Forensic Technology Center of Excellence
Developed by the National Institute of Justice, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) seeks to strengthen the impact of forensic science through rigorous technology corroboration, evaluation, and adoption. Our team brings expertise from across all forensic disciplines, complemented by a robust infrastructure that includes laboratory sciences, criminal justice operations, web-based training, data collection, and technology assessment. Be sure sure to sign up for the FTCoE newsletter here.
National Laboratory Certification Program
Since 1986, RTI International has supported the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by managing the National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP). We conduct all aspects of the program, including the review and assessment of laboratory applications; inspections of applicant and certified laboratories; design, preparation, and distribution, scoring performance testing samples. The HHS-certified laboratories accredited under the NLCP are known as the “gold standard” in the drug testing industry. For more information on laboratory accreditation or becoming an NLCP inspector, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.541.7242.
Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training and Technical Assistance
The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training and Technical Assistance (SAKI TTA) program supports coordinated teams of police officers, prosecutors, crime laboratory professionals, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), forensic medical personnel, and victim services agency members. SAKI TTA provides evidence-based, victim-centered, and sustainable practices; these practices help with collecting and processing forensic evidence, investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases, and supporting sexual assault survivors. SAKI TTA offers the support that jurisdictions need to navigate the unique challenges associated with cold case sexual assault.
Criminal Justice Testing and Evaluation Consortium
The Criminal Justice Testing and Evaluation Consortium (CJTEC), operated by RTI International, is program funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. CJTEC staff uses research-based methodologies to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement, courts, and corrections agencies and to understand and test technologies and practices in a variety of NIJ’s research areas. As a consortium, CJTEC leverages expertise from varied criminal justice community stakeholders to understand and test technologies and practices in a variety of NIJ’s research areas.
The National Case Closed Project
Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Case Closed Project is a new nationwide program designed to support law enforcement agencies in improving their violent crime clearance rates, with an emphasis on fatal and nonfatal shooting cases. The project team will partner with local law enforcement agencies to identify effective and sustainable practices related to agency operations, agency resources, investigator capabilities, and community relations. Technical assistance will be provided to partner agencies, and educational materials will be developed that law enforcement agencies across the nation can use to improve their violent crime clearance rates.
Just Science Podcast
RTI International’s Center for Forensic Sciences presents Just Science, a podcast for justice professionals and anyone interested in learning more about forensic science, innovative technology, current research, and actionable strategies to improve the criminal justice system. This podcast discusses a wide range of topics, including leadership and efficiency in crime laboratories, sexual assault response, broader challenges faced by science and public security, and all forensic disciplines. All of our podcast episodes are available to the public at no cost.