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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2009

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $435,000 TO ODYSSEY RESEARCH ASSOCIATES FOR FORENSIC TRAINING PROGRAM IN ITHACA


Funds Will Support Cutting-Edge Forensic Training Development Program, Improved Technology and Instruction for Students and Scientists

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the National Institute of Justice awarded two grants totaling $435,249 to Odyssey Research Associates in Ithaca under the Forensic Science Training Development and Delivery Program. These funds will enable Odyssey Research to provide Peer-to-Peer Forensics Training courses and training in computer forensic tools to state and law enforcement agencies. 
 
“Criminals can no longer run and hide from DNA evidence,” Schumer said.   “Through these grants, Odyssey Research will continue to train our law enforcement personnel in this state-of-the-art technology.  I will continue to support programs like this that address the growing need for quality forensic science training.”   
 
The first grant to Odyssey Research Associates, totaling $218,404, will be used to deliver training in Mac OS X computer forensics, specifically the NIJ-funded Mac Marshal tool.  The second Department of Justice grant, totaling $216,845, will be used to deliver Peer-to-Peer Training course.  The training will focus on how to acquire and interpret evidence from several peer-to-peer clients. Trainees will conduct a manual forensic examination of various peer-to-peer systems and use an automated approach for conducting forensically-sound and more rapid cyber crime investigations.  Both of these grants will allow these trainings to be provided to state and local law enforcement agencies at no cost to the participants. 
 
Odyssey Research Associates in Ithaca is a subsidiary of the Architecture Technology Corporation.  Odyssey Research Associates has conducted advanced research and development in computer security and reliable systems, and has a growing research group in information management.  The company provides many different computer software suites that have allowed law enforcement personnel to investigate crimes through forensic science.
 
The Forensic Science Training and Development and Delivery Program is administered by the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice.  The National Institute of Justice is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and a component of the Office of Justice Programs. The National Institute of Justice provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to enhance the administration of justice and public safety
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