Announcements & News

August 2, 2016

Marshall partners with National White-Collar Crime Center to strengthen law enforcement community

The Marshall University Forensic Science Center is partnering with National White-Collar Crime (NW3C) to enhance capabilities for law enforcement in the U.S.

NW3C Director Glen Gainer said NW3C is pleased to collaborate with a respected university that is a premier leader in the field of digital forensics.

“Through this strategic partnership we will share resources to create innovative training programs, develop state-of-the-art forensic tools and conduct research to educate and assist the law enforcement community in digital crime investigations and forensics, which is essential in today’s technologically driven world,” Gainer said.

John Sammons, interim chair of the department of forensic science, said this partnership would allow students to work on a research project about extracting valuable forensic data from vehicles.

“We have worked with NC3W in the past and they have supported us by bringing some of their training classes here,” Sammons said. “This is a great opportunity for Marshall University, our students and our faculty. The ability to partner with the professionals at NW3C will afford our students the chance to work on meaningful research and projects that will benefit the law enforcement community across the country.”

Sammons noted the agreement speaks very highly of Marshall University’s reputation in the law enforcement community.

“Criminals and terrorists are embracing and using technology in new and innovative ways,” Sammons said. “We’re honored and proud to assist the NW3C as they provide much-needed training to law enforcement officers across our nation.”

To learn more about the NW3C, visit For more information on Marshall’s Forensic Science Center and its digital forensic science program, e-mail or visit

Photo: Training provided by the National White-Collar Crime Center (NW3C) will allow Marshall University students to conduct research about extracting valuable data from vehicles. Celia Whelan, of Bardstown, Kentucky, is shown using vehicle forensics to get user data from a Toyota Highlander. Whelan is a graduate student in the Forensic Science program and will graduate in May 2017.