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Department of State-funded training wraps up

ALS workshop and discussionsThe intense 20-week DNA analyst training for 14 Central American students has concluded and participants are safely back in their home countries.  On site since January, the students tackled techniques and protocols from bio-screening to trial presentation via a blended learning approach.

Discussing statistics results at NFSTCThe students used our online DNA Training program to gain history and theoretical knowledge, followed by hands-on instruction and practice in every step of DNA analysis. NFSTC provided Spanish-speaking instructors and an interpreter to assist at every level, ensuring quality training regardless of language barriers.

Five countries, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama, each sent two or three representatives. Each laboratory faces its own set of obstacles, but thorough training and consistent knowledge will help build capacity, moving towards accreditation, and support justice initiatives moving forward.

This training was the initial task provided through NFSTC’s first Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) grant. Crime scene training and other projects will follow in the coming months.

You can read more about the program in Forensic Magazine.

INL DNA analyst class

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Celebrating 40 years of ASCLD Success

1973 ASCLD Introduction Hard to believe an idea between 30 crime lab directors in December 1973 would flourish into the international network of professional and academic colleagues the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) is known as today.

At this year’s annual ASCLD symposium in Dallas a very special booth in the expo hall celebrated the history of the organization with a timeline of achievements and notable moments.

The milestones highlighted across the 15 foot display include the humble beginnings scribbled in Briggs White’s notebook, the acceptance of DNA as evidence, and the creation of ASCLD/LAB. It Jean Stover at ASCLD History Displaytells the story of the men and women who helped shaped the organization through the incredible changes in legislation and scientific discovery.

Attendees stopped by to take a moment to flip through the old newsletters or watch photos scroll past on the TV. Tweet your favorite memory with #ASCLDhistory.

The next ASCLD Symposium will be in Atlanta in 2018.

Download the full poster below.

  ASCLD History Display

ASCLD History Display

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NFSTC awarded contract to support U.S. Marines

We are excited to announce a new contract to continue our work with U.S. Marine Corps Law Enforcement teams, supporting them with logistics and exploitation training. The contract is for one base year and four option years, with a total value of $12.7 million.

NFSTC is proud to support our armed forces and is committed to providing the highest levels of quality service. We also provide training and support services to the U.S. Army and Navy through a variety of contract vehicles.

Contact us at info@nfstc.org to learn how we can support your teams.

NFSTC hosts Opioids and Officer Safety Webinar

Between 2014 and 2015, death rates resulting from synthetic opioids other than methadone increased more than 72 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The opioid epidemic is causing a unique safety concern for first responders in the field who may come contact with the drug unknowingly. Even a small amount of fentanyl in the air can lead to an overdose.

Join NFSTC as we host an “Opioids and Officer Safety” webinar with Mike Healy, Thursday, February 9 at 1 p.m. EST. As a forensic chemist with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, he’s encountered synthetic opioids in his laboratory at an alarming rate, the highest in Florida. Healy will discuss best practices for PPE, collection, analysis, and the signs and symptoms of an overdose, and take questions about officer safety and protocol.

Resources to share with your agency will be available. We welcome questions and comments about what’s happening in your jurisdiction.

Register today for the free webinar.
POST UPDATE: The recorded webinar can be found online here.

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NFSTC to train University of South Florida St. Petersburg forensic science students

USF St Petersburg LogoThe National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is taking forensic science students out of the classroom for a unique, hands-on learning opportunity. The Largo-based training facility is opening its doors for 14 students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) for a first-of-its-kind partnership between the two institutions.

“NFSTC has an international reputation in forensic science,” says USFSP adjunct professor Max Houck. “The USFSP students are lucky enough NFSTC is a bay area facility that will provide global capabilities within driving distance.”

Alternate Light Source TrainingDuring the course, Field Forensics, students will attend weekly three-hour sessions led by NFSTC’s subject matter experts. Topics include the basics of identifying, collecting and packaging evidence, to the new and emerging forensic space of biometric intelligence and digital media exploitation. Students will have the opportunity to try techniques and get hands on experience to augment their understanding.

“This is training I wish I had before I set foot in my first laboratory,” Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC CEO. “It’s important to know on paper how things are supposed to work. Our goal is to guide these students to use their classroom knowledge for practical, real-world solutions.”

NFSTC is committed to supporting quality education and training, and has worked with universities before through development of curriculum at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, University of Central Florida and University of Florida.  The facility also hosts a two-week Biometric and Forensics Internship to college ROTC Cadets each summer.

USFSP students will arrive at NFSTC Fridays in the spring 2017 semester.