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.
As you may have heard, the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) will be handing over the operation of the FTCoE system to Research Triangle Institute (RTI) at the end of this calendar year. It has been a long journey since NFSTC developed and launched the Center in 2007. During that time, it has been an honor for our team to serve communities large and small, provide forensic technical support, strengthen our crime laboratory system, evaluate the most innovative technology and provide training opportunities and workshops on a wide variety of topics. The variety of the questions we fielded and the innovativeness of the criminal justice professionals we have served across the country has made this time of service a fantastic and rewarding experience.
Thank you for your continued dedication to the truth, justice and the safety of our communities. NFSTC continues to serve the criminal justice community with a wide variety of forensic training, service and forensic expertise and consulting. We look forward to working with you.
The three-day PSPME-IMS workshop provided law enforcement professionals with an introduction to PSPME-IMS as a sampling and detection strategy for illicit drugs and explosives. Topics covered included:
applications of the PSPME-IMS technology, as well as sampling and detection protocols
an overview of the PSPME sampling and pre-concentration device, including its maintenance
use of ion mobility and differential ion mobility spectrometers (benchtop explosives trace detectors (ETD)), coupled with the PSPME device to allow for detection and presumptive identification of threat agents relevant to first responders
basic hands-on instruction on IMS analysis and use of instrument software
hands-on detection, analysis and interpretation of drug and explosive odor signatures
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in conjunction with the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), sponsored this event under a cooperative agreement to help facilitate the transition of novel technologies into practice by operational forensic facilities.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has launched a new online training tool, ForensicDNA Education for Law Enforcement Decision Makers, as an educational resource on policy and practice issues regarding the use of DNA analysis to investigate crimes.
The Forensic DNA Education tool, found online at http://projects.nfstc.org/fse, is targeted to senior-level law enforcement decision-makers. It provides information and education on the policy and practice issues associated with the effective use of DNA analysis, as well as the knowledge to:
Streamline investigative processes
Implement best practices for handling “cold hits”
Understand the basic principles of DNA evidence, including collection, handling and storage
Identify the probative value of evidence and prioritize DNA evidence
More effectively leverage limited resources
Interact more efficiently with crime laboratories to set expectations and manage caseloads
Understand the time and resources required from the lab to test different categories of evidence
Expert analysis on the impacts of DNA
Learn from the Experts A panel of experts from across the criminal justice community developed the materials presented on this website to assist law enforcement in addressing:
Rising demand for DNA testing
Resulting laboratory backlogs
DNA database legislation and its impacts to investigators and laboratories, and the greater criminal justice system
Forensic DNA Education for Law Enforcement Decision Makers was created by the National Forensic Science Technology Center and funded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, award #2009-DN-BX-K223.
The National Institute of Justice has launched an interactive website dedicated to exploring the CSI Effect theory and the myths and facts surrounding forensic evidence presentation in the courtroom. The website is targeted to officers of the court and provides the latest research on the CSI Effect theory as well as observations from trusted experts throughout the justice community. It can be accessed at http://projects.nfstc.org/csieffect
The CSI Effect theory asserts that popular TV crime dramas that focus on forensic science, may affect the behavior and expectations of jurors in real-life cases. The theory also suggests that jurors’ perceptions of the need for specific forensic evidence may impact their decisions in the courtroom.
Through videos and interviews with respected criminal justice practitioners, the CSI Effect Theory website provides new insights into the effects television dramas may be having on today’s juries. Visitors to the website will:
Hear experts from the prosecution, defense and the bench examine the evidence regarding the CSI Effect;
Gain strategies to employ in the courtroom that help ensure deliberations in trial proceedings are based on facts, not fiction;
Understand the role crime dramas are playing in influencing juror perception of forensics-based evidence, such as DNA;
Access additional resources and evidence pertaining to the CSI Effect theory
The CSI Effect Theory website features insights and opinions from:
Robert O’Neill, U.S. Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa, FL.
Nick Mooney, Senior Counsel for Bromagen & Rathet, P.A., in Tampa, FL.
Honorable Thane B. Covert, Pinellas Circuit Judge, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County, FL.
The CSI Effect Theory was developed for NIJ by the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), award # 2008-IJ-CX-K405.