Forensic Science Technology Working Group: Operational Requirements

​A Technology Working Group (TWG) is a committee of 25 to 30 experienced practitioners from local, state, tribal, and federal agencies and laboratories associated with a particular NIJ technology investment portfolio, such as Forensic Science. Each portfolio has a TWG, which identifies criminal justice technology needs within that portfolio.

Through the formation of TWGs, NIJ reaches out to the practitioner community to identify, discuss, and prioritize operational needs and requirements. These needs and requirements help inform NIJ's planned and ongoing research and development activities, and ensure that future research and development investments meet practitioner-driven needs. This is Phase I of NIJ’s Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) Process.

The most recent list of needs and requirements (pdf, 12 pages) was developed based on discussion at the 2015 Forensic Science TWG meeting. This meeting was held on September 15-16, 2015. Practitioner representatives from the majority of forensic disciplines were represented including: crime scene investigators, drug chemists, forensic DNA analysts, forensic pathologists, forensic anthropologists, impression and pattern evidence examiners (friction ridge, firearms and toolmarks, etc.), toxicologists, questioned document examiners, and trace examiners, among others.

Disciplines represented by the Forensic Science Technology Working Group include (select a link to learn more about NIJ's work in each area):

Date Modified: October 21, 2015