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Be Open to Complaints

July 8, 2014 8:56 am | Comments

All managers will receive complaints, but not all managers will receive them the same way. To some, most complaints seem trivial and to come “ out of nowhere” or “off the wall.” But since it probably took a great deal of courage for the employee to complain to you, even though it seems petty, it should be taken seriously and treated respectfully. 

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Avoid Shocking Electrical Hazards

July 1, 2014 8:34 am | Comments

While performing your facility inspection keep an eye out for electrical hazards. Frequently found problems include improper use of extension cords or cords with cut, torn, or frayed insulation, exposed wiring, missing grounding plugs, open electrical panels, and over-loaded circuits.

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Collecting impression evidence is definitely worth the effort—once you do so, you have duplicate evidence that can help make your case.

Duplicating Impression Evidence

June 27, 2014 8:38 am | Comments

When you’re called to a crime scene, you never know what you’re going to find. But no matter the scene, it’s important to recover as much evidence as possible. Sometimes we get so caught up in looking for DNA and other obvious evidence that we overlook other evidence that can be just as important. Collecting impression evidence is definitely worth the effort — once you do so, you have duplicate evidence that can help make your case.

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Crime Scene Investigator: Certification

June 25, 2014 10:52 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

I recently interviewed Lt. Owen McDonnell of the Caddo Sheriff’s Office, Crime Scene Investigations Division, an expert in the field, to get his perspective on CSI certification. Certification in any field gives you more credibility and professionalism in court, provided the certification program is independent and reputable. Prosecution and defense attorneys look for the credentials of the individual and the certifying body. 

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Handle with Care: Basic Autoclave Safety Program

June 25, 2014 10:42 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Autoclaves are such a common and familiar piece of lab equipment that it is easy to overlook the associated hazards. If we do not think about what might go wrong, sooner or later we will get burned. By following our simple three step program of training; testing/monitoring/maintenance; and record keeping, you can avoid mishaps and potential significant damage or injury.

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Forensic Facilities POTential

June 25, 2014 10:33 am | by Jinhee Lee and Ken Mohr | Crime Lab Design | Comments

With recreational and/or medical marijuana now legal in 21 states and the District of Columbia as of April 21, 2014, according to CNN US, one might wonder if forensic facilities can begin to scale back resources dedicated to the drug’s testing and storage. We believe that this may not be the case.

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Solid State Drives: Part 6

June 25, 2014 8:29 am | by John J. Barbara | Digital Forensics Consulting, LLC | Comments

When compared to a typical hard drive, SSDs are totally different in design and functionality which leads to some difficult issues to deal with pertaining to their forensic analysis. The SSD’s use of flash memory for data storage rather than rotating magnetic discs is the cause of the forensic issues.

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Don’t Let This Be You

June 25, 2014 6:05 am | by Chris Asplen | Comments

The sooner every municipality and jurisdiction takes ownership of its own backlog issue and dedicates the appropriate amount of resources to get kits tested, the sooner they can stop worrying about whether some very smart lawyers are going to find a way hold them responsible. 

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Solid State Drives: Part 7

June 25, 2014 5:55 am | by John J. Barbara | Digital Forensics Consulting, LLC | Comments

SSDs have been in use since the 1950s. When compared to a conventional HDD, they are totally different in architecture and functionality. These differences offer many advantages such as no moving parts, having low random access times, and being shock and vibration resistant. However, their architecture and functionality creates some difficult issues to deal with pertaining to their forensic analysis. 

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Old Techniques, New Tricks

June 25, 2014 5:49 am | by Rebecca Waters | Comments

We often focus on the need to learn about emerging technologies and educate ourselves on new methods and skills, but sometimes what we really need are new ways of looking at—and applying—old tools and techniques. This issue presents some ideas along these lines.  

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The quality of your organization depends on the quality of your team—a motivated, energized staff is the key to companywide success.

Finding 'A Players'

June 24, 2014 10:56 am | Comments

Your business doesn’t run itself. The quality of your organization depends on the quality of your team — a motivated, energized staff is the key to companywide success. You want A Players, those colleagues who contribute disproportionately to the advancement and profitability of the organization.

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At a crime scene involving arson, proceed like it’s any other scene: find and collect any evidence that could possibly be relevant

Arson Evidence Collection

June 19, 2014 1:06 pm | Comments

At a crime scene involving arson, proceed like it’s any other scene: find and collect any evidence that could possibly be relevant.                                 

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In order to effectively investigate crimes involving social media, it is imperative that law enforcement understand “how” social media is stored, “where” such information is stored and found, and “how” to obtain such information using forensically sound p

Book Excerpt: Social Media Investigation for Law Enforcement

June 18, 2014 8:33 am | by By Joshua Brunty and Katherine Helenek | Elsevier | Comments

In order to effectively investigate crimes involving social media, it is imperative that law enforcement understand “how” social media is stored, “where” such information is stored and found, and “how” to obtain such information using forensically sound procedures. Social media requires a different mind-set to traditional investigative and current forensic methodologies. 

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Forensic Falls

June 17, 2014 8:21 am | Comments

Forensic field investigators are prime candidates for slips and falls. Processing a crime scene places personnel in proximity to many hazards.                               

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Protecting Privacy and the Crime Scene

June 13, 2014 8:42 am | Comments

Often at a crime scene, a member of the public or the first responding officer will try to protect the dignity and privacy of the victim by covering the body with whatever sheet or blanket is readily available from a residence or vehicle. While this impulse is understandable, it can create problems.

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