Special Feature: Forensic Sciences – Additional Resources
Visit the following federal and federally-supported websites for additional information and resources:
- Ballistics Toolmark Research Database
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology Ballistics Toolmark Research Database is an open-access research database of bullet and cartridge case toolmark data.
- Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
- CODIS blends forensic science and computer technology into a tool for linking violent crimes. It enables federal, state, and local forensic laboratories to exchange and compare DNA profiles electronically, thereby linking serial violent crimes to each other and to known offenders.
- Computer Forensics Tool Testing Program (CFTT)
- The goal of CFTT project at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is to establish a methodology for testing computer forensic software tools by development of general tool specifications, test procedures, test criteria, test sets, and test hardware. Through CFTT's Federated Testing Project, digital forensic investigators and labs are provided with test suites for tool testing and to support shared test reports.
- The National Institute of Justice's CrimeSolutions.gov uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. On CrimeSolutions.gov you will find ratings and reviews of specific programs and practices that focus on a variety of justice topics, including forensics/evidence.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Laboratory Services
- The FBI Laboratory provides forensic exams, technical support, expert witness testimony, and advanced training to FBI personnel and partners around the globe.
- Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE)
- Funded by the National Institute of Justice, FTCoE is committed to improving the practice and strengthening the impact of forensic science through rigorous technology corroboration, evaluation, and adoption; effective knowledge transfer and education; and comprehensive dissemination of best practices and guidelines to agencies dedicated to combating crime.
- Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program
- With support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the ICAC Task Force Program is a national network of coordinated task forces representing federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies engaged in proactive and reactive investigations and prosecutions of persons involved in child abuse and exploitation involving the internet.
- Just Science Podcast
- Developed by RTI International and funded in part by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, a program of the National Institute of Justice, Just Science is a podcast for forensic science professionals and anyone with an interest in learning more about how real crime laboratories are working to do their job better, produce more accurate results, become more efficient, and solve more crimes.
- Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC)
- Developed with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, LECC is designed to assist police chiefs, sheriffs, commanders, patrol officers, digital forensic investigators, detectives, and prosecutors who are investigating and preventing crimes that involve technology.
- National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS)
- NFLIS is a Drug Enforcement Administration program that systematically collects results of forensic analyses, and other related information, from local, regional, and national entities. The program consists of three components that complement each other to provide a holistic picture of the drugs analyzed by the U.S. forensic community.
- National Institute of Justice (NIJ): Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences (OIFS)
- NIJ's OIFS is the federal government's lead agency for forensic science research and development as well as for the administration of programs that facilitate training, improve laboratory efficiency, and reduce DNA backlogs.
- National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
- Funded and administered by the National Institute of Justice, NamUs is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases across the United States. NamUs provides free family DNA collection kits and forensic services to include forensic odontology, fingerprint examination, forensic anthropology, and DNA analyses.
- National Software Reference Library (NSRL)
- NSRL is used to collect software from various sources and incorporate file profiles computed from this software into a Reference Data Set (RDS) which can be used by law enforcement and others to review files on a computer by matching file profiles in the RDS. This can help alleviate much of the effort involved in determining which files are important as evidence on computers or file systems that have been seized as part of criminal investigations.