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NTPI presents cyber terrorism program

The National Terrorism Preparedness Institute (NTPI) of St. Petersburg College presents “New strategies in the fight against Cyber Terrorism”, a free program available as a C-satellite downlink and as an on-demand webcast.

Date:  Wednesday, February 23, 2011 

Time: 2:00-3:00 PM ET (also available on demand)

Cost: FREE

Register online for this and other programs at http://www.dlnets.com/NTPIprogram_reg.htm.

Live Response is an award winning educational/informational program produced by the – a 60-minute satellite television broadcast and web cast featuring news styled program segments and dynamic panel discussions with leading experts who share their knowledge and experiences about terrorism awareness, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Hosted by Tampa television anchor, Al Ruechel, each program offers insightful news, unique perspectives and fascinating discussion.  

Live Response is a product of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),  National Preparedness Directorate, National Education and Training Division.  The program is produced by the National Terrorism Prepardness Institute (NTPI), a division of the Center For Public Safety Innovation (CSPI) at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

NFSTC arms military service members with Firearms Examiner training

“Who’s shooting at us?” “What are they armed with?” “How far away are they?” These are life-or-death questions our military personnel face on the battlefield every day – and the kinds of questions Firearms Examiner candidates are learning to answer during a 17-week training program at NFSTC.

Starting November 1, NFSTC began training four candidates from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) to provide them with crucial Firearms Examiner skills. The goal is to equip these military personnel with advanced technician capabilities so they can be deployed overseas in seven to eight months. Traditional mentor-based Firearms Examiner training typically takes 18 to 24 months.

To facilitate rapid deployment, the training was condensed from NFSTC’s existing Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE)-certified, blended-learning firearms academy. NFSTC instructors – most of them ex-military – eliminated non-essentials such as gunshot residue, tool mark identification, communications, report writing, courtroom testimony and mock trials.

The training includes lots of comparison scope time – hands-on lab work comparing sample sets of fired projectiles side by side on a split-screen microscope. There will also be more than a few live rounds discharged on the mobile firing range, as well as instruction on firearms manufacturing, small arms ammunition, examination of firearms, cartridge and shotshell examination, and more.

“NFSTC is uniquely qualified to conduct this training,” said Dave Sylvester, NFSTC’s chief projects officer. “Our AFTE-certified curriculum, our forensic laboratory facilities and portable gun range provide students with an ideal learning environment.”

Following completion of the 17 weeks of training, the candidates will expand their skills with an additional 10 weeks of hands-on training at USACIL’s facilities, where they will participate in realistic battlefield scenarios to prepare them for deployment.

New Program Offering: Tenprint Examiner Training

In partnership with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) , NFSTC is pleased to announce that Tenprint Examiner Training will be provided at no cost to eligible applicants under an NIJ Cooperative Agreement Award (#2009‐DN‐BX‐K198).

This training program is designed to lead a cohort group of entry level tenprint examiner trainees through sequential course offerings in preparation for taking the International Association for Identification (IAI) certification examination . The Tenprint Examiner Training program consists of four onsite instructional sessions at the NFSTC training facilities in Largo, FL.
Please read the full announcement text containing program requirements and a link to the online application.

  Tenprint Training Examiner Announcement

Applications will be accepted from Friday, 9/24/10 through Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 at 11:59pm EST.

To be eligible for participation in this training program, applicants must:

  • Work for a U.S. publicly funded State, local or tribal agency as a professional practitioner in law enforcement or forensic services
  • Have access to the following resources at home or agency for the duration of the Tenprint Examiner Training Program:
  • Computer with Internet access (Note: computers will be provided for onsite training classes)
    Software: word processing (preferably MS Word) and Excel

Applicants selected to attend the program will be required to:

  • Obtain agency approval and provide documentation to the NFSTC (approval form will be provided)
  • Provide written verification that all eligibility requirements are met (verification form will be provided)
  • Successfully complete visual acuity and form blindness tests (tests will be provided)
  • Possess the visual acuity to examine small details under magnification
  • Possess a reasonable level of skill in English, arithmetic, computer keyboarding and word processing

Course delivery begins in January 2011 and concludes in April 2011.

NFSTC announces new Footwear Tiretrack Training

New Training Program

In partnership with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is pleased to announce that Footwear/Tire Track Examiner Training will be provided at no cost to eligible applicants under an NIJ Cooperative Agreement Award (#2009‐DN‐BX‐K198).

This training program is designed to lead a cohort group of entry level footwear/tire track examiner trainees through sequential course offerings in preparation for taking the International Association for Identification (IAI) certification examination.

The Footwear/Tire Track Examiner Training program consists of five courses: four onsite instructional sessions at the NFSTC training facilities in Largo, FL and one off‐site session in Tennessee to accommodate a factory tour.

Download the full announcement for program details and link to online application:

  2010-2011 NFSTC Footwear Tiretrack Training Annoucement

Applications will be accepted from Mon. 7/19/10 through 11:59 pm EDT, Sun. August 22, 2010.

To be eligible for participation in this training program, applicants must:

  • Work for a U.S. publicly funded State, local or tribal agency as a professional practitioner in law enforcement or forensic services
  • Possess the visual acuity to examine small details under magnification
  • Possess a reasonable level of skill in English, arithmetic, computer keyboarding and word processing

Applicants selected to attend the program will be required to:

  • Successfully complete visual acuity tests (tests will be provided)
  • Obtain agency approval and provide documentation to the NFSTC (approval form will be provided)
  • Provide written verification that all eligibility requirements are met (verification form will be provided)

 Course delivery begins in October 2010 and concludes in June 2011.