Programs

Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE)FTCOE

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.


Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training and Technical Assistance (SAKI TTA)

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.


National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP)

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 nlcp@rti.org or 919.541.7242.


Criminal Justice Testing and Evaluation Consortium (CJTEC)

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.


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.