Several NFSTC programs are highlighted in the Spring 2010 edition of Techbeat, a special edition focusing on the forensic sciences. The publication includes articles about:
- NamUs, the national system that cross-matches records of missing persons with those of unidentified persons
- DNA Clean Techniques, for avoiding contamination during collection of DNA samples
- FIDEX, the Forensic Data Exchange system to improve data flow among crime labs, law enforcement and the courts
- DNA.gov, a website with free, self-paced, online training for law enforcement, officers of the court and forensic analysts
- Forensic Technologies Center of Excellence, an NIJ-established entity hosted by NFSTC in conjunction with four partner agencies
The issue features quotes from several NFSTC staffers about the variety of projects at the center, including CEO Kevin Lothridge, who says of NFSTC’s role in the forensic science community, “We’re the first adopters of new technology…. We look at everything, from things that officers and investigators would use at a crime scene, to tools for the crime lab and ultimately evidence in the court room.”
Techbeat is the official publication of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, an NIJ program. The publication is dedicated to reporting developments in technology for law enforcement, corrections and forensic sciences.
To see the full text of the special edition of Techbeat, click on the link below.
Tampa Bay’s local Fox News station, FOX13, came out to NFSTC to learn more about the National Institute of Justice Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation training for law enforcement, developed and delivered by NFSTC. The piece highlights law enforcement trainees from different areas of the country, as well as the valuable skills they learn through hands-on scenario training.
The story can be viewed online at
For information about customized training, training facilities and online options, please contact Eileen.Fynan@nfstc.org.
Wisconsin 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 is proud to be selected by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as a 2010 Best Places to Work finalist for the second year in a row. The organization is among 60 companies named for this honor in four size categories. NFSTC is a finalist in the “Big” category, which includes companies with 26-50 employees. The Tampa Bay Business Journal has been recognizing the area’s Best Places to Work for five years, and the event is highly regarded in the region.
“It’s the people on the NFSTC team who make this organization such a great place to work every day,” says Kevin Lothridge, CEO. “We consider it an honor to do the work that we do, and we are proud to be considered one of the best companies to work for in Tampa Bay.”
Winners will be announced at the 2010 Best Places to Work Awards luncheon on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at the New Safari Lodge at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. For more information, please visit: http://tampabay.bizjournals.com/tampabay/stories/2010/03/08/daily12.html?ed=2010-03-09&ana=e_du_pub
NFSTC’s Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation, a training class for new investigators, was featured in the Saint Petersburg Times on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. This class, funded by the National Institute of Justice, provides online and hands-on training in a variety of forensic investigation techniques and is provided free of charge to the agencies. A series of classes will be held throughout 2010.
To read the story, please visit http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/csi-tampa-bay-pinellas-training-center-teaches-how-to-find-the-evidence/1076716
To view the companion web video, please visit http://www.tampabay.com/video/?bctid=69330626001&p=2652468001
To learn more about the Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation class, please see our latest class announcement.