Crime scene and other investigators soon may be getting high-tech help from RTI International. RTI is launching a Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence through a $6 million grant awarded by the National Institute of Justice. RTI’s partners in the effort include UNT Health Science Center, Duquesne University Center for Forensic Science and Law, and Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Forensic Science.
RTI’s Dr. Michael Baylor, who is co-director of the Center for Forensic Sciences at RTI, will lead the new center. Its purpose is to provide testing, evaluation, technology assistance and other services to crime labs, forensic service providers, and criminal justice agencies as part of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System.
"Forensic science is a critical and rapidly growing field in the United States and abroad," Baylor said in a statement. "As forensic science evolves, we greatly enhance the ability to successfully apprehend and convict criminal offenders. We're proud to be leading this new center, helping to increase efficiencies and performance of crime laboratory and law enforcement personnel." RTI has been involved in forensic research for more than 30 years.