FDLE Scientist Nanette Rudolph Receives Goddard Award for Firearms Identification

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Crime Laboratory Analyst Supervisor (CLAS) Nanette Rudolph was honored May 6 with the prestigious Calvin H. Goddard Award. The award is presented annually at the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners conference to outstanding practitioners in firearms examination.

CLAS Rudolph received the Calvin H. Goddard Award for her key role in implementing the WeWin (Weekly Walk-in-NIBIN) program. The WeWin program is a joint initiative developed by FDLE, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation that allows Central Florida investigators to submit evidence from violent crimes involving firearms over the previous week to be entered and correlated the same day. By streamlining evidence submissions and processing, investigators are able to receive results within 24 hours, allowing them to more quickly follow-up on leads and solve crimes.

CLAS Rudolph supervises the FDLE Orlando Regional Operations Center’s Firearms Section. This section performs examinations which include the identification or elimination of bullets, cartridge cases, and shot shells; the identification or elimination of tool marks with a suspected tool; distance determinations from the examination of clothing or tissue; restoration of obliterated serial numbers; and imaging of cartridge cases to be compared to the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN).

CLAS Rudolph joined FDLE in 1981 as a crime laboratory analyst in the chemistry section. She transferred to the firearms section in 1989. CLAS Rudolph graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in forensic science.

In 1999, ATF established the NIBIN database. The system stores and compares digital images of the markings on spent ammunition recovered from a crime scene or a crime gun test fire to those images from earlier NIBIN entries.

The Calvin H. Goddard Award is awarded to an individual or group that has demonstrated excellence in the area of firearms identification through sustained superior performance, exemplary handling of a case, the implementation of best practices, or in some other outstanding or unique contribution to the field of firearms identification. CLAS Rudolph was recognized with a plaque and $2,000 cash award at an Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners conference in Henderson, Nev.

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Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
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