CFSO Newsletter

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Source:  Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS Representative


You are invited to view the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) February 2017 newsletter at

In addition, please note CFSO’s participation in the National Forensic Science Academy for Leadership and Management (NFSA). NFSA was created by a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation® that was awarded jointly to the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) and Research Triangle Institute (RTI). CFSO was invited to join in the establishment of the NFSA due to its community-wide representation. The CFSO has two volunteer spots to be appointed for the NFSA Board of Directors. You may have seen a presentation on the NFSA at the 2017 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting.

A group including CFSO representatives has been working for some time to develop a curriculum for three tiers of leadership training.  Tier 1 is supervisors, Tier 2 is managers, and Tier 3 is organizational leaders.  Each level has coursework and a capstone, and is intended as a certification program for forensic leaders.  The actual courses can be taught by any organization, college, etc. that meets the curriculum requirements set by the NFSA Board.  The board of this organization will steer it through the next period of preparing for accreditation and self-sustainability.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your AAFS CFSO representative, Ken Melson, at