Expanding Forensic Education and Enhancing Law Enforcement Training
Expanding Forensic Education and Enhancing Training for Forensic Scientists and Law
FIRE has received three BJA grants totaling nearly $1.4M with Dr. Hugh Berryman as
principal investigator. These two have shared objectives to:
- Test the efficacy of training for law enforcement by developing innovative specialized online training.
- Establish a digital forensics lab at MTSU to serve academic and training needs.
- Provide training for law enforcement and the community from national experts on organized
- Develop a forensics emphasis at MTSU through undergraduate and graduate curriculum
- Encourage innovative student research across disciplines and the presentation of research
at regional and national meetings.
Innovative Tools For Law Enforcement: Development of Crime Scene App for First Responders
This grant is the first BJA funded app
designed to service the law enforcement community. The checklist was designed by
subject matter experts from across the nation to move a first responding officer through
the steps necessary to manage the scene and preserve perishable evidence before the
investigating officer arrives.
Investigation of the detection of Gunshot Residue (GSR) on bone using Scanning Electron
Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis
A Forensic Science Foundation
's Lucas Grant
funded a follow-up study which determined that the GSR particles detected are truly
primer derived. This was achieved by using bullets with strontium-based primers and
a rigorous protocol. Strontium particles were detected on bone in gun to target distances
of up to 6 feet, the maximum distance investigated. This research was presented at
the 63rd Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, and we are currently working
towards journal submission of these results.
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