The National Institute of Decontamination Specialists (NIDS), the nation's top training facility for specialty disinfection and decontamination, has announced that it just completed hosting the first Clandestine Laboratory Scene Assessment Proficiency Examinationfor Police Forensic Chemists.

The proficiency examination is designed to assess each participant's ability to make safe and proper decisions regarding the investigation, dismantling, and sampling of evidence through roll-playing in a realistic clandestine laboratory scene using real equipment and chemicals. This is the first program of its kind in the world to assess the general understanding of safety priorities, knowledge of good work flow practices, and proper evidence recognition for police forensic chemists working in this unique and specific field.

"To have police chemists come from as far away as New Zealand to this groundbreaking international event and say this is the most realistic challenge and comfortable venue they have experienced, further validates the design of our courses and our facility,” says NIDS director Kent Berg.

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