The SWGIT membership consists of scientists, photographers, instructors, and managers from more than two dozen International, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as from the academic and research communities.
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There are approximately 50 active and associate members of SWGIT. The membership elects its officers from within. SWGIT is composed of the Executive Board and an Executive Committee, four standing subcommittees, and ad hoc subcommittees appointed on an as-needed basis. The standing subcommittees are: Image Analysis, Forensic Photography, Forensic Video, and Outreach.

Membership Process


Structure The Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT) was formed in 1997 and is funded by the FBI. SWGIT funding has restrictions on how meetings are planned and subsidized. These restrictions govern which participants travel related expenses are sponsored. SWGIT meetings are not training conferences or workshops. Meetings are designed to draw upon the expertise and experience of the members regarding technical issues facing the Criminal Justice System. These issues frequently span several meetings.

Selecting New Participants

In the event a need for guidance arising from the use of imaging technology is identified, SWGIT will recruit subject matter experts from within the criminal justice system, the related scientific community, and academia. Invitations to attend SWGIT meetings are transmitted to applicants and individuals who have been recommended by other SWGIT members.

Membership Applications

Individuals interested in becoming SWGIT members should submit an application to the Chairman at [email protected]. A curriculum vitae is required at the time of application. Individuals from the International community and private sector are not funded for travel by SWGIT. Membership applicants invited to attend a subsequent SWGIT meeting are not guaranteed membership.

Length of Membership

SWGIT requests a five-year commitment from its members. To retain membership, members are required to attend at least one of the two meetings per year. SWGIT meets each year for one week in January and June (Sunday night to Friday noon).

Currently, we accept both regular membership and associate membership.

  • Regular members are active, full-time personnel of an International, federal, state or local law enforcement agency.
  • Associate members include: educators, commercial representatives, contractors, and others not eligible for regular membership.
If you feel that you are able to make the time commitment to SWGIT, download the document below and return it along with a CV to [email protected] .

Membership Application