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I’m pleased to announce an exciting new feature available through Forensic Magazine®. Starting this month, you’ll be able to access a selection of crime scene videos directly from Forensic Magazine’s web site (www.forensicmag.com). I created these videos to highlight a variety of crime scene processing techniques (see below for a brief description of each video).
By adding this section to the web site, we hope to give viewers more insight into crime scene processes and techniques. After all, written documentation is essential when you’re learning something new, but being able to see the video of a particular process and technique can really pull it all together.
Video demonstrations can also be a great tool to refine skills you already have. What I’ve found is that people tend to develop their own specific way of doing something and then stick with that method because it works pretty well. But what I’ve also found is if you watch someone else do the same task, you’re likely to discover something that makes the task much easier.
So to make this new service even more valuable for everyone, I’d like your input. I invite you to contribute your own video demonstrations to be considered for the Forensic Magazine web site. By sharing your videos, you’ll help other crime scene investigators and officers do their jobs better.
To create your video, use a digital camera and tripod. If you’ve never created this type of video before, you may want to write out a script ahead of time. Keep the video to about 30-40 seconds and narrate the steps you’re performing as you go along. To submit your video for consideration, follow the instructions on the web site. Be sure to include a brief written description of the topic of the video. I look forward to discovering some new processing ideas that I can share with everyone.
Current Video Demonstrations
- AccuTrans White: how to lift a dusted fingerprint off a body or a live person with white AccuTrans
- DIFF-Lift Tape: tape designed to lift prints off textured surfaces (car dashboard, refrigerator, etc.)
- Feather Duster Application: how to use a feather brush with fluorescent powder to develop latent prints
- Light Bulb Remover: a high tech process to remove a light bulb without damaging latent prints using a toy dart
- Loading a Brush with Fingerprint Powder: how to properly load a brush with powder so you don’t get dirty
- Mikrosil: a casting technique for lifting prints off textured surfaces
- Polyethylene Tape: a tape used to lift latent prints off multi-contoured surfaces
- Processing a Car in 10 Minutes: how to use cotton as an applicator to process a vehicle
- Stun Gun: how to use a stun gun as an electrostatic dust lifter
You can also find these videos (along with others) on my web site http://www.csigizmos.com/video.html
Dick Warrington is in research and development and a crime scene consultant and training instructor for the Lynn Peavey Company. For the past several years, Dick has been teaching classes throughout the U.S. and Canada, trying to dispel some of those “you can’t do that” myths.