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Crime Scene Clean Up

December 17, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Understanding what happens after CSOs leave the scene can help you do your job better and also help those who need it most: the victims and the people left behind. 80% of victims or their families clean up after a homicide, suicide, trauma, or situations involving decomposing bodies and other biological hazards because they don’t know that professional services are available.


Have a Fire Prevention and Protection Plan

December 16, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Every forensic facility should have a comprehensive fire prevention and protection plan. This plan is designed to protect the building occupants, preserve equipment and property, and assist emergency response teams. Each section in your forensic unit presents its own fire risks.


Get the Most from Your Crime Scene

December 12, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

These days, crime scene officers are capable of doing more forensic work right at the scene. The more you can do in the field, the more the scientists in the lab can do to verify your work. As technology advances, crime scene officers must advance their knowledge and training. Some key areas to focus on include bullet trajectory, blood spatter, and the proper way to collect sensitive evidence such as computers and drugs.


The Importance of Being an Approachable Manager

December 11, 2013 6:01 pm | Comments

As a manager, much of your success rests on the shoulders of those working for you. Therefore it is very important to maintain a positive, productive relationship with your employees, and one of the most important things to strive for as a manager is to remain open and approachable.


Handling Exposure to Blood or OPIM

December 8, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Your employer must provide you with protective equipment, as well as medical care in the case of an incident, at no cost. Follow these steps after exposure to blood or OPIM by eye, mouth, mucous membrane, or non-intact skin and following any piercing, cut, or abrasion of these routes.


Respond with Caution

December 5, 2013 5:00 am | Comments

Officers who arrive at a crime scene must be cautious and methodical. They should strive to preserve the scene with minimal contamination and should not disturb physical evidence. The following guidelines should be observed by all responding officers.


Get the Most Out of Training

December 4, 2013 6:53 pm | Comments

Training is important. It’s the one way to improve the quality of your workforce with the staff you have. But training is only valuable when employees retain the information that was taught to them. These training tips help managers get the most out of training sessions.


PELs Are Based Partly on Scientific Evidence and Partly on Politics

December 2, 2013 6:50 pm | Comments

The OSHA permissible exposure limits (PELs) are typically the least restrictive exposure values and serve as a minimum performance standard in the United States. It should be noted that when PELs are established, it is a political process mixed with scientific evidence.


Book Excerpt: Bosnia’s Million Bones

November 25, 2013 4:01 pm | by Christian Jennings | Comments

The ICMP was now committed to the task of sifting through the pieces of the world's largest forensic puzzle. Thousands of bodies had been exhumed from mass graves in Bosnia and families and relatives of the missing had formed themselves into associations to collect blood samples.


Train Your Field Officers

November 19, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Remember that working a crime scene should be a team effort for you and your department. One of the best things you can do is train the field officers and the first responders about your capabilities. These officers are your eyes in the field; it’s their job to call you when they see something that you can process. 


5 Ways to Speed Through Bureaucracy at Work

November 19, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

We all have been through it at work. Some process or change you are driving requires a sign-off from what seems like every manager in your company. Even when your work is done, you have to chase people down (most often managers), process their feedback, and get them to click a button or sign on the line.


Eye Safety

November 18, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

In our experience with forensic disciplines, we have identified a number of tasks where eye protection should be mandatory. These range from routine housekeeping duties, to working with solvents and chemicals in analytical labs, hazardous light sources, and firing ranges.


There Is No Good Way to Manage People

November 13, 2013 3:09 pm | by Tron Jordheim | Comments

If you boil down all the great people management advice as much as you can, there are really only two things to do. One is to make sure your staff is getting ongoing training, feedback, correction, and motivation for all their work related behaviors. The other thing you can do is to leave your people alone and let them work. The trick is to know when to do which with each person.


Essential Items for Crime Scene Personnel

November 12, 2013 7:00 pm | Comments

Responding crime scene officer(s) must be prepared to process a scene at a moments notice. Officers should keep essential items readily available in police vehicles or readily available toolkits. Below is a list of must have items as well some handy optional tools and gear.


Acid and Flammable Storage Cabinets Should Meet OSHA, NFPA, and UFC Requirements

November 11, 2013 3:35 am | Comments

Acid and flammable storage cabinets should meet OSHA, NFPA, and UFC requirements. However, it has been my experience that when these cabinets are fire tested, they aren’t ventilated; the cabinet doors are closed and the cap is on the flame arrestor vent. Each manufacturer is slightly different and inquiries must be made about the fire tests preformed to determine if it had been tested with a vent connection or not.



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