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Forensic Technology Center of Excellence


The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) is a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) that supports the implementation of new forensic technology by end users. Services are customized to support forensic service providers such as crime laboratories, corrections and court agencies, and other criminal justice practitioners to combat crime. Through these efforts, the FTCoE increases the capacity of state and local law enforcement to effectively and professionally serve the public in matters involving forensic science and crime.
The vision of the FTCoE relates directly to the recommendations presented in the 2009 National Research Council report. We believe that, moving forward, the FTCoE can improve the forensic science profession by enhancing the performance of forensic science. Our priorities reflect our vision:

  • Function as a trusted partner.
  • Raise performance levels in forensic science.
  • Identify criminal justice needs and capabilities.
  • Connect practitioners with new technology.
  • Protect courtrooms from “unproven” technologies.
  • Transfer knowledge and best practices.

The FTCoE serves as the authoritative resource within the system for both practitioners and developers in their technology areas of focus. It assists in the transition of forensic science and law enforcement technology from applied research into practice.

RTI’s partners include the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Department of Forensic and Investigative Genetics and the Center for Human Identification, Duquesne University Center for Forensic Science and Law,  Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Forensic Science, West Virginia University Department of Forensic Science, University of Central Florida Department of Forensic Science and the Midwest Forensics Resource Center.