TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT

TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: CCBI is hosting “Advanced Comprehensive Supervised Casework in the Examination and Comparison of Footwear Evidence” on July 14-16, 2014. Dwane Hilderbrand is the instructor. If you have any questions, contact Rebecca… Heinrich for information at 919-255-7362.
And don’t forget the Foray Digital Imaging Class being hosted by Durham PD on July 22-24, 2014.

NCIAI SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENSION

nciai scholarship applicationDue to an error with the application on the website, the application deadline for the NCIAI scholarship has been extended until February 28th.

Attached in the application and the guidelines for applying are below.

NCIAI SCHOLARSHIP FUND – Application Guidelines
The NCIAI is seeking applications for scholarships, up to $1,000. This award will be given to qualified individuals on the basis of character, activities, merit, and interest in the field of forensic science. The following are requirements for each person interested in being considered for this scholarship.
1. Active, Associate, Sustaining, Life, and Student members as well as any dependent children of Active, Associate, Sustaining, and Life members may apply.
2. Any applicant must be a full time student at an accredited college or university.
3. A minimum of 3.0 GPA is required and a copy of official transcripts must be submitted to verify GPA (if selected as a finalist).
4. An essay with the following requirements: one to two pages, double spaced with Times New Roman, 12 point font, and common margins ~ completing the following statement, “If I receive this scholarship, it will benefit me in the following manner…”
5. A letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from an active member in good standing with the NCIAI.
6. A letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a non-related professor, teacher, mentor (who is already working in the field of forensics) or other education professional who is familiar with the student’s work ethic (School Counselor, School director, etc…)
7. All applications and recommendations must be submitted by February 28, 2014 for the Spring or Summer 2014 semesters.

Please send us an email if you have any questions!

NCIAI 2014 TRAINING CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Holiday Inn, Fayetteville

Holiday Inn, Fayetteville

The registration for the NCIAI 2014 training conference in Fayetteville is NOW posted on our website NCIAI.COM Event Dates: March 18-20, 2014

Hotel Address: Holiday Inn, I-95, 1944 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28312

The training theme is Local, State, and Federal: Different Missions – Common Goal and is hosted by
Methodist University Applied Forensic Science Program Director and Associate Professor David G. Pauly and Fayetteville Police Department
Tentative speakers and topics:
■Special Agent (Ret.) Steve Downs: Forensic Case Study of the Ft Hood Mass Shooting.
■Workshops in Bloodstain Patterns (FPD CSI Chief Grant Graham)
■Workshops in Latent Fingerprint ID (Instructor TBD)
■Workshop in Firearms Trajectory/Reconstruction (Dr. Laura Pettler)
■Workshops on Fingerprinting Unique Surfaces, Luminol, and Presumptive Bloodstain Testing (Sirchie)
■Workshop on Crime Scene Photography – Learning the Exposure Triangle (Pauly/Sirchie/MU Forensics)
■Lecture on Clandestine Gravesite Excavation and Documentation (Dr. Bryan Brendley, Guilford College)
■Workshop: Leadership Training – Incident Command (Dr. Mark Bowman)
■Special Events: Tuesday night CASINO Night & Banquet featuring Methodist Univ. Chorale
■More information will be added as speakers and classes are finalized!
We look forward to seeing you there!

NCIAI SCHOLARSHIP

Click Here for NCIAI Scholarship Application

Please forward to any qualified individual. Due date is January 31, 2014

Contact any member of the Scholarship Committee with questions.

NCIAI SCHOLARSHIP FUND – Application Guidelines

The NCIAI is seeking applications for scholarships, up to $1,000. This award will be given to qualified individuals on the basis of character, activities, merit, and interest in the field of forensic science. The following are requirements for each person interested in being considered for this scholarship.

1. Active, Associate, Sustaining, Life, and Student members as well as any dependent children of Active, Associate, Sustaining, and Life members may apply.
2. Any applicant must be a full time student at an accredited college or university.
3. A minimum of 3.0 GPA is required and a copy of official transcripts must be submitted to verify GPA (if selected as a finalist).
4. An essay with the following requirements: one to two pages, double spaced with Times New Roman, 12 point font, and common margins ~ completing the following statement, “If I receive this scholarship, it will benefit me in the following manner…”
5. A letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from an active member in good standing with the NCIAI.
6. A letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a non-related professor, teacher, mentor (who is already working in the field of forensics) or other education professional who is familiar with the student’s work ethic (School Counselor, School director, etc…)
7. All applications and recommendations must be submitted by January 31, 2014 for the Spring or Summer 2014 semesters.

MESSAGE FROM NCIAI PRESIDENT SEAN REID:

I hope this message finds you all well. Last week I sent you a message regarding the reorganization of SWGS. I hope you are making your voices heard. Since we are in the swing of making our voices heard, let’s do it some more.

As most of you are aware, sworn law enforcement officers can attend most training classes for free at community colleges. Non-sworn personnel cannot. If you are non-sworn, that probably puts a burr in your saddle. It puts a burr in my saddle too because you sit in the same class together and half had to pay to attend and half is attending for free.

This is an issue with most agencies since money seems to always be in short supply. It is also an issue because accreditation and certification requires TRAINING. No money, no training = no accreditation, no certification.

Sandra Neal at Guilford Technical Community College has tried to address this in the past without success.

I would like to urge you all to have your voice heard. Please consider sending a letter or e-mail to the below committees requesting that community college fees be waived for public safety personnel attending training related to their jobs. Tell them how it affects you, your agency, your profession, and ultimately, all of us.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sean Reid

Joint Subcommittee

http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/documentsites/browsedocsite.asp?nid=127

Senate Appropriations on Education/Higher Education Standing Committee

http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/committees/Committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&sActionDetails=Senate+Standing_87

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education Standing Committee

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/Committees/Committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&sActionDetails=House+Standing_7

Additional Information:

Since the waivers that apply to the training offered by Community Colleges is associated with state funding, the discussions and decisions about them are usually held by a Joint Education Appropriations subcommittee, and any changes are rolled into the state’s Appropriations or Budget Bill. For example, when the legislation about waivers changed in 2011, these changes were found here in the budget appropriations bill on page 63:

http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H200v8.pdf

(see page 63 of the document above… it begins..COMMUNITY COLLEGE TUITION WAIVER…)

2014 NCIAI TRAINING CONFERENCE

2014 NCIAI TRAINING CONFERENCE:
Holiday Inn, Fayetteville

Holiday Inn, Fayetteville

Hosted by Methodist University Forensic Science and Fayetteville PD Scheduled for 1300 on Tuesday, March 18th and concluding at noon, March 20th.
The Theme of the 2014 NCIAI will be “Local, State, and Feder…al:  Different Mission – Common Goal.”
Hotel Address:  Holiday Inn, I-95, 1944 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28312 Room Rates:  $101.00 suite w/out a full breakfast buffet $110.00 suite with full breakfast buffet $69.00 standard room w/out breakfast buffet $75.00 with full breakfast buffet NOTE: The breakfast is NOT a coffee, tea, and danish breakfast, but rather a full egg, meat, potatoes type meal.
Tentative speakers and topics:
-Special Agent (Ret.) Steve Downs:   Forensic Case Study of the Ft Hood Mass Shooting.
-Workshops in Bloodstain Patterns (FPD CSI Chief Grant Graham)
-Workshops in Latent Fingerprint ID (Instructor TBD) Workshop in Firearms
-Trajectory/Reconstruction (Dr. Laura Pettler)
-Workshops on Fingerprinting Unique Surfaces, Luminol, and Presumptive Bloodstain Testing (Sirchie)
-Workshop on Crime Scene Photography – Learning the Exposure Triangle (Pauly/Sirchie/MU Forensics)
-Lecture on Clandestine Gravesite Excavation and Documentation (Dr. Bryan Brendley, Guilford College)
-Workshop:  Leadership Training – Incident Command (Dr. Mark Bowman)
Special Events:  Tuesday night CASINO Night & Banquet featuring Methodist Univ. Chorale
More information will be added as speakers and classes are finalized!

MESSAGE FROM NCIAI PRESIDENT SEAN REID

There is so much going on right now nationally and statewide regarding forensics. One major area that impacts us is the proposed reorganization of the SWGS. There is currently a Notice of Inquiry that ends on November 12, 2013. “The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking input on the structure of guidance groups that would promote scientific validity and reliability in forensic science.”

What do YOU think? Are SWGS good, bad, ugly, need reorganization, fine the way they are, or need a complete overhaul?

So what can we do about it? We can’t let someone else worry about it. We have to be proactive to safeguard our respective disciplines. Each of us has a voice and a unique perspective we can bring to the table. We have ideas and possible solutions. So I am asking you, yes YOU, to let your voice be heard.

Take your ideas and let the powers that be know what you think! But please remember that your comments and suggestions are your own and not that of the IAI or the NCIAI.

Written comments may be submitted by mail to:

National Institute of Standards and Technology
c/o Susan Ballou
100 Bureau Drive
Mailstop 8102
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

Electronic comments may be sent to:
susan.ballou@nist.gov

“Electronic submissions may be in any of the following formats: HTML, ASCII, Word, rtf, or PDF. All email messages and comments received are a part of the public record and will be made available to the public generally without change on the NIST Law Enforcement Standards Office Web site; www.nist.gov/oles/forensics/. For this reason, comments should not include confidential, proprietary, or business sensitive information.”

You can also contact IAI President, Lesley Hammer, at lesley.hammer@theiai.org. She requests comments by November 1st for the IAI’s response to NIST.

For more information:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-27/pdf/2013-23617.pdf

http://www.nist.gov/director/spo/forensic-092713.cfm

http://theiai.org/president/