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Providing Forensics Training to Rural Jurisdictions - NIJ National Center on Forensics (NCF)

Well-trained forensics specialists are integral to ensuring justice across the United States. However, in the country's rural states and locations, this training can be hard to come by. 

The National Center on Forensics (NCF) is a partnership between George Mason University, the National Association of Attorneys General, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the Montana Forensic Science Division funded by the National Institute of Justice. This grant program aims to bring forensics training to the nation's underserved rural areas. 

The NCF creates training opportunities for medical students and medical examiners, as well as for the legal and justice communities. It's also helped to establish a Coroner Liaison position in Montana, which has greatly streamlined the flow of information surrounding death investigations in the state. 

By hosting educational conferences, expanding opportunities, and expanding resources for rural communities, the NCF will create greater access to forensic science skills in the locations that need it most.

Date Published: February 15, 2024