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Training Update (Forensic Science Communications, April 2001)

Training Update (Forensic Science Communications, April 2001)


April 2001 - Volume 3 - Number 2

Training Update

FY2001 Specialized Forensic Science Training Program: Reassessing to
Meet Law Enforcement Needs

Jane M. Homeyer
Unit Chief
Forensic Science Training Unit
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Quantico, Virginia

The FBI’s Forensic Science Training Unit received a record number of FY2001 Specialized Forensic Science Training Program requests. Unit personnel are committed to meeting your training needs, and we are working to organize and schedule training to fulfill your requests. We realize that you would like to have training dates/commitments confirmed. Unfortunately, several factors prevent us from providing a formal training schedule and class rosters at this time.

In an effort to honor our commitment to you, we will continue to offer classes throughout FY2002 to satisfy the requests we received before the October 2000 deadline. We will not accept additional training applications until your FY2001 training needs have been met.

We realize that you may have had changes within your organization that would affect the training you requested in October 2000. Therefore, you will receive a summary of training requests that we have recorded from your agency. Use this summary to review your submission and revise it if necessary. You will also receive a student survey to help us determine class rosters and a host-site application form, where applicable.

Please pay attention to the eligible students and prerequisite entries that have been specified for each course in the catalog. We will not accept students for training who do not meet these requirements. Also, some agencies applied for more than the designated allotment on the basis of agency size.

If you have erroneously registered for a class that you do not qualify for, or if you have over-registered, please adjust your request(s) when you receive the registration summary and survey documents. In these cases, if we do not receive an adjusted registration, your application may be invalidated.

As we endeavor to meet your training requests, we will be working on the following initiatives throughout the next year to improve our training program:

  1. Implementing an online Learning Management System for automated student registration and tracking distanced-based and classroom training. In addition, it will be used to deliver distance learning courses and serve as a resource center and an online (synchronous and asynchronous) classroom environment. This will be the software tool used to establish our virtual academy/university.

  2. Fostering and working with regional training partners to make classroom training more cost-effective and expand course offerings. Training at these regional centers will follow standardized curriculum to ensure that students receive the same high-quality training regardless of location.

  3. Developing the series of fundamental distance learning courses using a standard template. Successful completion of one or more fundamental course(s) will be a prerequisite for any corresponding classroom training.

We are excited to move forward in these new directions and appreciate your patience as we strive to achieve our goals. Again, be assured that we are committed to helping you accomplish your training needs.

Future training program updates will be published in Forensic Science Communications. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information:

Y. Tracey Brent, 703-632-4629, ybrent@fbiacademy.edu
Jane Homeyer, 703-632-4630, jhomeyer@fbiacademy.edu
Susan Villhauer, 703-632-4622, svillhauer@aol.com
Rosetta Whalen, 703-632-4631, rwhalen@fbiacademy.edu