Forensic Institute for Research and Education

Law Enforcement Training

2014 Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Security Essentials

Cyber Summit

May 5-6, 2014


Agenda (Subject to Change)

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The 2014 Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Security Essentials will be held on the MTSU campus May 5 and 6. Just as last year, there will be no charge for attendees. The event will address criminal, intelligence, disruptive, and information cyber threats and be of particular interest to city/state/federal governments, healthcare, education, transportation, financial, utilities, and business industries. Presentations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security, RSA, Stroz Friedberg, and Microsoft are a few of the organizations already scheduled. A total of 1.5 CEUs or 14.75 CPEs will be available as well ($10 processing fee to MTSU). Please check our website at for a tentative agenda and to register.


There are a limited number of reserved hotel rooms at the Murfreesboro Holiday Inn Express. Please call 615-849-9000 and use the code "Cyber Summit" to reserve. Participants are responsible for payment of hotel rooms. These rooms will be opened to the public on 4/21/14.

Forensic Lab Accreditation

June 19 and 20, 2014

MTSU Campus

Instructor: Miguel Palmer, MS, MBA

Attendees: lab administrators, department chiefs, technicians, forensic science faculty, law enforcement

Cost: Free

Click here to register

This course is for individuals who will be participating in the process of forensic laboratory accreditation. The course will focus on an overview of the ISO 17025:2005 Standard for testing laboratories, which is the basis of the accreditation of forensic laboratories in the world, the implementation of selected criteria in a forensic setting, developing skills in laboratory audits, and identifying management responsibilities in the process.
Topics to be discussed will include: scope of accreditation, customer service, corrective action, personnel, validation, chain of custody, and report writing, among others. Participants will develop an understanding of the current accreditation standards, including audits, corrective actions, interview techniques, report writing, ISO principles, international criteria, responsibility of management, record keeping, confidentiality, chain of custody, proficiency tests, validation, personnel training, position profiles and candidate qualifications, testimony in court, report writing, document preparation, and others.

Mental Health

Mental Health Requirement: POST approved for 1 hour

FIRE is offering a new online training course in the area of mental health. The course meets the new POST Commission mental health requirement and has been approved for one hour of POST certification. Created by Kim Parker, MSSW, the course makes officers aware of mental health issues, which they may encounter on the job. The cost of the one hour course is only $25 and may be accessed and completed at any time. Click here to register.
Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the course. The course is to be used only for the registered participant. If you have any questions, please email or 615-494-7971.


Exclusive Training Opportunities!

Onground course
Does your department have more training needs than training budget? The Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) is holding specialized online training programs that are vastly different from anything you've ever experienced in law enforcement. These workshops are appropriate for computer rookies and veterans alike, and since they are offered online, they will allow officers the freedom to advance at their own pace over a four week period. They will also allow departments to schedule training time for officers that will not negatively impact budgets, overtime, or shift work. Each interactive online workshop is taught by experienced law enforcement experts and will be submitted for 24 hours POST approval.
Although there is no cOnground courseost for the workshops, approval is required from your Sheriff, Chief, or Training Director so that we can ensure your department's commitment to this program (24 hours over a four week period). Don't miss this opportunity to experience an interactive approach to cutting edge law enforcement training (most classes include interactive crime scenes from actual case files!). Class sizes are limited to 15 participants, so apply now!


Each workshop will be:Onground course
  • No cost to law enforcement
  • Limited to 15 participants
  • POST approved for 24 hours*
  • Conducted over a 4 week period
  • Taught completely online in an asynchronous format
  • Created and instructed by experienced and established law enforcement professionals
  • Hosted and managed through the Tennessee Board of Regents' secured online learning management system, D2L (law enforcement will register with FIRE and will not be asked to register as a TBR or MTSU student)



 Onground course


*24 hours POST approval pending


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