NFSTC to attend the 2015 NATO SOF Symposium

Forensic Innovation Center logoThe National Forensic Science Technology Center will be joining partners at the Forensic Innovation Center (FIC) for the 2015 NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) Symposium in Mons, Belgium. The FIC is a gold sponsor of the event held Tuesday, September 8, 2015 to Thursday, September 10, 2015. It will bring together the trans-Atlantic SOF community and SOF from NATO’s Partnership for Peace, the Mediterranean Dialogue, Istanbul Cooperative Initiative, and NATO’s “Partners Around the Globe.”

NFSTC and the FIC will be joined by selected partners at Stand G4 to exhibit exploitation capabilities critical to today’s SOF operators. Partners include:

Learn more about the symposium and our partners at the FIC website.

Army ROTC cadets finish two-week forensic internship with a bang

Army ROTC cadets participating in NFSTC’s Forensics and Biometrics Internship wrapped up their stay on Friday with intensive, hands-on site exploitation exercises featuring scenarios derived from real battlefield experiences. The exercises provided the cadets with a unique opportunity to learn valuable skills in advance of their military careers. The skills include determining primary and secondary mission objectives, making decisions and prioritizing actions under pressure, understanding the probative value of evidence, managing detainees during a forensic search, and tactics for thoroughly documenting and searching a target site.

Cadets worked in teams to complete the site exploitation exercises, requiring them to demonstrate leadership abilities, personal responsibility, and adherence to overall mission objectives. Under the direction of coordinator Garry Ashton, each team reviewed the evidence they collected to determine what items were most valuable in achieving their objectives and, overall, how successfully they executed their mission.

Earlier in the week, the cadets received a visit from Colonel Peggy Combs, Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Cadet Command. The colonel came to observe the cadets in action and get a feel for the value of the training to the overall ROTC program. Her visit corresponded with the course on improvised explosive device detection and investigation techniques, a highly relevant topic for current and future soldiers.

After spending some time with the cadets in the firing range, NFSTC CEO Kevin Lothridge said, “We’re fortunate to be able to offer this program; it’s unique and it’s visionary. This is an opportunity to engage future leaders at the beginning of their careers. These folks, if they choose intelligence, chemical or military police roles, will already have a foundation in forensics; skills that will prove invaluable in the field.”

Visit the ROTC Forensics and Biometrics Internship photo gallery on NFSTC’s Facebook page for more photos of the cadets as they progressed through the program.

Col. Peggy Combs (far left) pauses for a picture with the 2012 NFSTC forensic internship cadet class

NFSTC salutes law enforcement during National Police Week

NFSTC honors our nation’s law enforcement during National Police Week: May 13-18, 2012. The annual celebration attracts tens of thousands to Washington, D.C. to recognize the service of our men and women in uniform and pay tribute to those lost in the line of duty.

NFSTC supports law enforcement by providing cost-effective forensic science training programs and technical assistance to local, state and tribal agencies relating to crime scene investigation, death investigation, latent print and pattern evidence collection, and combating online exploitation of children.  We’re proud of our partnership with law enforcement across the country and thank them for their dedication to safeguarding our communities.

For information on this year’s National Police Week  events, visit www.policeweek.org.

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.


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!

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.