NFSTC@FIU training aid gets the job done

By Meredith Frameli

Proper documentation is critical when conducting a forensic investigation. That means keeping well-organized notes and taking detailed photographs that include a ruler for scale. Those rules apply whether an investigation happens on land or at sea.

NFSTC tool used to prevent weapon smuggling

With more than 25 years of experience in the forensic sciences, the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC@FIU) has trained local, state and military law enforcement agencies in a variety of disciplines. This instruction includes materials like job aids to support men and women in uniform wherever duty calls, even months after the initial instruction. 

The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command recently detailed a successful operation by the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill to prevent weapon smuggling in the Indian Ocean. The maritime security experts utilized an NFSTC@FIU training aid to document the cache of illicit cargo. The spiral-bound, pocket-sized aid includes a ruler for photography and space for documenting notes.

The work of NFSTC@FIU aims to create products that support scientific protocols and procedures in real-world investigations in and outside of the laboratory, including off the coast of Somalia.

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