NFSTC awarded contract to support U.S. Marines

We are excited to announce a new contract to continue our work with U.S. Marine Corps Law Enforcement teams, supporting them with logistics and exploitation training. The contract is for one base year and four option years, with a total value of $12.7 million.

NFSTC is proud to support our armed forces and is committed to providing the highest levels of quality service. We also provide training and support services to the U.S. Army and Navy through a variety of contract vehicles.

Contact us at info@nfstc.org to learn how we can support your teams.

NFSTC hosts Opioids and Officer Safety Webinar

Between 2014 and 2015, death rates resulting from synthetic opioids other than methadone increased more than 72 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The opioid epidemic is causing a unique safety concern for first responders in the field who may come contact with the drug unknowingly. Even a small amount of fentanyl in the air can lead to an overdose.

Join NFSTC as we host an “Opioids and Officer Safety” webinar with Mike Healy, Thursday, February 9 at 1 p.m. EST. As a forensic chemist with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, he’s encountered synthetic opioids in his laboratory at an alarming rate, the highest in Florida. Healy will discuss best practices for PPE, collection, analysis, and the signs and symptoms of an overdose, and take questions about officer safety and protocol.

Resources to share with your agency will be available. We welcome questions and comments about what’s happening in your jurisdiction.

Register today for the free webinar.

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First and only DNA analyst online training now updated

NFSTC has released the only DNA analyst online training with updates to conform to and include the latest FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS), new techniques and technologies. The program is used as the knowledge base for new analysts in the laboratory, and can also be offered as supplement to university course work.

While the fundamentals of the training remained unchanged since its creation in 2005, there have been numerous updates to the technology and techniques in the intervening years. NFSTC has taken on the challenge and enhanced the training content to benefits laboratories and analysts around the world.

“Science doesn’t remain stagnant. It keeps advancing and so should the training we offer to the laboratories,” explains Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC CEO. “We took it upon ourselves to update the nine modules with the advancements we’ve seen in the field.”

These advancements include rapid and touch DNA; both of which are changing how quickly DNA can be analyzed and how much of it is needed to do so. Laboratory Technical Leaders will be able to access the program and resources, monitor student progress, receive assessment results and have the authority to establish thresholds for issuing certificate of completion.

Individual analysts or laboratory teams can enroll in the new training program through NFSTC’s website. Training costs are determined by the number of students enrolled.

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Looking for a new challenge?

Flask holding a liquid, illuminated with an alternate light source.We want to know! Here at NFSTC, we are always looking for the best talent in forensic science and biometric intelligence.  We are currently seeking expertise in the following areas:

  • Forensic Biology/DNA
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Latent Print  and Biometrics Instructors
  • Computer Forensics (CELLEX/DOMEX)
  • Instruction/Training Military
  • Identity Intelligence
  • Site Exploitation

Multi-lingual capabilities are definitely a plus.

If you are motivated, talented and open to challenges, let us know you are interested in potential opportunities with the NFSTC Team.

  • Click here to learn more about our current position openings and contingent positions pending contract, and/or
  • Click here to be added to our Talent Pipeline for future employment or independent contractor opportunities.

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The legal stuff:
The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (minorities/women/disabled/veterans), and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. NFSTC is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

 

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Setting our Cadets up for success

It’s been a busy fall semester for our 2016 Biometric and Forensics ROTC Cadets. During the summer, the 11 Cadets trained at our Largo headquarters to learn about forensic biology and chemistry, latent prints, evidence collection, and biometric and digital evidence technology.

But we wanted to know: how much of an impact can two weeks have on these Cadets? Last week, we caught up with three of them who told us the time at NFSTC was time well spent.

Cadet Kaitlyn Velsvaag
University of Dubuque
Cadet Velsvaag in the chemistry lab
I have been using some of the skills acquired during the internship at another internship. I am working at the correctional facility in my town, which entails working with 150 inmates who are transition from prison or before going to prison. We use a lot of indicator tests for drugs and alcohol for these are forbidden. Overall this summer was a great crash course to help my career!

Cadet Travis Reed
Kansas State University
Cadet Reed in the chemistry lab
I was able to use a large majority of our training this fall when I gave a lecture presentation on biochemistry and how it relates to forensics. I was able to use the ALS that was given to us in my presentation, which everyone found very interesting. Unfortunately after NFSTC, I can rarely watch a TV crime drama without spotting a technical error or a case of “fauxrensics.”

Cadet Edgar Perez
Northern AZ University
Cadet Perez photographs developed fingerprint
Most recently, I have completed an internship with Arizona’s Department of Public Safety crime lab in Phoenix where I impressed many of the forensic scientists with my base knowledge of forensics. I impressed the latent print examiners with my ability to powder and lift prints. I have also received orders to report to Engineer BOLC in February.

We are proud of all our Cadets and their accomplishments. Stay tuned to see how you can directly impact our 2017 class.

Did you go through NFSTC’s ROTC internship? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or send us at update at info@nfstc.org.

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