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!

The Forensic Update is out!

This month’s Forensic Update brings you news about chemical testing innovations, scent preservation kits, and the development of a marijuana sobriety test.

Don’t miss a single edition – subscribe to our YouTube channel and join the more than 2,000 viewers who get to see the Forensic Update as soon as it’s published each month.  Get the news on the Update, then head on over to our As Seen on the Forensic Update page for links to all the in-depth information you need.

A Dozen Cadets Fall In for a Unique Internship Program

For the ninth year, The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is hosting ROTC Cadets from across the country for the Biometric and Forensic Internship.

The sought after program covers hands-on introductory training from DNA to digital forensics in an intense two-week course, from Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 28. Each discipline is taught by NFSTC’s own subject matter experts and targets growing areas of importance to our nation’s security.

The Cadets will also be expanding their skills at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Firing Range, Tuesday, July 25. For the fourth year, the Sheriff’s Office instructors will teach the Cadets about firearm use and safety. Then, they are allowed to utilize the facility to practice those skills.

NFSTC has provided this internship at no cost to the Cadets nor their commands since 2009. “We see this as a way to introduce tomorrow’s leaders today to these skills. In these two weeks, we can provide the Cadets with knowledge and understanding that will set them apart in their career path,” explains Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC’s CEO.

To learn more about the internship, including available sponsorship opportunities, visit nfstc.org.

STEM TEC Record Attendance

For the eighth year, NFSTC hosted students from the Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay STEM TEC program. This year, 44 students were selected to attend the event – a record number.

Five stations were set up covering bio-screening, alternate light source, latent prints, digital forensics, and a CSI: Rocks station. Using tools from their very own CSI kits, the students learned about each topic through hands-on activities and demonstrations. The take home kits were supplied through a grant from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Advisory Board.

The STEM TEC program, developed by Junior Achievement and WorkNet Pinellas, provides career exploration and workplace readiness training to economically disadvantaged students age 14-17 through a four-week summer program and year-round engagements. The program includes employer site visits to gain job awareness and interest in STEM-specific fields.

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