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U S Department of Justice,Office of Justice Programs. 810 Seventh Street N W,Washington DC 20531,John Ashcroft. Attorney General,Deborah J Daniels,Assistant Attorney General. Sarah V Hart,Director National Institute of Justice. This and other publications and products of the National Institute. of Justice can be found at,National Institute of Justice.
www ojp usdoj gov nij,Office of Justice Programs,Partnerships for Safer Communities. www ojp usdoj gov,Education and Training in,Forensic Science. A Guide for Forensic Science Laboratories,Educational Institutions and Students. Developed and Approved by the Technical Working Group for. Education and Training in Forensic Science,NCJ 203099. Sarah V Hart, Findings and conclusions of the research reported here are those of the authors and do not.
reflect the official position or policies of the U S Department of Justice. The National Institute of Justice is a component of the Office of Justice Programs which also. includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance the Bureau of Justice Statistics the Office of Juvenile. Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Office for Victims of Crime. Message From the Director, Forensic scientists play a pivotal role in the This publication is especially timely as. criminal justice system providing crucial President Bush has directed DOJ to. information about the evidence to the trier undertake a 1 billion 5 year program to. of fact Because the work they do both improve the Nation s capacity to use DNA. at the crime scene and in the laboratory evidence as a routine law enforcement tool. often must be used in court it is especial This capacity building plan seeks to improve. ly important that the training and educa all aspects of the system evidence collec. tion of forensic scientists provide a solid tion presentation analysis and use in. scientific background and a broad base in court Ensuring that this Nation has an. criminalistics adequate pool of trained forensic scien. tists is critical to achieving this goal,Interest in forensic science has increased. dramatically in the past 10 years In I commend the hard work of the mem. response to this interest many universi bers of the Technical Working Group that. ties have begun to offer degrees in foren created this consensus document They. sic science at both the undergraduate and are representative of forensic science edu. graduate level To ensure that these pro cators laboratory directors forensic sci. grams adequately prepare practitioners ence trainers education professionals. for their careers in operational laboratories prosecutors and defense attorneys Their. the U S Department of Justice DOJ has collective expert knowledge experience. supported West Virginia University s estab and dedication to the task made this effort. lishment of the Technical Working Group a success,for Education and Training in Forensic. Science for the purpose of recommending Educational programs and training models. best practices for educational curriculums will vary based on the needs of the particu. in forensic science These recommenda lar organization and jurisdiction in which. tions encompass the current best practices they are implemented The criteria set forth. and procedures for initial and continuing in this document can serve as a guide for. training models to provide those seeking to universities to promote quality education. become forensic scientists with the educa and training in forensic science disciplines. tional and practical knowledge and skills by promoting a consistent approach while. necessary to effectively support their role tailoring their programs to meet the needs. in the criminal justice system of the applicable community. Sarah V Hart,National Institute of Justice,Technical Working Group on Education and. Training in Forensic Science,The Technical Working Group on Education.
and Training in Forensic Science TWGED,Education and Training in. is a multidisciplinary group of content area Forensic Science. experts from across the United States and Planning Panel. Canada from both urban and rural jurisdic, tions each representing his or her respec Dr Jack Ballantyne. tive agency or practice Each individual is Associate Professor. involved in educating and or training foren Department of Chemistry. sic scientists as students or professionals University of Central Florida. They represent academia forensic science Orlando FL. laboratories professional forensic science,Inspector Mark Dale. organizations and the legal system,Laboratory Director. At the outset of the effort to develop this New York State Police. Guide the National Institute of Justice Albany NY,NIJ created a planning panel composed.
Dr Allison Eastman,of forensic science educators crime labo. Supervisor of DNA Services,ratory directors and trainers to define. New York State Police,needs develop initial strategies and steer. the larger group This planning panel first, determined that an NIJ technical working Linda Errichetto. group would provide the best approach Laboratory Director. for addressing the demonstrated needs Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Additional members of the technical work Forensic Laboratory. ing group were then selected from recom Las Vegas NV. mendations solicited from the planning, panel and national organizations includ Dr Terry Fenger.
ing the American Academy of Forensic Director, Sciences American Society of Crime Marshall University Forensic Science. Laboratory Directors American Society Center, of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Huntington WV. Accreditation Board International Associa, tion for Identification Drug Enforcement Barry Fisher. Administration Federal Bureau of Investi Director, gation George Washington University Scientific Services Bureau. West Virginia University Marshall Univer Los Angeles County Sheriff s Office. sity and the National Forensic Science Los Angeles CA. Technology Center,Dr Jane Homeyer, During a 1 year period the 47 members Forensic Science Training Unit Chief.
and 2 designees of the TWGED listed Laboratory Division. below worked together to develop this Federal Bureau of Investigation. Guide Quantico VA,Peter Marone Garry Bombard,Central Lab Director Director of Training. Division of Forensic Sciences Illinois State Police Department. Commonwealth of Virginia Forensic Sciences Command. Richmond VA Chicago IL,Dr Carl Selavka Dr Robert Briner. Director Director, Massachusetts State Police Crime Southeast Missouri Regional Crime. Laboratory Laboratory,Sudbury MA Cape Girardeau MO. Dr Ian Tebbett Dr Michael Bourke,Education and Training Consultant DNA Manager.
University of Florida Connecticut Department of Public Safety. Gainesville FL Meriden CT,Dr Michael Yura Dr Yale Caplan. Director Director, Forensic Identification Program National Scientific Services. West Virginia University Baltimore MD,Morgantown WV. Elizabeth Carpenter,Laboratory Director, Additional Technical Oregon State Police Crime Laboratory. Portland OR,Working Group Members,Alan Clark,Dr Jos Almirall.
Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator,Office of Forensic Sciences. Forensic Science Program,Drug Enforcement Agency Headquarters. Florida International University,Washington DC,Dr Peter DeForest. Kathleen Barch,Professor of Criminalistics,Deputy Director. John Jay College,Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification.
City University of New York,and Investigation,New York NY. Dr Christopher D Elia,Dr Clifton Bishop,Vice President for Research. Curriculum Coordinator and Advisor,State University of New York. Forensic Identification Program,West Virginia University. Morgantown WV Dr Jamie Downs,Director Chief Medical Examiner.
Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences,Dr David Foran Susan Johns. Assistant Professor Bureau Chief, George Washington University Illinois State Police. Department of Forensic Sciences Springfield IL,Washington DC. Dr Graham Jones,Dr James Fox President, Lipman Family Professor of Criminal Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board. Justice Medical Examiner s Office, College of Criminal Justice Edmonton Alberta Canada.
Northeastern University,Boston MA Dr Karen Kershenstein. Dr Robert Fraas KWK Enterprises,Director Fairfax Station VA. Forensic Science Program,Eastern Kentucky University Kevin Lothridge. Richmond KY Deputy Director,National Forensic Science and Technology. Dr Robert Gaensslen Center,Director of Graduate Studies Largo FL.
Forensic Science Program,University of Illinois at Chicago Joseph Polski. Chicago IL Chief Operations Officer,International Association for Identification. Dr Howard Harris Mendota Heights MN,Forensic Science Program Lawrence Presley. University of New Haven Director of Criminalistics. West Haven CT National Medical Services,Willow Grove PA. Dr Neal Haskell,Forensic Entomologist Victor Reeve.
St Joseph s College Laboratory Director,Rensselaer IN California Criminalistics Institute. Sacramento CA,Carol Henderson J D,Professor of Law Gerald Richards. Shepard Broad Law Center Richards Forensic Services. Nova Southeastern University Laurel MD,Fort Lauderdale FL. Dr Kathy Roberts,Dwane Hilderbrand Assistant Professor. Scottsdale Crime Laboratory California State University. Scottsdale AZ Los Angeles CA,Karen Irish Linda Rourke.
Director of Forensic Sciences John Jay College, Baltimore County Police Department City University of New York. Towson MD Bayside NY,Dr George Sensabaugh Wayne Williams J D. Professor of Biomedical and Forensic Electronic Consultant Attorney at Law. Sciences Hyattsville MD,University of California,Berkeley CA Amy Wong. Laboratory Director, Dr Charles Tindall Virginia Division of Forensic Science. Director of Forensic Science Fairfax VA,Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Denver CO Kenneth Zercie,Assistant Director,Dr Victor Weedn Connecticut State Police Forensic. Principal Research Scientist and Director Laboratory. of Biotechnology and Health Initiatives Meriden CT. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA Designee who attended one meeting as. a proxy for a TWGED member,Dr Jeffrey Wells,Associate Professor. Department of Justice Sciences,University of Alabama at Birmingham. Birmingham AL,Acknowledgments, The National Institute of Justice NIJ and Crime Laboratory Directors Robert S.
West Virginia University WVU wish to Conley from the American Society of. thank the members of the Technical Work Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory. ing Group on Education and Training in Accreditation Board Thomas C Smith. Forensic Science TWGED for their exten from the American Bar Association. sive efforts and dedication to the enhance Criminal Justice Section Jennifer S. ment of education and training in forensic Mihalovich from the American Board of. science The TWGED members who are Criminalistics Thomas Janovsky from the. national experts representing academia Drug Enforcement Agency Dick Johnson. forensic science laboratories professional from the National White Collar Crime. organizations and the legal system gener Center Dr Michael Baer from the Ameri. ously gave their time to draft and review can Council on Education Dr Jay Siegel. this document In addition thanks are from Michigan State University Dr Ray H. extended to the agencies and organiza Liu from the University of Alabama. tions that TWGED members represent Birmingham Dr David A Rowley from. for their flexibility and support which en the George Washington University and. abled the participants to see this project Dr Philip H Yeagle from the University of. to completion New Haven NIJ WVU and TWGED also,would like to thank the numerous individu. NIJ and WVU would like to thank all the als and organizations who were sent a draft. individuals from various national organiza of the Guide for review and comment. tions who responded to the request for, nominations of experts with a wide WVU would like to thank President David. expanse of knowledge and experience Hardesty Provost Gerry Lang Vice Presi. from different areas of forensic science dent for Research John Weete Director of. both in practice and education It was from the Forensic Identification Program Michael. their recommendations that the members Yura Forensic Identification Program. were selected In particular thanks to Administrative Assistant Lori Britton and. Mary Fran Ernst from the American Projects Director Max M Houck for their. Academy of Forensic Sciences Keith K commitment and dedication to the forensic. Coonrod from the American Society of sciences and this project. About This Report, The results of forensic investigations often coursework in specialized forensic and. can be the difference between acquittal laboratory sciences and other classes. and conviction in a court of law The validi that complement the student s area of. ty of those results depends on the knowl concentration. edge skills and experience of the forensic, scientists working to obtain them The Graduate degree Graduate programs can. National Institute of Justice with support move students from theoretical concepts. from the West Virginia University created to discipline specific knowledge Exemplary. Science Laboratories Educational Institutions and Students U S Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice REPORT Education and Training in Forensic Science A Guide for Forensic U S Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 810 Seventh Street N W Washington DC 20531 John Ashcroft Attorney General Deborah J Daniels Assistant Attorney General

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