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Lifting Prints from Adhesive Surfaces

April 18, 2014 | by Dick Warrington | Comments

Prints found on the adhesive side of things like duct tape, masking tape, and mailing labels, can be developed and lifted, but it’s often quite difficult to do so. The key is to use a specially designed product, called an adhesive side powder, for the job.

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The Myth of Work and Life Balance

April 17, 2014 8:39 am | by Jon Gordon | Comments

No wonder a recent survey of North American employees found that 87 percent of respondents say their work/life balance is negatively affecting their health. If you’ve been killing yourself trying to achieve daily work/life balance, it may be a pipe dream.

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Today's CSO

April 16, 2014 8:15 am | by Dick Warrington | Comments

When I started working as a CSO in the ’70s, we’d go into a crime scene, take some photos, dust for prints, and bag the obvious evidence. Nowadays, CSOs have to do more. Changes in science and technology mean more tools for crime scene investigation. To take advantage of these advances, you have to be knowledgeable about the latest developments and about the capabilities of experts; you also need the right equipment.

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Hazard Recognition, Evaluation and Control

April 15, 2014 8:36 am | Comments

This element is key to any health and safety program. When asked, most people on the street would say is this is what a safety program is all about.                             

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Effective Delegation

April 10, 2014 8:24 am | Comments

There you are: too much to do, deadline looming, shorthanded, struggling to just keep your head above water…and now the boss wants you to take on a whole new project. It’s going to take lots of time, more time than you have. What to do? Delegate!

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Processing the Touch DNA Crime Scene

April 4, 2014 8:49 am | by Joe Minor | Comments

Contamination is the unintentional introduction of outside DNA into a crime scene or laboratory sample. Contaminant DNA may appear as background DNA, the major or minor profile within a mixture, a single source DNA profile, or all of the above. Here are some common rules to help minimize contamination.

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Documenting Bloodstain Patterns

April 4, 2014 7:42 am | by Kimberly Rumrill | Comments

Since not all of the facts of a case are available when the first crime scene analysts arrive, it is extremely important to document the scene in such a way that when questions come up later (and the scene has been released) that investigators and bloodstain pattern experts can view the notes and photographs and obtain the information they need.

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Zen and the Art of Managing

April 3, 2014 8:44 am | by Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D. | Comments

The goal in the classical Japanese Zen arts is to achieve mastery through spiritual practice. In recent years, many attempts have been made to bring this kind of Zen thinking to the West.                 

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Mentoring: A Key to Retaining Employees

March 27, 2014 8:56 am | by Martin Seidenfeld | Comments

Retaining good employees is an ongoing issue for managers, even during this period of high unemployment. In fact, it is the best employees, the ones that you really want to keep, that are most likely to leave.           

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Crime Scene Measuring Tools

March 26, 2014 9:07 am | by Kent E. Boots | FactualDiagrams.com | Comments

I often ask my students which device is more accurate, a Rolatape, a steel tape, a handheld electronic measuring device, a total station, or a laser scanner. Ultimately that is a trick question. It is not that one device is more accurate than another. They all have the potential to measure accurately. This article is going to discuss a review of the various measuring tools used when “hand” measuring a scene.

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A New Hazard Communication Standard

March 25, 2014 8:28 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

The goal of the revised Haz Comm, as it is affectionately known, is to better protect workers from hazardous chemicals. According to Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, "Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard will improve the quality, consistency, and clarity of hazard information that workers receive, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive in the global marketplace.

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Evidence Collection in a Traffic Investigation

March 21, 2014 8:29 am | by Dick Warrington | Comments

As with any case you work, finding and collecting evidence in a traffic investigation is essential. Always document where you find evidence, and photograph it before removing it. The most important source of evidence is usually the vehicle involved. 

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Who Decides?

March 20, 2014 8:29 am | by Martin Seidenfeld | Comments

Your boss has landed you with a new project for your unit. It’s going to be involved and time consuming and take the very best you and your crew can give.You know that several different approaches are possible. How do you decide which is the best way to go? How much will you involve your employees in making decisions?

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Investigator Turns Social Media Eyewitness

March 14, 2014 8:57 am | by Benjamin Wright | Comments

In today’s world of social media, investigators are taking on a new role; they are becoming a form of eyewitness. As the eyewitness, an investigator observes evidence that might not be visible to any other available investigator.      

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Why Feedback is Your Key to Winning

March 10, 2014 4:55 pm | by Barry Banther | Comments

Why don’t more of us go out of our way to encourage quick and candid feedback? Our first response to this question is typically focused on our team. But the best trusted advisors will tell you that it’s not the leader’s associates but rather the leader’s perspective that is the problem.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

March 10, 2014 4:30 pm | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Many times forensic investigators must work in inherently noisy areas. Excessive noise can result from the traffic or surroundings where equipment is in use. Examples might include industrial settings or high traffic locations. Exposure to loud noise can result in loss of hearing.

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