Category Archives: FIC

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.

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!

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/