Unfortunately, mass casualties are a reality. How would your facility handle a mass casualty? Quite often, a Medical Examiner (ME) facility does not have a sufficient plan or facility in place to adequately deal with a mass casualty.
For all of its benefits and positive impact, DNA and forensic science in general has been woefully underutilized in an area where it could be most powerful—the commission of mass rape and sexual assault as a weapon of war and suppression.
Nature has created some of the deadliest poisons ranging from botulinum neurotoxin and anthrax to ricin. In the fall of 2001, anthrax spores were discovered in the U.S. mail and ultimately resulted in the deaths of five people.
One realm of forensics has nothing to do with crime scene evidence, but its intangible contributions are no less important to the flow of criminal and civil justice. Forensic psychiatry deals with matters of mental health. Its own health is robust.
Investigators now realize that with the right vehicle, they can often make an even stronger case by processing evidence right at major crime scenes. In this article, I’ll look at these issues and some of the options available for mobile crime scene vehicles.
When incompatible materials contact each other, the result can lead to explosion, we thought we would focus on some of the issues, situations, and consequences of materials coming into contact with one another.
Forensic laboratories across the country are under funded, operate in inadequate facilities, lack the latest analytical equipment, yet have an ever-increasing demand for services. Many lab directors and users feel gaining financial support for a new facility is a never ending battle.
In today’s world, investigators, prosecutors, defense counsels, the court, and even the subjects themselves, rely upon the results of forensic examinations to make important and potential life-altering decisions.
The ability to perform forensic DNA analysis in criminal investigations has become an important part of solving numerous types of crime. DNA testing has become especially important in criminal cases involving sexual assault and rape.
No matter what you’re presented with, it’s up to you to capture all of the evidence you find and maintain its integrity. Let’s take a look at the best way to package the evidence you find at crime scenes.
Cryogenic materials of one sort or another are used in most of the forensic labs across the country. As with most things in the lab, all of these can be used safely if we recognize the hazards and work diligently to control them.