Academic journal article Forensic Science Communications

Training Partners

Academic journal article Forensic Science Communications

Training Partners

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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.


The program 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.

* Establish 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 program approach.

* Expand instruction through computer-based training and shared traditional classroom/laboratory training materials.

* 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:

Gary Bombard, 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 Resource Center

Representatives from the National Forensic Science Technology Center and the National Center for Forensic Science were unable to attend. …

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