History and Objectives of the NIJ Workshop Series
In 2009, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded a 2-year grant to the Radford University Forensic Science Institute to provide a series of workshops focused on forensic science training. These workshops, entitled "Mid-Atlantic and Mid/Appalachian Innovations in Forensic Science," provided criminal justice and forensic science practitioners with an overview of state-of-the-art methods and techniques in Forensic Science. The focus was on the application of advanced forensic science techniques toward death investigations and included hands-on demonstrations, lectures, open dialogue, discussion and consultation between criminal justice practitioners, forensic scientists, and forensic science educators.
RUFSI hosted five two and a half-day workshops for professional law enforcement in 2010, 2011, and 2012 at Radford University.
Faculty from the Radford University Forensic Science Institute were joined by those from the Radford University Departments of Geospatial Sciences, Anthropological Sciences, Physics, and Criminal Justice, the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, and the National Institute of Justice Electronic Crime Technology Center of Excellence.
Forensic Science Best Practices for Law Enforcement
Selected content from the NIJ workshops has been compiled into Best Practice chapters on a variety of forensic science topics:
- Sanisha Bailey et al.: Medico-legal Death Investigation
- Cliff Boyd: Forensic Archaeology
- Donna Boyd: Forensic Anthropology
- Joshua Brunty: Digial Forensics
- Diane Catley: Forensic Chemistry
- Kevin Harth: Laser Scanning and Mapping
- Joe Keiper: Forensic Entomology
- Maher Noureddine: Forensic Biology