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Why Employees Quit: Frustration about Co-workers

November 20, 2014 | by Helen Kelly | Comments

When someone says I don’t like my job, there’s little hope of retaining that employee, right? Not necessarily, there’s a fair chance that 1) I don’t like my job reflects feelings of discontent rather than a clear picture of dissatisfaction, and 2) a decision to leave would be premature.

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Far too often, people use a high compression setting, on digital cameras and flatbed scanners or in software used to make images smaller (in size), to either store more images on memory cards or to download or email images faster. Unfortunately, what many

Mitigating Artifacts of JPG Compression in Digital Images

November 12, 2014 8:07 am | by David “Ski” Witzke | Comments

Far too often, people use a high compression setting, on digital cameras and flatbed scanners or in software used to make images smaller (in size), to either store more images on memory cards or to download or email images faster. Unfortunately, what many people don’t realize is that JPG (also known as JPEG, short for "Joint Photographic Experts Group") compression discards real pixel values.

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The height of an individual can be determined by his/her footprint and shoeprint. The foot tends to be approximately 15 percent of the person’s average height. At times series of footprints are left at the scene of a crime forming a recognizable gait cycl

Gathering Gait Evidence

November 7, 2014 9:13 am | Comments

The height of an individual can be determined by his/her footprint and shoeprint. The foot tends to be approximately 15 percent of the person’s average height. At times series of footprints are left at the scene of a crime forming a recognizable gait cycle. The information gathered during examination of footprints and also on closed circuit television (CCTV) may be of value for forensic application.

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a manager? Being overburdened by the   responsibility of having to figure out what others want and need of you is a   familiar feeling shared among leaders. Fortunately, there is a “best   practice” for obtaining just the k

What Every Employee Wants in a Leader

November 4, 2014 8:37 am | by DeEtta Jones | Comments

Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a manager? Being overburdened by the responsibility of having to figure out what others want and need of you is a familiar feeling shared among leaders. Fortunately, there is a “best practice” for obtaining just the kind of information needed to increase your leadership effectiveness — ask them what they want. 

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The era of “Big Data” is already upon us and the continued exponential growth   of electronic devices and archival storage capacity will soon reach a crises   point regarding digital forensic analysis and investigations.

The Challenge of Finding Digital Evidence

October 31, 2014 8:49 am | Comments

The era of “Big Data” is already upon us and the continued exponential growth of electronic devices and archival storage capacity will soon reach a crises point regarding digital forensic analysis and investigations.         

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Morgue Design: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

October 29, 2014 8:52 am | by Susan Halla | Crime Lab Design | Comments

Over the years we have been invited in to see many morgues of various ages, designs, and with varying wear and tear. We have designed and observed the construction of several facilities and have been invited to tour other new facilities. There are many lessons to be learned in each of these facilities. Some of these are lessons on what to implement in your own facility, while many of these are examples of what not to emulate. 

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Just consider autoclaves as large specialized pressure cookers. Autoclaves use heat and pressure with water to create superheated steam. As such, they can pose significant hazards to un-trained or lackadaisical employees.

Recognizing Autoclave Hazards

October 28, 2014 8:48 am | Comments

Just consider autoclaves as large specialized pressure cookers. Autoclaves use heat and pressure with water to create superheated steam. As such, they can pose significant hazards to un-trained or lackadaisical employees.        

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In Track Evidence Photography Placement is Everything

October 23, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

To position a camera for impression evidence photography, place it on a tripod, position the focal plane parallel to the impression, and ensure the camera is at a sufficient distance from the impression to avoid using a wide angle. Wide angle views can create distortion around the edges of the photograph.

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10 Ways to Handle Your Mistakes

October 22, 2014 7:46 pm | Comments

The ways in which we handle our goof-ups, guffaws, screw-ups, bad decisions, miscalculations, and blunders are critical—our reputations are at stake. And as managers, we should role model the behaviors we seek in others. Here are 10 ideas on how to react to and recover from mistakes.  

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Breaking Good

October 21, 2014 7:30 pm | by Jenny Button | Chiron AS | Comments

In recent years we have seen the drug market flooded with new psychoactive substances, often misleadingly termed “legal highs.” The emergence of new compounds is growing year on year, leaving many working in this area floundering under the ingenuity of the market, and the speed at which it reacts.  

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Every CSI needs a good crime scene kit. Take the time to build your own kit. Yes, it will involve more effort on your part, but you’ll save a lot of money and end up with only the things you really need.

Make the Most of Your CSI Budget

October 17, 2014 8:25 am | Comments

Every CSI needs a good crime scene kit. Take the time to build your own kit. Yes, it will involve more effort on your part, but you’ll save a lot of money and end up with only the things you really need.             

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Develop a program for dating stored chemicals and for recertifying or discarding them after predetermined maximum periods of storage.

Life Expectancy of Chemicals Has Limits

October 16, 2014 11:46 am | Comments

Develop a program for dating stored chemicals and for recertifying or discarding them after predetermined maximum periods of storage.                                 

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It has now reached the point that it is no longer practical for an examiner to forensically analyze each and every piece of evidence. Depending upon the alleged crime, often the incriminating evidence can be found in an e-mail, a document, the browser his

Streamlining the Digital Forensic Workflow: Part 1

October 15, 2014 8:51 am | by John J. Barbara | Comments

It has now reached the point that it is no longer practical for an examiner to forensically analyze each and every piece of evidence. Depending upon the alleged crime, often the incriminating evidence can be found in an e-mail, a document, the browser history, an SMS, or some other source. This leads to the obvious conclusion that examiners are going to need a new approach to streamline their workflow.

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When patrol officers and/or first responders arrive at the scene, they should look for dust footprints by taking a flashlight and rolling it along the floor. If they simply shine it into the room from a standing position, they’re likely to miss the prints

Look for Dust Footprints

October 10, 2014 8:35 am | Comments

When patrol officers and/or first responders arrive at the scene, they should look for dust footprints by taking a flashlight and rolling it along the floor. If they simply shine it into the room from a standing position, they’re likely to miss the prints. When they find prints, they should mark them with plastic or disposable tent markers.  

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A manager’s procrastination tendency raises its ugly head, commonly, when planning for a new project. “Paralysis by analysis” becomes the mode of operation—or non operation. As a manager, your job is to get things done. Don't let procrastination keep you

Don't Put Off Avoiding Procrastination

October 6, 2014 4:38 pm | Comments

A manager’s procrastination tendency raises its ugly head, commonly, when planning for a new project. “Paralysis by analysis” becomes the mode of operation—or non operation. As a manager, your job is to get things done. Don't let procrastination keep you from getting there. If you think that procrastination is a problem for you, you have to deal with it.

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Before you step under the tape, stop and study the tracks going into and out of the crime scene. Compare tracks to the tread pattern of those at the scene, and take care not to damage any tracks on your way in.

Before You Enter a Crime Scene, Check for Tracks

October 3, 2014 8:43 am | Comments

Before you step under the tape, stop and study the tracks going into and out of the crime scene. Compare tracks to the tread pattern of those at the scene, and take care not to damage any tracks on your way in.           

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