What did they do?

November 11, 2015 – Veterans Day

He asked me why we pay the hospital bills of veterans.  Why do they get retirement pay, tax-free groceries on bases, and medical care?  What did they do to deserve all that?

What did they do?  Let’s think about that for a moment.

Putting their fear aside, veterans left their families and journeyed into the unknown, taking up arms to defend and protect their country.  Some paid with their lives, while others paid with their bodies and minds.  Their families paid, too, with missed birthdays and anniversaries and a worry that never really went away.

For veterans who didn’t serve during wartime, their price was different and familiar at once.  Each time they were transferred, they gave up friends and homes and churches.  They, too, traveled to posts far from home where families could not follow.  And their families paid a price, too, as they spent months missing their loved one.

For current servicemen and servicewomen, their uniforms have become targets for the lunatics seeking to harm the USA.  Veterans have had to remove their military bumper stickers from their cars to prevent being marked by terrorists.

So what did they do, other than put their lives on the line to protect us and keep us free?

Frankly, I think that is enough, and their benefits are small thanks for all they gave.

We at Tri-Tech Forensics offer our deepest thanks to all veterans and their families.  We owe you more than we can pay.  May you enjoy the peace you provide for all Americans.



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New IAI Training Partner Announced

By Philip Sanfilippo, 2010-2011 IAI President

The International Association for Identification (IAI) officially announced Tri-Tech Forensics as its new training partner, effective October 1st, 2015, during the annual IAI Centennial Conference.  The IAI’s training partnership began in 2004 as a way for the organization to ensure that high quality training would be available for its members and to generate additional funding to support the growth of the Association’s operations.  Tri-Tech Forensics will be taking over a partnership that has been held by Ron Smith and Associates since the inception of the program.

Phil CroppedWhen compared to other forensic firms, Tri-Tech Forensics might appear as a newcomer on the surface. In reality, the company has been in business for over 30 years.  Tri-Tech Forensics, originally the premier supplier of evidence collection kits, has expanded its inventory to include a broad range of crime scene investigations products over the past decade.  The expansion of the business brought forth the opportunity to create a training division.  I joined the company as the new Training Director, and the Tri-Tech Forensics Training Division was born.

Since that time, the Training Division has strived to add courses and instructors that would offer members of the IAI exceptional education to develop useful skills that could be used to attain and retain various IAI certifications.

Tri-Tech Forensics Training is available in various subjects such as: fingerprint identification, crime scene investigations, forensic photography, bloodstain pattern analysis, forensic anthropology, and footwear and tire track identification.  Tri-Tech also supports the IAI certification process by offering preparatory courses for the Crime Scene, Forensic Photography, and Latent Print Certification exams.  Our company plans to expand these offerings to include forensic art, forensic video analysis, and digital evidence.  Tri-Tech also offers custom designed courses to meet an agency’s specific needs.

Tri-Tech Forensics is located in Southport, NC, and the Training Division is located in South Florida.  Training programs, however, are available to be hosted anywhere in United States.  Tri-Tech Forensics has presented training in destination cities around the country and offers generous support for agencies interested in hosting.  Local training can save an agency thousands of dollars, promote networking in an agency’s area, and provide economic support to the IAI.

To learn more about Tri-Tech Forensics Training Division, visit  The website lists upcoming courses, course catalog descriptions, and all Tri-Tech Training instructors.  Online registration is also available for students as are other useful articles on forensic science.  I am also available to answer any questions or provide information on training courses and opportunities to host training at

Tri-Tech Forensics Training looks forward to continuing to support IAI members with exceptional forensic education.

Philip Sanfilippo
Training Director
Tri-Tech Forensics Training Division
(800) 438-7884 ext. 7800

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Download Your Skeleton Poster Now!

By popular request, we are offering a free download of our Beer n’ Pretzel Skeleton poster!

Choose from an 11 x 17 hi-rez pdf or a small lo-rez jpg.  You can also set your printer to “fit” the page for smaller paper.

Beer N Pretzel Skeleton Poster-hi-rez
(approx. 27 MB)

Beer N’ Pretzel Skeleton Poster-Lo Rez
(approx. 4 MB)


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New Courses Added!

Don’t miss the new courses just added to our fall lineup!

Crime Scene Investigations is designed for both beginning and advanced technicians and investigators, providing lots of hands-on activities, including mock crime scenes and various workshops. Four experienced instructors lead the course, offering their knowledge on locating and processing evidence, documenting the crime scene, setting priorities, footwear processing, forensic photography, and processing latent prints.

Crime Scene and Critical Incident Videography is a 20-hour course for CSIs and technicians, providing intensive hands-on training in the use of their chosen video recording device. From professional video techniques to technical operation and lighting, the student will learn how to make the most of videography and be able to use their video as evidence or release it to the media.

Additional courses are also available in August, October, November, and December. Sign up now before all of the seats are full!

Visit for more information.

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4N6FLOQSWABS™ Rapidly Absorb Minute Samples

If you haven’t tried FLOQSwabs™ yet, you will want to test this unique design for yourself.  FLOQSwabs™ are comprised of a solid molded plastic applicator shaft with a tip that can vary in size and shape, from regular to scalpel to buccal lollipop and more.  4N6-FLOQSWABS-TIPThe tip of the applicator is coated with short Nylon® fibers that are arranged in a perpendicular fashion. This perpendicular arrangement results from a process called flocking, where the fibers are sprayed onto the tip of the swab, while it is held in an electrostatic field. This process creates a highly absorbent thin layer with an open structure.

Unlike traditional fiber wound swabs, which resemble a mattress or cushion, FLOQSwabs™ have no internal absorbent core to disperse and entrap the specimen– the entire sample stays close to the surface for fast and complete elution. The perpendicular Nylon® fibers act like a soft brush which facilitates improved collection of cellular material. Capillary action between the fiber strands facilitates strong hydraulic uptake of liquid sample, and the sample stays close to the surface allowing easy elution.

FLOQSwabs™ are versatile and ideal for forensic applications.

  • Ergonomic and Anatomic Design: For improved efficiency in specimen collection
  • Rapid Automatic Elution: Instant and spontaneous release into liquid media
  • Improved Sample Collection: Velvet brush-like texture rapidly and efficiently dislodges cells and collects liquid by capillarity

CLICK HERE to go to the product page to see all 17 FLOQSWAB and CRIME SCENE FLOQSWAB varieties.


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Remembering the Fallen

Once a year, we take a break from our routines to remember those men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.  We do this in various ways, from placing flags on the graves of the fallen to attending Memorial Day ceremonies to stopping for a minute to remember those we cannot thank in person.

It is good that we do this, for we owe an enormous debt to them.  Because of their sacrifice, we live in freedom, with the right to speak our minds or attend the church of our choice.  We are able to vote in peaceful elections.  We are free not to thank them, which is why we should.

At 3:00 today, we are asked to take a minute to remember.  Trains will blow their whistles, NASCAR events and Major League Baseball games will pause, bugles across America will play.  Our country will come together as one, to remember, especially now when events seem to be trying to tear us apart, that men and women gave their lives for the United States of America.  Not for a piece of land or a particular political party, but for a nation and her people, for you and for me, for the great ideals on which our country was founded – to ensure these ideals will remain.

We at Tri-Tech Forensics remember with grateful hearts.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery



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Buried Body & Surface Skeleton Workshop

It’s not too late to sign up for next week’s Buried Body and Surface Skeleton Workshop taught by Jan Johnson, SCSA, in beautiful Coral Springs, Florida!  This hands-on, week-long workshop features mock crime scenes as well as an in-depth look at a wide variety of topics.  These include:

  • Bone Identification and Labeling
  • Crime Scene Planning and Management
  • Detection, Excavation, Collection, and Proper Preservation of Remains and Evidence
  • Victim Identification: Race, Stature, Age, Sex
  • Time of Death Estimation and Cause of Death Determination
  • Crime Scene Photography, Note Taking, and Report Writing
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Underwater Remains
  • Excavation Tools, Metal Detectors and Water Screens

This course will provide the student with the skills needed to reconstruct a buried body or surface skeleton scene. Mock scenes for this course were designed to assist the student in the importance of scene documentation and to obtain the maximum amount of accurate information to reconstruct such a crime scene. Both surface skeleton cases and more complex buried body cases will be covered in the course. Attendees will be assigned to a crime scene response team, and each team will be responsible for the investigation of a mock crime scene and the presentation of their findings on the final day of class. The teams will be graded on the amount of physical evidence that they recover from their scenes.

Upon successful completion, the attendees will have a working knowledge of the techniques required to investigate a scene where a surface skeleton and/or a buried body is present. This includes protocols, potential physical evidence awareness, equipment needs, bone identification and inventory, preservation of human remains procedures, search and documentation techniques, and courtroom case presentation experience.

To register, click here to go to

Jan Johnson on site at a workshop.


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Brand New for You!


Training Course in Florida


We are scheduling new courses all of the time, so be sure to stop by our training website,, to take a look at the new course availabilities. In addition to new instructors Hillary Daluz, Andy Khem, Alice Maceo, and Heidi Nichols, we’ve added many new courses that are available either at your facility or that may already be scheduled. We’ll be holding our first Fingerprint Science Extravaganza in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a couple of weeks, and there are quite a few courses available in our Florida locations. Interested in learning more? Contact Director Phil Sanfilippo at 910.457.6600 x 7800 or email him at We can even create a course specifically to meet your department’s needs!



SRN Barrier SystemWe’ve added the SRN Barrier Systems, providing privacy and preventing rubbernecking at crime scenes and accidents. Available in affordable combinations, there is an SRN Barrier System for every department. The systems are made from heavy duty steel and nylon, providing strength and wind resistance. Also available are beacons, weights, rolling bags, and additional tethers and stakes. (The system pictured, right, is our SRN-222000, the Double Barrier System.)


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Are you ready for terrorists in your community?

The recent terrorist attacks in France have Americans questioning whether or not a similar event could happen in their city.  Are we prepared for the new terrorists?  Would you know it if you saw jihadist symbols in your community?  What does the pile of bones left at a local park mean?  How about that unusual tattoo seen on a suspect?

Pentagon after the Sept 11th attack.

The Pentagon after the September 11th attacks.

In-Depth Investigation of the Signs, Rituals, & Symbols
of Al Qaeda, ISIS/ISIL, Narco Cults, Drug Cartels, More

TRITECHFORENSICS Training Division has joined forces with the Symbol Intelligence Group to provide the most up-to-date terrorism training available today. This course will provide information that law enforcement professionals can use to identify potential areas of concern within their respective jurisdictions by teaching students how to identify clues of extremism and radicalization.

Attendees will be provided with a knowledge base of violent extremist groups’ practices and modis operandi in order to facilitate more effective investigations and intervention.  Topics to be studied have been “ripped from the headlines” and are being seen throughout the world.  Comprehensive training includes symbols, flags, sacred objects, tattoos, case studies, and insight into the phenomenon of beheadings throughout terrorist groups.

For additional information, to download a course flyer, or to register for this seminar, please click here to visit our training website.

Dawn-PerlmutterDr. Dawn Perlmutter is considered one of the leading subject matter experts (SME) in the areas of symbols, symbolic methodologies, unfamiliar customs, and ritualistic crimes. In her SME capacity, she routinely provides law enforcement investigators, defense, and intelligence agencies with specialized information to assist in operations, investigation, and analysis. She has advised police departments and prosecutors offices on numerous cases of ritual homicide and presented expert witness testimony on ritualistic crimes.

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Wrapping It Up, Part 3

Helping you locate more evidence at your crime scene  is important to us.  Wrapping It Up, Part 3 shines a light on two products making it possible to see what isn’t initially seen.

Be sure to read to the end to see our last special of the year!


Kaleidoscope Trajectory Kits Reveal Bullet and Blood Stain Patterns    Fusion

Developed by Dr. Laura Pettler along with other significant contributors, the Kaleidoscope System focuses on the analysis and evaluation of bullet trajectories and bloodstain evidence along with other key pieces of physical evidence.  The innovative system allows investigators to objectively evaluate the totality of the circumstances as a whole using one system.

There are six kits in the Kaleidoscope System: three Bullet Trajectory Reconstructions Kits (Spartan, Fusion, and Clarion), two Bloodstain Impact Pattern Reconstruction Kits (Motif and Verve), and one Crime Scene Reconstruction Kit (Mosaic), as well as several dowel upgrade options.   For additional information on each of these kits along with a table of components, click here.


FoxFury Light Sources Provide Better Lighting ExperienceFF-MF-1000-SERIES-ALL

The MF-1000 Series of light sources from FoxFury were designed to meet specific needs anywhere a light source is required.  Available in Tac-Fire (White), Blue, Cyan, Green, Infrared, and All-in-One, the MF-1000 Light Sources’ power and portability enables each one to perform faster, more effective searches at greater distances compared to most LED forensic light sources.

Multi-wavelength LEDs are ideal for lab and field use, where this powerful light source can aid in searches up to 10 ft (3 m) away.   The MF-1000 cord-free alternate light source is accurate to ± 3nm, has an anti-roll head, and can be used underwater.   Highly durable, the FoxFury MF-1000 Lights provide an advanced lighting tool for all investigators.  To see these lights, click here.


Last Give-Away of the Year!


To show our appreciation to our valued customers, place any order between December 18th and January 2nd, and you will be entered to win a $100 VISA Gift Card!*

Happy Holidays!

* One entry per customer.  

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