Guidelines from Working Groups


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Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT)

SWGIT was created to provide leadership to the law enforcement community by developing guidelines for good practices for the use of imaging technologies within the criminal justice system.

The current economic climate has impacted the continued work of SWGIT. Due to a lack of funding revenue, SWGIT has made the decision to terminate operations. SWGIT's website and social media will remain available as a continued valuable resource for all questions involving Forensic Video, Image Analysis, and Forensic Photography. (Read termination details here)

The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE)

The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) brings together organizations actively engaged in the field of digital and multimedia evidence to foster communication and cooperation as well as ensuring quality and consistency within the forensic community.

Technical Working Group for Education and Training in Forensic Science (TWGED)

TWGED was formed for the purpose of recommending best practices for educational curriculums in forensic science. These recommendations encompass the current best practices and procedures for initial and continuing training models to provide those seeking to become forensic scientists with the educational and practical knowledge and skills necessary to effectively support their role in the criminal justice system. (TWGED Guidelines)

Scientific Working Group on Shoeprint and Tire Tread Evidence (SWGTREAD)

The Scientific Working Group on Shoeprint and Tire Tread Evidence (SWGTREAD) was created by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to serve as a professional forum in which experts in the forensic analysis of shoeprint and tire tread evidence and practitioners from related fields, share, discuss, and evaluate methods, techniques, protocols, quality assurance, education and research relating to shoeprint and tire tread evidence.

Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST)

The Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology was established in 1997 and continues to operate through sponsorship from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The SWGFAST guidelines have been published with the intent of promoting consensus standards to preserve and enhance the quality of service provided by the latent print community. (SWGFAST Guidelines)

Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG)

The mission of FISWG is to develop consensus standards, guidelines and best practices for the discipline of image-based comparisons of human features, primarily face, as well as to provide recommendations for research and development activities necessary to advance the state of the science in this field. (FISWG Guidelines)