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Use Photography to Create an Accurate Record

May 2, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

When photographing a scene, keep in mind that you are trying to provide a permanent record of the scene and the evidence collected. This record will assist anyone who is not at the scene—from detectives and prosecutors to members of the jury, if the case goes to trial.

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Six Ways to Use Positive Reinforcement to Reward Employees

May 2, 2013 6:40 am | Comments

Positive reinforcement both shapes behavior and enhances an employee’s self-image. Effective reinforcers can be grouped into six major categories.

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Provide Safety Equipment in Each Lab

April 29, 2013 4:18 pm | Comments

Not only should fire extinguishers, safety showers, eye wash fountains, first aid kits, fire blankets, and fume hoods be provided but they should be tested or checked monthly.

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Ask Broad, Open-Ended Questions When Interviewing

April 23, 2013 2:57 pm | Comments

When trying to find out how a candidate thinks, it’s always best to start by asking very broad, open-ended questions.

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Forensic Laboratory 2030: Workplace Activities

April 23, 2013 2:31 pm | by Adam DenmarkSteve Hackman | Comments

This final article of the Forensic Laboratory 2030 series will explore important workplace trends, work/life drivers, a vision for FL2030, and challenges for the future.

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Find the Right Mobile Crime Scene Vehicle

April 22, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Finding the right mobile crime scene vehicle for your agency is a complicated task. It involves looking carefully at your cases, your expertise, and your budget. Once you figure out the right way to balance the need for storage space and the need for work space, then you can decide what vehicle or combination of vehicles will help you get the job done.

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Routinely Check Hoods for Adequate Flow and Velocity

April 22, 2013 8:51 am | Comments

One problem with all hoods, but definitely more so with chemical hoods than others in our experience, is that as a cabinet space in a lab they tend to accumulate stuff and are frequently used for storage.

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Prepare for the Interview

April 18, 2013 6:33 am | Comments

Make sure you have an interruption-free, private space where you and the candidate can talk comfortably.

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Forensic Archeology Helps Dig Up Evidence

April 17, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Forensic archeological investigations are integral to a diverse array of situational contexts, but the singular objective these various operations accomplish is one of recovery and resolution—recovery of the physical evidence and eventual resolution of the legal issues.

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The Power of LDIS

April 16, 2013 4:38 pm | by Rockne Harmon, JD | Comments

Local DNA Index System, when used to its full effect, gives local law enforcement and forensic science a valuable means to exploit the intended potential of CODIS

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Never Use a Household-Type Refrigerator to Store Flammable Liquids

April 15, 2013 9:53 pm | Comments

Never use a household-type refrigerator to store flammable liquids (ethers, alcohols, etc). In the event of a container spill or leak an explosive concentration can quickly develop with ignition occuring when the unit cycles. Every year or two there is a new story of a university lab destroyed as a result of a refrigerator fire.

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Investigating Beyond the Fender Bender

April 12, 2013 7:10 am | by Dick Warrington | Comments

When responding to multiple car accidents, hit and runs, fatalities, and high speed chases, officers can benefit by calling in Crime Scene Officers to assist with the investigation.

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VPP, OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program: Part 1

April 12, 2013 7:07 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

A robust health and safety management program can benefit any workplace no matter how large or small. Recognizing this, OSHA developed an assistance program called VPP for Voluntary Protection Program.

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Mozilla Firefox Forensics: Part 4

April 12, 2013 7:03 am | by John J. Barbara | Comments

Firefox (version 16.0.2) typically includes twelve SQLite databases, each of which performs a different function such as to store bookmarks, cookies, places visited, searches, and so forth.

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Next Generation Sequencing for Forensics

April 12, 2013 6:59 am | by Chris Asplen | Comments

You can’t look at the advent of next generation DNA sequencing, the speed at which the technology is advancing, and the rate at which the cost is dropping and—with any intellectual honesty—suggest that the forensic use of DNA is going to continue with blinders to anything phenotypic.

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