The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has launched a new online training tool, Forensic DNA 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.