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Northeast Forensic Training Center

Northeast Forensic Training Center

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The Northeast Forensic Training Center (NFTC) is your regional training hub for cost effective, high quality, hands-on law enforcement training. NFTC'S original mission was to provide first responders with basic forensic training to effectively collect and preserve crime scene evidence. Since its inception in 2009, the NFTC has proudly served over 150 national and international agencies by providing them with scientifically based forensic training.

NFTC's mission has evolved to become the regional source of all law enforcement and training in the Mid-Atlantic region. The NFTC has expanded with the launch of new courses on computer forensics, criminal investigations, law enforcement seminars and administrative programs to meet core training needs of any law enforcement agency. We continuously work with law enforcement leaders to identify key programs that are critical to enhancing the effectiveness of these agencies and develop new programs on demand or contracted with industry leading practitioners to meet those needs.

In 2015, the Center obtained approval by the PA Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) for Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEE). This commission is the governing body for certifying police officers and academies in the Commonwealth. We also are approved by the Pennsylvania Coroners' Education Board under the provisions of Act 22 of 1988, to offer continuing education credits for select courses.

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  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Bloodstain Pattern Documentation, Preservation and Collection
  • DNA collection and Identification
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Drug Identification and Collection
  • Human Remains Identification
  • Evidence Collection


  • Interview & Interrogation
  • Death Investigation
  • Social Media Investigation
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Latent Print Processing
  • Electronic Resources
  • Police Symbology
  • Crime Scene Investigation


  • Police Background Operations
  • Firearms, Taser & Physical Techniques (Defensive Techniques)
  • Spanish for Law Enforcement
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Courtroom Testimony

NFTC also Hosts Outside Agencies

  • Forensic Pieces
  • Institute for Law Enforcement Education
  • Symbol Intelligence Group
  • Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc.

The Facility

Our facility located at the Fowler Family Southside Center in Bethlehem includes:

  • Classroom: 1216 sq. ft.
    • Lab: 609 sq. ft.
    • Classroom 570 sq. ft.
  • Computer lab: 420 sq. ft.
  • Scenario apartment: 865 sq. ft.
  • Wet room (for bloodstain pattern): 210 sq. ft.

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Visiting from outside the Area?

The NFTC is conveniently located near the site of the massive Bethlehem Steel Plant redevelopment project. The project has brought the Sands Casino Resort with outlets, events, and lodging accommodations all within walking distance from the NFTC. The project has also brought Steel Stacks that has been a site for movie productions, such as Transformers Revenge of The Fallen, and the Arts Quest Center with its Levitt Pavilion hosting 50 free community concerts per year. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Also, Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom and Coca Cola Park are conveniently located within a short driving distance.

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