-549-6067 ext. 187 or by email at christine.vivian@nfstc.org.

This survey will close Friday, December 9, 2011.

Thank you very much for your time and support. We look forward to serving you in the future!