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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 (
  • 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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Visit us at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences expo next week

Are you headed to Chicago next week for the AAFS Symposium?  We’ll be there. Be sure to stop by our locations in the exhibit hall and say hello. 

NFSTC – Booth # 1008

Check out our hands-on mock crime scene and try our portable forensic devices.  This will be the place to find Forensic Technology Center of Excellence materials and see what’s new.  REGISTER TO WIN a iPad at booth 1008.

NamUs – Booth 629

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is fast-growing and successfully assisting investigators around the country.  Log onto the system and see what’s happening in your area and how the databases work. 

Forensic Innovation Center – Booth 902

Don’t leave your forensic solutions to chance!  The Forensic Innovation Center (FIC), is a new concept in forensic service.  By teaming with other leading forensic innovators, the FIC provides myriad combinations of training, technical assistance and support services across most forensic disciplines. 

See you in Chicago!

NFSTC’s Training of Wisconsin DNA Analysts Recognized

DNA Analyst TrainingWisconsin Attorney General J.B.Van Hollen, recently declared the state’s DNA backlog backlog to be “history”.   In an Associated Press (AP) story dated April 21, 2010, a letter from Van Hollen to the state’s lawmakers announced the success of on of his top priorieties since taking office in 2007.  Van Hollen credits the training, provided by the National Forensic Science Technology Center, to have increased the labs’ productivity.

The state’s backlog of DNA cases was addressed using a combination of new staff, robotic technology, crime laboratory expansion and training.  To read the story, please click here.

NFSTC recognized for contributions to forensic science

David Epstein, Kevin Lothridge and Dave Sylvester, executive team at NFSTC, with the 2009 IACP August Vollmer Award for Contributions to Forensic Science.
David Epstein, Kevin Lothridge and Dave Sylvester, executive team at NFSTC, with the 2009 IACP August Vollmer Award for Contributions to Forensic Science.

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) was presented with the August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award for contributions to forensic science at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) at their annual conference in Denver earlier this month.  The organization’s program of making deployable forensic laboratories available to agencies and laboratories around the country was selected for this distinct honor. 

Due to the nature of forensic analysis, any loss of operational time can create a significant backlog of casework affecting court schedules, local law enforcement processes and public safety. Deployable forensic laboratories are an innovative and efficient way to provide expansion in emergency or combat situations, or temporary replacement of forensic analysis capabilities after a natural disaster or other crisis.  One of the organization’s six deployable laboratories is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, replacing facilities that were damaged by last year’s catastrophic flooding.  That community’s forensic service unit was in the basement of the police department and was destroyed. The deployable laboratory is providing work space while facilities are rebuilt.

NFSTC developed the laboratories in partnership with the Department of Defense and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to make these capabilities available to local or national forces when needed.

The labs provide expandable facilities free of charge to the agency in need, support that comes through a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). DTRA previously funded the development, integration, test, and delivery of the mobile forensic laboratories, which are operated and maintained by NFSTC and NIJ provides the funding required to maintain the units. Two other laboratories are currently in service with the Michigan State Police to assist them in continuing operations while they secure new permanent laboratory space. 

The IACP recognizes the significant impact forensic science has on the criminal justice system and has established the August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award to honor the proactive, innovative use of forensic technologies by law enforcement.