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Crime Scene Photography: Equipment

January 22, 2015 | by Dick Warrington | Comments

Before we look at the specifics of crime scene photography, let’s consider the equipment you’ll need. Keep in mind that you don’t need the most sophisticated and most expensive camera on the market. Every department has different equipment these days.

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Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. Conversely, delayed results can lead to suspects remaining free for extended periods of time, thereby allowing them to potentiall

Examining and Analyzing Large Crime Scene Data Sets

January 23, 2015 1:07 pm | Comments

Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. Conversely, delayed results can lead to suspects remaining free for extended periods of time, thereby allowing them to potentially commit other crimes.

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Footwear and tire track evidence can be essential to your case, but it’s often overlooked. In some cases, CSIs identify the evidence but assume they can’t do anything with it. Weather extremes and difficult surfaces can make casting very challenging, but

Casting: Essentials

January 21, 2015 10:56 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

Footwear and tire track evidence can be essential to your case, but it’s often overlooked. In some cases, CSIs identify the evidence but assume they can’t do anything with it. Weather extremes and difficult surfaces can make casting very challenging, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

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Revitalizing suggestions he made in his 2011, Obama wants to give private companies and government agencies the tools they need to combat cyber threats. The president hopes new cooperation between private sectors and government agencies will help keep Ame

Obama on Cybersecurity

January 20, 2015 2:36 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor and Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

President Obama looked to calm fears left in the wake of the high-profile hacks of Sony and Target earlier this year, by hashing out a multi-step plan to "meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children's information," in his sixth State of the Union address last night.         

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Using DNA collected from convicted sex offenders has been instrumental in solving long-dormant sexual assault and homicide cases. Despite nearly universal laws requiring convicted sex offenders to provide a DNA sample, the rules for how and when those sam

Cold Hit: New Technology Reveals Old Evidence

January 16, 2015 2:31 pm | by Detective Lindsey Wade | Comments

Using DNA collected from convicted sex offenders has been instrumental in solving long-dormant sexual assault and homicide cases. Despite nearly universal laws requiring convicted sex offenders to provide a DNA sample, the rules for how and when those samples are collected could be a significant roadblock for cold case detectives around the country.

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The NFL has 32 teams, not groups. Teams. All teams are groups, but not all groups are teams. Calling a group a team doesn’t make it one. That’s the team myth. Too many business owners and executives think of “team” as a label. It’s not. A “team” is an ach

The Team Myth: 5 Steps to Successful Team Building

January 16, 2015 8:53 am | by Gerry Sandusky | Comments

The NFL has 32 teams, not groups. Teams. All teams are groups, but not all groups are teams. Calling a group a team doesn’t make it one. That’s the team myth. Too many business owners and executives think of “team” as a label. It’s not. A “team” is an achievement; a dynamic process that includes talent, focus, motivation and sacrifice. It has a personality, preferences and a unique culture.

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The City of Columbia Police Department went public with a picture of a “person-of-interest” that was created by cutting edge technology called Forensic DNA Phenotyping that can predict genetic ancestry, eye, hair and skin color, freckling, and facial shap

First DNA-Phenotyped Image of 'Person of Interest' in Double Homicide

January 15, 2015 2:50 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The City of Columbia Police Department went public with a picture of a “person-of-interest” that was created by cutting edge technology called Forensic DNA Phenotyping that can predict genetic ancestry, eye, hair and skin color, freckling, and facial shape in individuals from any ethnic background.

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Recently, Johannes Ullrich, Chief Technology Officer of the SANS Internet Storm   Center spoke with Forensic Magazine about a case presented at 31C3 2014. He helps   us understand how this unusual email attack could be a nation-state-level   operation.

Off-the-shelf Nation-state Attacks

January 14, 2015 9:26 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | SANS Institute | Comments

Recently, Johannes Ullrich, Chief Technology Officer of the SANS Internet Storm Center spoke with Forensic Magazine about a case presented at 31C3 2014. He helps us understand how this unusual email attack could be a nation-state-level operation.

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Six people have already overdosed by ingesting a highly lethal combination of drugs that are packaged and sold to look like heroin, says NJ State Police Sergeant Jeff Flynn, although sometimes, the drugs contain no heroin at all.

More on NJ's Lethal New Drug Brands

January 13, 2015 11:18 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Six people have already overdosed by ingesting a highly lethal combination of drugs that are packaged and sold to look like heroin, although sometimes, the drugs contain no heroin at all. The exact names and quantities of the drugs in these new brands remain confidential because of the ongoing nature of the case, but police are confident that these new drug combinations are “highly potent” and “not typically seen.”

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From a historical perspective, mankind’s recording and storing of information has progressed from the crude writings, carvings and paintings found on rocks, in caves and on scrolls to today’s digitization of virtually everything imaginable. The invention

Data Storage Issues - Part 5

January 7, 2015 8:25 am | by John J. Barbara | Digital Forensics Consulting, LLC | Comments

From a historical perspective, mankind’s recording and storing of information has progressed from the crude writings, carvings and paintings found on rocks, in caves and on scrolls to today’s digitization of virtually everything imaginable. The invention of the computer has made this possible.

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Since evidence can take over 24 hours to dry, the ability to secure evidence with a lock or tamper-proof tags is critical in maintaining the chain of custody.

Evidence Drying Cabinets Protect Chain of Custody

January 2, 2015 1:41 pm | Comments

Since evidence can take over 24 hours to dry, the ability to secure evidence with a lock or tamper-proof tags is critical in maintaining the chain of custody.                          

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In terms of DNA profiling, by far the most expensive portion of obtaining a profile is the lab costs. Obtaining a better sample on the front end by using a new collection method, a hundred dollars price increase is a relatively insignificant amount.

Better DNA Samples Save Money

December 23, 2014 8:34 am | Comments

In terms of DNA profiling, by far the most expensive portion of obtaining a profile is the lab costs. Obtaining a better sample on the front end by using a new collection method, a hundred dollars price increase is a relatively insignificant amount.

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10 Inspiring Leadership Quotes to Live By in 2015

December 23, 2014 8:13 am | by Debbie Fletcher | Comments

Whether you run your own company or manage a team of people it’s important sometimes to stop and take some inspiration from those who have been through it all before and come out top.                   

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Most of us know you should attempt to develop latent prints as soon as possible. When latent prints are deposited on a surface, nearly 99% of the print is composed of water. The water begins to evaporate and the print dries out. For this reason, it is ess

Put Your Patrol Force to Work

December 19, 2014 9:06 am | by Detective William Oakley | Comments

I understand that most departments don’t have I.D. Units who come out and process scenes for latent prints, however, there is a solution. The backbone of every police department is its patrol division.             

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Safe Storage of Flammable and Combustible Materials

December 18, 2014 9:39 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Safely storing flammable and combustible liquids in laboratories or stockrooms is risky business. However, by paying attention to the hazard class of the material, the largest container size and the total quantities we can minimize that risk. In addition, here are some general guidelines for safe flammable and combustible storage.

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With bath salts being a new product with no exact chemical composition, toxicology companies have struggled to produce a detection technique. As many bath salts are made up of a large drug concoction, with current tests only detecting an individual drug a

What are the difficulties in detecting bath salts, their effects and how do we test for them?

December 17, 2014 8:52 am | by Dr. Joanne Darragh | Randox Toxicology | Comments

With bath salts being a new product with no exact chemical composition, toxicology companies have struggled to produce a detection technique. As many bath salts are made up of a large drug concoction, with current tests only detecting an individual drug and not a variety of drugs, this also decreases the possibility of detection.

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