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Purpose, Vision and Mission

Introduction and Statement of Purpose

The collaboration between academic faculty interested in forensic science research and education, practicing forensic scientists in law enforcement agencies, scientists in well-equipped government laboratories and public-oriented corporate sponsors results in a synergistic environment that is mutually beneficial to the advancement of forensic science. Practicing forensic scientists provide many years of experience and expertise with real-world scientific challenges. The academic researchers provide a second arena for scientific validation that enhances the scientific defensibility of results in the courtroom and also provide student assistance to address research needs. Government laboratories provide access to additional state-of-the-art facilities and expertise.

This Institute evolved from a long successful criminalistics chemistry program in the FIU Chemistry department with dozens of FIU interns completing internships at the Metro-Dade Police Crime Lab and other forensic science laboratories. The institute currently administers an interdisciplinary FIU undergraduate level Forensic Science Certificate and the first SUS BOR approved M.S. in Forensic Science, an interdisciplinary graduate program with non-traditional course delivery available.

IFRI Vision

To be recognized as a premier academic and research program in forensic science.

IFRI Mission

To advance forensic science through world-class education, research and outreach.

This mission is accomplished by:

  • Educating and training forensic scientists
  • Providing training and certification for law enforcement and the legal community
  • Assisting faculty and students conduct impactful research
  • Facilitating interdisciplinary studies
  • Providing access to state of the art facilities for research and training
  • Providing technical expertise and services to law enforcement, the legal community and general public
  • Building local and worldwide partnerships including those in Latin America and the Caribbean

IFRI Statement of Values

  • To provide forensic science education, research, training and service of the highest quality
  • To have integrity and ethics in the performance of our professional duties
  • To assist all faculty, staff and students to attain their full potential
  • To create an environment that stimulates initiative, fosters creativity and promotes pride in our work product
  • To use our resources efficiently and effectively
  • To maintain a safe and healthy working environment
  • To foster a spirit of cooperation and caring for all affiliates of the institute