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Announcements / AFTE Applications
« Last post by Jessica Winn on Yesterday at 10:38:11 AM »
Please be advised that AFTE membership applications are only being accepted by email at this time. If applications are mailed, processing time may be significantly increased due to alternating work schedules and closures.

We appreciate and thank you for your understanding.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the AFTE Membership Secretary, Jessica Winn, at

Thank you,
Job Announcements / NIBIN Technician- Seattle
« Last post by Rick Wyant on March 31, 2020, 09:55:40 AM »

Come join our nationally recognized NIBIN program.

The Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory Division is recruiting for a NIBIN/IBIS Technician (Lab Tech 2) located in the Seattle Crime Lab.
Individuals interested in this employment opportunity must apply through 

This position will remain open until filled however, the first review of applicants will be on April 9, 2020.

Please note, if selected as a top candidate, all required education and education listed in your application materials must be verified in advance.

For more information on this position, please contact Ms. Tracy Moore at (360) 704-2315 or 

The Washington State Patrol actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Announcements / NFEA 2020-2021
« Last post by Sheila Hopkins on March 26, 2020, 10:50:50 AM »

The application period for admission to the 2020-2021 session of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Firearms Examiner Academy (NFEA) is open to all qualified candidates.  In addition to personal qualifications, trainees must be assigned to an established firearms section within the State and local agency laboratory.  Agencies must have an experienced firearm and toolmark examiner on staff to guide and prepare their trainee with mandatory assignments and a research project prior to graduation from the program. The trainer will also be required to continue with a formal training program once the trainee completes the NFEA program.

The NFEA provides training for apprentice/entry level firearm and toolmark examiners from Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. It is important to note that the NFEA is not a certification program. The academy curriculum is composed of the fundamentals of firearms & toolmark examinations and serves as a basis for the trainee, under supervision, to develop into a qualified firearm and toolmark examiner. The application deadline for the 2020 - 2021 session of the NFEA is July 24, 2020, with selections made soon after. It is anticipated that the class will begin in October 2020. Please note the training schedule may be adjusted accordingly based on the receipt of funding and the completion of the NFEA 2020 class.

Although the training is free, agencies will be responsible for covering round trip travel expenses for their trainee to travel to the academy for Phase II and Phase IV of their training. 

Additional information and the application form can be found at:

Training Seminars / Re: Department suspends all travel
« Last post by Marah Carney on March 24, 2020, 01:46:55 PM »
Working on changing a hotel reservation, but the dates for the conference have not been updated under the hotel's reservation system.  Any idea on when we can start that process?
Technical Assistance / Re: Table format for reporting
« Last post by Heather A. Williams on March 18, 2020, 02:08:58 PM »
Hi Guys,
[/size]Going to follow this too since our lab is also looking into changing the Firearms & Toolmark section report format. Our section is also looking at  going to digital notes and reports when we get our new LIMS system. Other sections are using a table format at this time. If anyone has any example reports using a table, I would greatly appreciate getting a copy. My email is below. Once we have a rough draft here, I can email it to anyone interested.
[/size]Heather A. Williams
[/size]Firearms & Toolmark Examiner- Senior
[/size]State Crime Laboratory - Milwaukee
Technical Assistance / Re: Table format for reporting
« Last post by Jon Tew on March 18, 2020, 01:07:15 PM »
Same as Justine.

My Quality Manager has asked that I look at it since our Latent Print Unit uses a similar grouping format.  I think it would be fine for Elim, ID, and unsuitable - it's the Inconclusive results I have difficulty with (or maybe even the firearms that function w/ issues and require more of a narrative.
The table format makes it easy for JusticeTrax to use for stats - this is one reason the QM has said it may be helpful and for me to look into.

Technical Assistance / Re: Table format for reporting
« Last post by Jill Kurzenberger on March 18, 2020, 12:32:33 PM »
E-mailed you both.
Technical Assistance / Re: Table format for reporting
« Last post by Justine Kreso on March 18, 2020, 11:05:28 AM »
Going to follow this so I get email notifications.  It is something that I have played around with off and on over the years and for firearms I don't think I've ever come up with a good way to do it since we intercompare all evidence to each other and not just a known to an unknown like latents and bio.
Technical Assistance / Table format for reporting
« Last post by Erin Medvid on March 18, 2020, 10:50:42 AM »
Hi all,

My lab is discussing using a table summarizing the analysis examination and results in our reports instead of a narrative explaining our conclusions.  Currently, our latent prints, drug chemistry and forensic biology (serology) sections have all moved towards this form of reporting.  We are struggling with how we could use a table to show identifications, eliminations, etc.  Have any of your labs done this?  Any guidance would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to respond using my work email account listed below.

Erin Medvid
Scientist- Firearms and Toolmarks
Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner
Pittsburgh, PA
Training Seminars / Re: Department suspends all travel
« Last post by Amy Weber on March 18, 2020, 09:55:07 AM »
Ditto - we just got our out-of-state travel ban end date - no travel until June (if we are lucky and it doesn't extend further)  :'(

This will be only the third AFTE conference I have had to miss...this is such a bummer but will rally for an epic AFTE 2021!   :-00
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