Montreal, QC, Canada (PRWEB) January 15, 2014
Forensic Technology is very proud to once again open nominations for the Calvin H. Goddard Award for Excellence in Firearm Identification. In its 13th year, this annual contest recognizes excellence in the area of firearm identification. The prize consists of a scholarship to attend AFTE’s (Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners) 2014 Training Seminar to be held in Seattle, Washington, May 11-16, 2014.
Open to submissions from all over the world, the Calvin H. Goddard Award is attributed to an individual or a group of individuals who has attained excellence through sustained superior performance, the exemplary handling of a firearm related case, the implementation of best practices, or by providing the field of firearm identification with an outstanding or unique contribution.
The event has been held since 2001, and previous winners of this competition include John G. Ward, Lucien Haag, and most recently, Sgt. Luke Laterza of the Newark Police Department. Sgt. Laterza won for allowing the Newark to reach 2000 NIBIN hits since 2004 and reduce their evidence backlog to zero.
The selection committee is comprised of two senior AFTE members, two Forensic Technology employees with extensive firearm identification experience, as well as the presiding recipient of the Calvin H. Goddard Award.
Submissions are being accepted until April 4th, 2014.
Forensic Technology is extremely proud of this event as it celebrates an area of law enforcement that is as vital as ever, given the proliferation of shootings and the increase in gun-related violence around the world.
For those involved in the field of forensic ballistics, the fact that this award is named after Major Calvin H. Goddard is significant, as Major Goddard is credited with founding the science of firearm identification.
For more detailed information on the Calvin H. Goddard Award including eligibility criteria, the scholarship, and the nomination process visit: http://www.goddardaward.com.
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