Training and Funding Opportunities

The Office of Forensic Services serves as a facilitator to identify federal grant opportunities pertaining to forensic laboratories and to develop and coordinate strategies for grant proposals. For a description of federal grant programs related to the use of DNA technology in forensics. The Office also reviews and evaluates requests from forensic laboratories for state aid under the Supplemental Aid to Localities (Crime Laboratories) Program. You may also download a Supplemental Aid application.

The Office also sponsors or facilitates meetings for the Commission on Forensic Science, the DNA Subcommittee, individual discipline Technical Working Groups (TWGs), and courses on specialized forensic and technical topics for crime laboratory personnel. Planned and upcoming meetings and courses are described on the Office of Forensic Services Training Calendar.

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In order to be considered for any training courses/meetings you must currently work in a public forensic laboratory in NY State. If qualified, complete a training application and submit to:

Office of Forensic Services
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 South Swan St.
Albany, New York 12210

TWG stands for Technical Working Group. TWGs have been set up in New York State through the New York State Crime Laboratory Advisory Committee (NYCLAC) to address forensic issues. These groups exist for the forensic disciplines of Arson, Biology, Digital Evidence, Drugs, Firearms, Latent Prints, Toxicology, Trace, Quality Assurance and Questioned Documents.

The technical working groups were tasked with the following goals:

  • to promote uniformity in testing methods and procedures;
  • to encourage consistency in laboratory reports and reporting procedures;
  • to identify technical and policy issues affecting the discipline;
  • to ensure compatibility to the extent necessary to share and exchange information;
  • to identify training and developmental needs of discipline personnel
  • to serve as a resource to the Crime Laboratory Advisory Council and to the NYS Forensic Science; and
  • Digital & Multimedia Evidence.

TWG groups are comprised of representatives from NYS forensic laboratories. These meetings are open only to TWG members.

In addition to TWGs, Scientific Working Groups (SWG) were created to address forensic issues at a national level. More information about the SWGs can be obtained by going to Forensic Science Communications and using the "search" function for the SWG of interest. Click here for the SWG associated with fingerprints."