Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $450,000)
NIJ works with other entities within DOJ and other Federal agencies to establish a coordinated Federal approach on issues related to law enforcement technology. Through its Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences (OIFS), NIJ serves as the national focal point for the research, development, testing, and evaluation of technology for forensic technologies. The forensic science community has a critical need for trained forensic scientists in public crime laboratories. NIJ seeks to develop and deliver knowledge-based forensic science curricula at the State and local level. Enhancements or modifications to existing training programs for computer-based or Web-based delivery and dissemination of the product and sustainability of these initiatives are a priority.
The Training and Professional Development Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) established a working relationship with NIJ under Interagency Agreement 2008-DN-R-122. The function and responsibility of the National Firearms Examiner Academy (NFEA) was realigned with the Office of Science and Technology, Forensic Services within ATF. NIJ plans to continue delivery of firearm and toolmark examiner training to State and local public crime laboratory forensic science practitioners under this Agreement.