In June of 1972, the Crime Laboratory was established through the directive issued by National Police Commission Chairman CRISPIN M DE CASTRO.
Training courses in various fields of Forensic Science were offered to students and would-be investigators of the Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police.
On August 1975, pursuant to Presidential Decree 765 and the Headquarters PC/INP Staff Memorandum Number 20 dated 08 June 1976, personnel of the Crime Laboratory of the Academic Division of the Integrated National Police Academy were placed under the responsibility of the Integrated National Police Training Center.
On October 1991, the Crime Laboratory was transferred to Camp Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite pursuant to RA 6975. On 01 October 1993, it was revitalized and served as a Training Division of the National Police College. On 03 November of the following year, DILG Circular Nr 93-28 signed by SECRETARY RAFAEL M ALUNAN III caused the activation and transfer of the Educational and Training Center under the control and supervision of the Philippine Public Safety College.
DIRECTOR EUGENIO C. CRUZ, JR. became the third Director and first civilian head of NCRTI during the transition years from 1994 to 1998. POLICE SUPERINTENDENT TEODORO S CRUZ took command for seven months in 1999. And POLICE SUPERINTENDENT ANDRES Z AGSALDA held the post for four months between 1999, and 2000. During the incumbency of Dr. Ernesto B. Gimenez, MD., s president PPSC.
On 2 July 2001, ATTY. RAMSEY LAPUZ OCAMPO assumed office as President of the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC). During his incumbency, the following Police Commissioned Officers were designated NCRTI Directors, namely: PCINSP REDENCION CAIMBON (2000-2001); PCINSP ANGELITO TORRES (2001-2002); and PSSUPT MARLENE M SALANGAD Ph.D., the current Director.
PSSUPT MARLENE M SALANGAD Ph.D., the incumbent director, made the great leap of NCRTI to its present state as premier institution of PPSC in Crime Investigation and Scientific Crime Detection possible. Her leadership, skill and experience in the field of forensic science were clearly manifested in the emergence of the PPSC-NCRTI Crime Scene Plaza - considered as the outdoor laboratory for the investigative training of public safety personnel from the Philippine National Police; Bureau of Fire Protection; and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. The implementation of the directive to produce proficient crime investigators in the country issued by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo gave birth to the Public Safety Crime Investigation and Detection Course, It also led to the improvement of the NCRTI facilities, particularly the offices and laboratories as well as the acquisition of sophisticated equipment. The Forensic Science Department and the Crime Scene Plaza of the Philippine National Police Academy in Camp Gen. Mariano N. Castañeda, Silang Cavite, another constituent unit of PPSC, were also developed.
It was also during this year when NFSTI was given a big break. The Institute was given the chance by no less than Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to prove its worth when it was mandated to conduct the Crime Investigation and Detection Course, more popularly known as CRIDEC.
Innovations were introduced to the Curriculum. The programs of instruction for the three (3) courses were revised and the latest trends and techniques in scientific investigation were part of the curriculum to pave the way for a well rounded, highly competent and proficient crime investigators. There was no stopping NFSTI, as the focus of development expanded to facilities and equipment, faculty corps, and leadership and management. The in-house capability of the institute particularly in the aspect of Scientific Investigation has also been developed while logistical requirements of the students have been met.
For now, a high standard of training has been set for the CRIDEC Course to ensure quality for the students and to contribute to the success of criminal prosecution in the country. With the untiring support of the leadership of PPSC President Dr. Margarita R. Cojuangco, MNSA, NFSTI will soon be at the forefront for the public safety services.
To institutionalize world-class investigative and scientific training programs geared towards developing service-oriented public safety officers who are committed to ensure the successful prosecution of criminal cases through scientific investigation.
The National Forensic Science Training Institute (NFSTI) is among the six constituent institutes of the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC). It is collocated with PPSC in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Metro Manila.
NFSTI has been tasked by the PPSC Leadership to conduct specialized investigation courses with the end in view of producing highly competent crime, narcotics and traffic investigators for Year 2002.
Public Safety Traffic Investigation Course (PSTIC)
Designed to provide students with proficiency in traffic investigation and enhance the students in responding to critical and challenging traffic problems in the country and be knowledgeable of the procedures and technical aspects of the traffic rules and regulations.
Public Safety Investigation and Detection Course (PSIDC)
Designed to provide students with proficiency in crime investigation and detection crafted to keep the graduates of the course abreast with the most recent techniques in crime solution.
Public Safety Narcotics Investigation Course (PSNIC)
Designed to train and develop skilled investigators to respond to the challenging problems that beset society on the drug menace both in the local and international community qualifying them as certified narcotics investigators.