The FBI initiated
the Training Partners Program to improve and expand training for
new forensic scientists and to continue the professional development
of experienced forensic scientists.
has established the following goals:
- Improve training
by developing uniform, structured forensic science instruction
by the use of style guides that govern instructional design and
other training elements.
training that is reliable and/or based on generally accepted practices
by using a joint development and peer-review process.
- Allow for
agency training program differences by adopting a modular training
- Expand instruction
through computer-based training and shared traditional classroom/laboratory
- Use the FBI
Virtual Academy as a delivery and tracking mechanism for all Training
Partners Program-approved courses.
The first Training
Partners Program meeting was held 9-25-2002 in St. Louis, Missouri,
following the 30th Annual FBI Symposium on Crime Laboratory Development.
The following Training Partners attended the meeting:
Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center
Ginny Field, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Dean Fletcher, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Rhesa Gilliland, Drug Enforcement Administration
Jane Homeyer, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Victor Reeve, California Criminalistics Institute
Philip Sallee, Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center
Todd Zdorkowski, Iowa State University Midwest Forensic
from the National Forensic Science Technology Center and the National
Center for Forensic Science were unable to attend.
The group discussed
Training Partners Program goals and objectives and reviewed a draft
memoranda of agreement that will be signed between Training Partner
agencies and the FBI to define the relationship, roles, and responsibilities.
of the Training Partners Program will be given at the American Society
of Crime Laboratory Directors meeting in Florida on 10-31-2002.
Also, information about the program and the Training Partners can
be found in the Conference Center of the FBI Virtual Academy.
your ideas and comments about the program by contacting Jane M.
Homeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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