Florida International University and NFSTC join forces to broaden impact in forensic science

Florida International University (FIU) and NFSTC announce that they are joining forces to make a bigger impact in the field of forensic science. The partnership will expand the university’s diverse offerings and bring NFSTC’s training excellence to a broader audience in the U.S. and around the world.

A 22-year old non-profit, NFSTC will retain its mission of providing forensic science training, support and technology evaluations to military and law enforcement agencies, forensic science practitioners and crime laboratories worldwide. It will also remain at its current location in West Central Florida, where NFSTC has state-of-the-art laboratories and training facilities.

“NFSTC has a vision to bring quality forensic services from the crime scene through to the courtroom. We have trained hundreds of professionals in the skills needed to provide these services,” says CEO Kevin Lothridge. “We are looking forward to working even more closely with FIU’s International Forensic Research institute to elevate education and practice worldwide.”

The International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) at FIU is world-renowned for its research and education in furthering the field of forensic science. Both IFRI and NFSTC have missions that are
complementary and provide scientific expertise to the law enforcement, defense and legal communities, as well as continuing education and advanced training to practicing scientists.

For Kenneth G. Furton, FIU’s Provost and Executive Vice President, an analytical chemist who founded IFRI 20 years ago, this partnership is especially exciting. “Industry-university collaborations are crucial for the 21st century and forensic science is a discipline that has real world implications and applications,”
he says. “Together, we not only have an opportunity to broaden NFSTC’s services globally, but now our faculty and students will work with NFSTC and their partners to get their discoveries out of the lab and into the marketplace.”

Details are expected to be finalized by the end of 2017.

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NFSTC and ANAB to bring accreditation support to crime laboratories in Central America

NFSTC is teaming up with the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for a new partnership to expand forensic service accreditation in international settings. This combination of NFSTC’s international business reach and ANAB’s accreditation expertise will bring the best knowledge and practice to laboratories outside the United States.

NFSTC is currently working with crime laboratories and crime scene professionals from Central America to improve practice and expand DNA analysis capabilities through training and consulting. This work, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Portions of the work include preparation for accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17025, the international standards for bodies performing inspection and for testing and calibration laboratories, respectively.

This new partnership with ANAB will bring top-notch accreditation training, preparations and assessments to these laboratories. ANAB’s training will provide practitioners with thorough knowledge of standards and practice, and produce skilled local auditors who can continue to monitor and assess the laboratories.

Achieving forensic laboratory accreditation involves a significant investment by the communities and professionals involved. Once accredited, the laboratories will be recognized for their quality and serve to improve and lead the way for justice systems in Central America.

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NFSTC to retire DNA laboratory audit program

As of December 31, 2017, NFSTC will no longer provide DNA laboratory auditing services. NFSTC has been the top quality provider of DNA audits for 15 years and we are grateful for our many friends and customers in the DNA community.

Why the change? Over the past several years, NFSTC has experienced growth in many areas of our business, allowing us to provide more high-quality training, consulting and technology support to a wide variety of customers, including the Department of State and international agencies.

The good news is there are more audit providers now than ever before. Check with accrediting bodies and regional providers for the services you need.

If your laboratory is already scheduled for an audit between now and the end of the year, that work will proceed with no changes.  If you have questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please contact us at info@nfstc.org.

As your forensic resource, NFSTC will always keep up to date with DNA news. Follow us on social media or on our website at www.nfstc.org to stay abreast of forensic innovations and news.

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It’s National Forensic Science Week

For the fifth year in a row, the National Forensic Science Technology Center is celebrating National Forensic Science Week.

All this week, we’ll be talking about the essentials for crime scene investigation, from the basics to what’s next in the field.

  • Monday – Crime scene science
  • Tuesday – Chemistry
  • Wednesday – WCW: Women in Forensic Science
  • Thursday – DNA
  • Friday – Opioid epidemic

Show your support with our custom Facebook profile frame (just like our Chief Furensic Scientist). We’re also hosting a TweetChat Thursday at 1 p.m. EST on the new rapid DNA legislation. Join us using #RapidChat.

The city of Largo, home to our Florida headquarters, has ordered his fourth consecutive proclamation in honor of this week. We are also honored to have Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, sign a proclamation for the state.

If you aren’t already, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube for all the latest information this week and throughout the year!

It’s a CSI Sale!

If you’ve been thinking about taking one of our online Crime Scene Investigation Courses – now is the time to act. For the month of September, the Introduction and Intermediate courses will be $99 (reg. $129) each with ‘CSI Sale’ coupon code.

Our Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation course is perfect for new CSIs and first responders, and offers step-by-step guidelines for scene processing and evidence collection.

The Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation course expands skills and knowledge for investigators, students interested in pursuing forensic science, corrections agencies, death investigators, tribal agencies and anyone interested in more advanced evidence collection techniques.

Hundreds of investigators and agencies have taken the CSI courses, as a basis for hands-on training or to further their knowledge and skills.

Each course takes up to 16 hours to complete. A certificate of completion will be issued upon successfully passing the assessment at the end of the course. Questions? Contact us at info@nfstc.org.

Start your investigation today!