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Sometimes referred to as forensic ballistics,
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AFTE NEWS          [News Archives]
 

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014  **IMPORTANT**

There are still rooms left at the Westin for the $152/night except Thursday. If you are required to get that rate, we have secured a few rooms at the Sheraton for $152+taxes (the prevailing gov rate). The Sheraton is three blocks from the Westin.  To block your rooms contact the Sheraton at 1 (888)  627-7056 and ask for the Association of Firearm Tool mark Examiners (AFTE) room block.  If you rather stay at the Westin for Thursday there are still rooms available at the $189+taxes rate.  These can be booked by clicking here https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/AFTE2

 

NFEA 2014-2015  **UPDATED**

The application period for admission to the 2014-2015 session of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Firearms Examiner Academy (NFEA) is open to all qualified candidates.  It is important to note that in addition to personal qualifications, trainees must be assigned to an established firearms section within the State and local agency laboratory.  Agencies must also have an experienced firearm and toolmark examiner on staff to mentor and continue training upon completion of the NFEA.

More information can be found here.

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The March 2014 issue of the AFTE News has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014

Shuttle Express is offering a discounted rate of $25 per person round trip aboard their Downtown Airporter if booked three weeks in advance of the conference (April 21st), after which the rate will increase to $31. Note that the retail rate on this service is $36. The Downtown Airporter services 8 major downtown hotels, including the Westin.

Click here to access your portal.  You can also receive a discount by calling 425.981.7000 and referring to the conference.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

 

 

NFEA 2014-2015

The application period for admission to the 2014-2015 session of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Firearms Examiner Academy (NFEA) is open to all qualified candidates.  It is important to note that in addition to personal qualifications, trainees must be assigned to an established firearms section within the State and local agency laboratory.  Agencies must also have an experienced firearm and toolmark examiner on staff to mentor and continue training upon completion of the NFEA.

More information can be found here.


Friday, March 7, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014

Greetings AFTE Seattle attendees:

Our technical program is filling fast so please submit your abstract to us as soon as you can.   Priority will be given to practical applications and empirical testing of our science related to interesting cases. New activities (beer tour, etc) will also be available soon on the registration site, so remember to check it periodically for updates and new workshops.

Don’t forget about the Argosy dinner cruise around Puget Sound on Tuesday night. Spots are still open. 

The AFTE 2014 Facebook page is updated regularly with interesting facts and other stuff.  If you have any questions regarding activities, the hotel, or general concierge type things, email Carol at social.afte2014@gmail.com


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The main webpage for the AFTE Certification Program has been updated with important information.  All interested parties should read this before applying for certification.  It can be viewed here.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014

We have added a Contemporary Issues in Firearms Identification Workshop on Sunday, May 11th.  Click here for more information.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014

The Seattle Mariners will be playing the Kansas City Royals the week of AFTE 2014.  Click here for more information.

 

We have added a Sub-Class Workshop on Sunday, May 11th.  Click here for more information.

 

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Winter 2014 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Friday, January 31, 2014

 

 

AFTE 2014

The block of rooms reserved for AFTE is filling up fast at the Westin, and we would like to get a good idea of how many more rooms we need to add to the room block.  This will allow us to ensure that we can get all the rooms at the special group rate, and therefore save you some money.  Please visit the AFTE Forum and respond to the post/poll by Caleb Conn, so we can make certain that we book enough rooms for everyone. 

 

In addition, we are having a hard time processing American Express payments for registration.  From this point on we will only be accepting VISA, MasterCard and Discover.

 

Friday, January 31, 2014

 

**AFTE Members Only**

 

After thorough review and revision by the AFTE Standardization and Training Committee and review by the Board of Directors, the AFTE Glossary 6th Edition is now available online.  An additional update to include links for related terms within the document will follow at a future date.  Click here to download the 6th Edition of the AFTE Glossary.

 

Friday, January 10, 2014

 

The 2014 open season dates for taking the online written examinations for AFTE Certification have been set.  They are as follows:

The application due date for each season is also listed, but remember, you can apply for test dates beyond the immediate open season.

Test Dates March 10-21, Application Due by COB Friday, February 28, 2014

Test Dates June 2-13, Application Due by COB Friday, May 23, 2014

Test Dates Aug 11-22, Application Due by COB Friday, August 1, 2014

Test Dates November 10-21, Application Due by COB Friday, October 31, 2014

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Fall 2013 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

 

AFTE 2014

Please Note: The Westin room rates for the 2014 AFTE Training Conference in Seattle have increased to $152 (+tax) due to an increase in the Government per diem rates as of October 1, 2013.

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The final AFTE Certification On-Line Written Test open season for 2013 (Oct. 21 - Nov. 1) is soon coming and the application due date for it is COB Friday, October 11, 2013.

Please include the contact information for your proctor with your application.

The testing dates and application due dates for 2014 will be posted at a later time.

Send your applications to:

Eric R. Collins
Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
Forensic Services Division
2530 Arnold Drive, Suite 200
Martinez, CA 94553
Email: aftecertification@afte.org

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The September 2013 issue of the AFTE News has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

Summary pages of the AFTE 2013 Training Seminar have been posted.  Click here to see all the pictures.

 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Board of Directors has determined that due to the conversion of the Journal to an electronic format, the excess of back issues of the journal hardcopies can be liquidated.  These will be made available to members only at the price of $5 per journal.   This is an excellent opportunity to replace missing journals or acquire journals in order to supplement an existing library.  Click on the fire sale logo for more information….

 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The next AFTE Certification On-Line Written Test open season (Aug. 19-30) is soon coming and the application due date for it is COB August 9, 2013.

The testing and application due dates for the last remaining season in 2013 are:

Test Dates October 21–Nov 1, Apps Due Oct 11

Remember, you can apply for test dates beyond the immediate open season.  Please include the contact information for your proctor with your application.  Be aware that the Chair of the Certification Committee has recently changed.  Send your applications to:

Eric R. Collins
Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
Forensic Services Division
2530 Arnold Drive, Suite 200
Martinez, CA 94553
Email: aftecertification@afte.org

 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Summer 2013 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Monday, July 1, 2013

The application period for admission to the 2013-2014 session of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Firearms Examiner Academy (NFEA)
is open to all qualified candidates.

The NFEA provides training for apprentice/entry level firearm and tool mark examiners from Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The Academy curriculum is
composed of the fundamentals of firearms & tool mark examinations and serves as a basis for the trainee, under supervision, to develop into a qualified firearm and tool mark
examiner. The application deadline for the 2013 - 2014 session of the NFEA is July 31, 2013. It is anticipated that the class will start in October 2013 however the training
schedule is dependent on the receipt of funding and may be adjusted accordingly.

Additional information and the application form can be found at:

http://atf.gov/training/firearms/law-enforcement-training.html

Questions can be directed to either:

Sheila Hopkins
NFEA Training Manager
202-648-6061
Sheila.Hopkins@atf.gov

or

Jodi Marsanopoli
NFEA Laboratory Coordinator
Firearms and Toolmark Examiner
202-648-6116
jodi.marsanopoli@atf.gov

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

While we are not having an organized Golf Tournament this year, a number of AFTE members have expressed interest in playing a round on Sunday.
If you are interested, contact Mark Shaw.

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

The cut-off date for reserving a room at the Hyatt at our contract rate is fast approaching.  In order to qualify for the rate, reservations must be made by May 31, 2013.
Click here to make your reservation.

 

We have a few spots left in our technical session.  Please try to submit your abstract by May 31, 2013 in order for it to be printed in the seminar program.
Click here to submit your abstract.

 

We are still looking for submissions for the Poster Session and Bring Your Own Slides.

 
  Bring Your Own Slides

  On Wednesday night, June 26th, a room will be set aside for those who wish to present, and those who wish to watch.

  Speakers are reminded that the following criteria are the main goals of Bring Your Own Slides:

Presentations should be BRIEF! (1 minute to 10 minutes)
Presentations should be INTERESTING or UNIQUE
Presentations should be HUMOROUS and / or ENTERTAINING, or may be about UNRESOLVEDinvestigations about which you would like some input.
Presentations  should be relevant to and related to FORENSIC FIREARMS

The purpose of BYOS's is to provide an informal environment for rapid discussions of topics.
Bring your favorite beverage and a snack.  Presenters may email ahead of time to reserve a spot, or you can walk in with a thumb drive of images.
The moderator will be Michael Haag. If you have interest, please email me your general topic and an approximate amount of time you think you may need.

Poster Session

For anyone who is not interested in presenting a full paper at the AFTE conference should consider giving a poster presentation!

Interested parties should email me with their presentation.


Fri
day, May 17, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

The Science Behind Firearm Individualization workshop is now full.  Click here if you would like to be put on the waitlist.


Tues
day, May 14, 2013

 

The next AFTE Certification On-Line Written Test open season (June 3-14) is soon coming and the application due date for it is COB May 24.

The application due date for each remaining season is listed, but remember, you can apply for test dates beyond the immediate open season.

Test Dates June 3-14, Apps Due COB May 24

Test Dates Aug 19-30, Apps Due COB Aug 9

Test Dates October 21–Nov 1, Apps Due Oct 11
 

Please include the contact information for your proctor with your application.


Monday, May 13, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

We have added the final workshop for the AFTE 2013 meeting.  Information can be found here.

  • Microscopy Database Workshop


Friday, May 10, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

This year, a few individuals will be at the conference representing Hearing Protection Services.  They will be available for molding your Custom Molded
Hearing Protection at the conference Monday thru Wednesday. We will also be available during the poster session Monday evening.  Click here for more
information regarding their company and what they have to offer.


Wednes
day, May 1, 2013

The Spring 2013 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

The April 2013 issue of the AFTE News has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

We have updated the information for both the Santa Fe Day Trip and the Friends & Family event on Thursday, June 27th to include changes regarding transportation to Santa Fe and different tour options.  Pease take the time to read over the information.

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

We have added the final workshop for the AFTE 2013 meeting.  Information can be found here.

  • The Science Behind Firearm Individualization

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

Announcing the return of "Bring Your Own (Powerpoint) Slides"

On Wednesday night, June 26th, a room will be set aside for those who wish to present, and those who wish to watch.


Speakers are reminded that the following criteria are the main goals of BRING YOUR OWN SLIDES:

Presentations should be BRIEF! (1 minute to 10 minutes)
Presentations should be INTERESTING or UNIQUE
Presentations should be HUMOROUS and / or ENTERTAINING, or may be about UNRESOLVEDinvestigations about which you would like some input.
Presentations  should be relevant to and related to FORENSIC FIREARMS

The purpose of BYOS's is to provide an informal environment for rapid discussions of topics.
Bring your favorite beverage and a snack.
Presenters may email ahead of time to reserve a spot, or you can walk in with a thumb drive of images.
The moderator will be Michael Haag. If you have interest, please email me your general topic and an approximate amount of time you think you may need.

Poster Session

For anyone who is not interested in presenting a full paper at the AFTE conference should consider giving a poster presentation!

Interested parties should email me with their presentation.

Workshop Updates

There is only one spot left in the Courtroom Testimony workshop.
There are only 2 sopts left in the Leica LAS Report workshop.

Get them before they are gone!!!

 

Friday, April 12, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

An announcement has been posted regarding the 5th Annual AFTE Gun Run.  Click here to view it.

 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

Announcing the addition of the following workshops:

  • Tour of Elysium Arms

The Courtroom Testimony workshop has 2 spots left.  Get one before they are gone!!

 

Monday, April 8, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

Just a quick reminder that Early Registration ends at midnight April 12, 2013.  Starting on Saturday, April 13, 2013 prices will increase!

 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

**IMPORTANT**

 

The AFTE Headstamp Guide is back online.  Due to heavy traffic it has been moved to the Member's Area of the website.  You will need your Member's Area username and password in order to access it from this point forward.

 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

Announcing the addition of the following workshops:

  • SWGGUN - Admissibility Training

The Wound Ballistics workshop is now full.  A link has been provided here for those interested in getting put on the waitlist.

 

The Courtroom Testimony workshop has 2 spots left.  Get one before they are gone!!

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

The 3D Laser Scanning workshop is now full.  A link has been provided here for those interested in getting put on the waitlist.

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

**IMPORTANT**

 

The AFTE Headstamp Guide is currently offline.  There have been some recurring issues with high traffic from outside of the US causing a high load on the server.  Please bear with us as we get this issue fixed.

 

Monday, March 18, 2013

The AFTE BOD has recently voted to provide members with the option to receive the AFTE Journal/AFTE News electronically as opposed to receiving the printed version. There will be no reduction in dues for those who choose the electronic version only.

To choose the electronic version, log into your Member's Area account and select "Download" for your delivery option.

Those selecting the electronic option will receive an email with a link to the uploaded Journal or Newsletter.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

Two new workshops have been added:

  • The IBIS Confirmation Station

  • Double Casting Firearm Evidence


Monday, March 4, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

A new workshop has been added:

  • Wound Ballistics for Firearm Examiners

A few of the workshops are getting close to being full.  Get your spot before they run out!

  • Barrel-Making...Only 1 spot left!

 

Friday, March 1, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

A new workshop has been added:

  • ASCLD/LAB Level 100 Measurement Confidence Course (Combined A, B & C)


Wednes
day, February 27, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

A new workshop has been added:

  • Hi-Point Familiarization/Armorer Course

Attention - Tom Deeb has again graciously agreed to cover the registration costs of up to 15 first time attendees.  More information can be found by clicking here.

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

A new workshop has been added:

  • Courtroom Testimony

A few of the workshops are getting close to being full.  Get your spot before they run out!

  • Sub-Class...Full     Click here to be put on the waitlist.

  • Ruger LCP...Full     Click here to be put on the waitlist.

  • Barrel-Making...9 spots left!

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

A couple new workshops have been added:

  • ATF Serial Number Restoration and Barcode Decryption

  • Image-Based Report Generation Using the Leica Application Suite (LAS)

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The application period for admission to the 2013-2014 session of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Firearms Examiner Academy (NFEA)
is open to all qualified candidates.

The NFEA provides training for apprentice/entry level firearm and tool mark examiners from Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The Academy curriculum is
composed of the fundamentals of firearms & tool mark examinations and serves as a basis for the trainee, under supervision, to develop into a qualified firearm and tool mark
examiner. The application deadline for the 2013 - 2014 session of the NFEA is July 31, 2013. It is anticipated that the class will start in October 2013 however the training
schedule is dependent on the receipt of funding and may be adjusted accordingly.

Additional information and the application form can be found at:

http://atf.gov/training/firearms/law-enforcement-training.html

Questions can be directed to either:

Sheila Hopkins
NFEA Training Manager
202-648-6061
Sheila.Hopkins@atf.gov

or

Jodi Marsanopoli
NFEA Laboratory Coordinator
Firearms and Toolmark Examiner
202-648-6116
jodi.marsanopoli@atf.gov
 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Members Only

 

Please click here to view a reminder to all AFTE members from the AFTE Secretary Wendy Gibson.

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Winter 2013 issue of the AFTE Journal has been posted on the website.  Click here to view it.

 

Monday, February 4, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

Registration is now open for the 2013 AFTE Annual Training Seminar!!


 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

 

The AFTE Certification Written Test On-Line open seasons have been scheduled.

The application due date for each season is also listed, but remember, you can apply for test dates beyond the immediate open season.

Test Dates March 4-15, Applications Due COB Feb 22

Test Dates June 3-14, Apps Due COB May 24

Test Dates Aug 19-30, Apps Due COB Aug 9

Test Dates October 21–Nov 1, Apps Due Oct 11
 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

Information regarding the AFTE 2013 Training Seminar has been updated to include:

 

Monday, January 28, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

Information regarding the AFTE 2013 Training Seminar has been updated to include:

 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

 

AFTE 2013

Information regarding the AFTE 2013 Training Seminar has been updated to include:

We will begin accepting submissions for the Technical Session as well as the Poster Session within the next week or so.

 

 

To view News Archives visit the Site News page.


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