IAI Current Affairs
We will place items of interest to IAI members here periodically.
Senate bill 3378, Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2012
The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE ) is now accepting applications to take the written portion of the certification test during the August 20-31 time period. Qualified applicants should submit test application(s), fees, and proctor contact information to the AFTE Certification Programs Chairman by COB August 13, 2012.
The new online test format, converted from paper to web for AFTE by NFSTC, will allow candidates to complete both the written and practical portions of the exam at or near their workplace, without the extra time and expense of traveling. The fee for the online exam is $50.
Qualified applicants can choose to pursue certification in any or all of three subject areas:
- Firearm Evidence Examination and Identification
- Toolmark Evidence Examination and Identification
- Gunshot Residue Evidence Examination and Identification
To ensure the integrity of the exam, the online written exam must be proctored by a certified member of a forensic professional organization that has an enforced ethics code. Details can be found on the page linked above.
Candidates will have another opportunity to take the online exam between October 22-November 2, 2012 and applications for those dates are also being accepted.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES)
White Box Latent Print Examiner Study, conducted by the FBI Laboratory and Noblis
We are requesting participation in the White Box Latent Print Examiner Study, conducted by the FBI Laboratory and Noblis. This study is a follow-on to the Black Box Study performed two years ago. The purpose of the White Box study is to characterize what constitutes sufficient quantity and quality of features to support analysis (value) determinations and comparison/evaluation determinations. (Details here)
Participation in the White box study is open to practicing latent fingerprint examiners. If you are interesting in participating in the White Box Study, please reply to this email or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please forward to latent fingerprint examiner colleagues who may be interested in participating.
The White Box Study Team
Written Statement for the Record by The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation — “Turning the Investigation on the Science of Forensics” — December 7, 2011
European Network of Forensic Science Institutes
- Presentation Meeting IAI in Riga September 2011
- ENFSI European Fingerprint Working Group: Activities in 2012 — Plans for 2011
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced today a full committee hearing on advancing the science of forensics. While the criminal justice system relies heavily on forensic science to identify and prosecute criminals, many forensic tests lack scientific validation. The hearing will examine the science of forensic disciplines, the need for scientific research and enforceable national standards, and other challenges faced by the forensic science community. (Hearing actually begins at 18:40)
Black Box Study
- Accuracy and reliability of forensic latent fingerprint decisions
- A Study of the Accuracy and Reliability of Forensic Latent Fingerprint Decisions Appendix: Supporting Information
NAS Executive Summary related documents:
- Memo to IAI members by President Robert J. Garrett
- IAI Response to Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SWGSTAIN) response to NAS Executive Summary
- CFSO Position Paper in Response to the NAS Study