In summer 2008, the National Forensic Science Institute opened its new facility within the Law Enforcement Innovation Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The facility was designed to provide the most complete and comprehensive learning environment for professional crime scene investigators.
Instructors control the classroom's audio and video components, computers, and lighting with the touch of a button. Student workspaces are equipped with data ports and power outlets to provide the necessary connectivity for computers, digital cameras, and other electronic devices.
Complete with nine work stations and one instructor station with full audio/video capabilities, the lab can host 32 participants. Each fully stocked station has a sink, power outlets, data ports, chemical-resistant counterspace, and cabinet and drawer storage. Snorkel hoods provide silent, continuous ventilation.
Additional multi-purpose space is set aside for forensic experiments. Epoxy floors and walls make the space easy to clean after bloodstain pattern analysis exercises or shoe and tire impression experiments.
Built-in copy stands, adjustable height work stations, white ligh,t and forensic light sources complete the photography room and allow students to master advanced photography techniques in order to accurately document crime and accident scenes.
Off-site burns cells are available to provide access to a variety of arson settings. Observing combustibles, burn and flash rates, heat signatures, and how bodies, clothing, and other items react to heat aid in the investigative process.
New Outdoor Forensic Training Center (OFTC), Developed with Dr. William Bass
The National Forensic Academy incorporates into its curriculum the use of our NEW Outdoor Forensic Training Center (OFTC). This facility was established by the renowned anthropologist's Dr. William Bass, Dr. Arpad Vass and Dr. Murray Marks. This new facility (2016) is located in an isolated section of an 8,000 acre plot in the Cumberland Mountains where participants learn recovery of buried remains, study human decomposition, proper collection of evidence found in association with human remains. Students are also taught collection of evidence to assist in determining the post-mortem interval.