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Take This Jar and Store It

December 20, 2012 7:13 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Good rules of thumb for chemical handling and storage in the lab


A Bit About Taking a Byte Out of Digital Forensics Laboratories

December 20, 2012 7:06 am | by Susan Halla | Comments

Combating cybercrime is the purview of the digital forensics laboratory—a relative newcomer on the forensic scene. What are the requirements for designing laboratory spaces that best support this ever changing section?


Mozilla Firefox Forensics: Part 2

December 20, 2012 7:01 am | by John J. Barbara | Comments

The most prevalent software applications in use today are probably Web browsers. Although browsers are complex software applications, they have common functionality regarding their main components.


Forensic Laboratory 2030: Scientific Environment

December 20, 2012 6:57 am | by Michael MountSteve Hackman | Comments

What will constitute a modern forensic laboratory in 2030? From its physical manifestation to its legal and scientific mandates, the vision for the ideal forensic laboratory in 2030 will likely be dramatically different from the model of today.


Evaluating the Effectiveness of DNA Analysis on Property Crimes and Identifying a New Model for Outsourcing

December 20, 2012 6:44 am | by Dr. Cecelia CrouseJulie SikorskyAmy Jeanguenat Teresa Vreeland Amelia Looper | Comments

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Biology Unit (PBSO FBU) has taken a proactive approach to DNA testing the voluminous amount of property crime evidence submitted by Palm Beach County law enforcement agencies.


Social Media and the Changing Role of Investigators

December 20, 2012 6:24 am | by Benjamin Wright | Comments

Investigative methods when collecting evidence from social media vary substantially from traditional digital forensic techniques creating new legal and procedural challenges.


Forensic Phylogenetic Analysis: Under the Microscope

December 20, 2012 6:19 am | by Douglas Page | Comments

Phylogenetic analysis—sometimes given the misnomer “HIV fingerprinting”—has been used repeatedly in world courts to try cases of deliberate HIV transmission.


6 Ideas to Improve Team Performance

December 19, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

Poor team performance and productivity is like leaving money on the table.


Great Managers Are Revolutionaries

December 18, 2012 3:00 pm | Comments

In their book, "First, Break All The Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently," Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman present the findings of interviews with over 80,000 successful managers. People don’t change that much, the authors note. Don’t waste time trying to put in what was left out. Try to draw out what was left in. That is hard enough.


Dust Footprints

December 18, 2012 5:00 am | Comments

When patrol officers and/or first responders arrive at the scene, they should look for dust footprints by taking a flashlight and rolling it along the floor. If they simply shine it into the room from a standing position, they’re likely to miss the prints. When they find prints, they should mark them with plastic or disposable tent markers.  


Make Your Own Crime Scene Tools

December 18, 2012 12:46 am | Comments

The “CSI Effect” has made juries everywhere expect a higher level of professionalism. We have to step up to the plate and perform to the best of our abilities. Here are three simple products that can increase your professionalism and are available to you at little or no cost.


The Life Expectancy of Chemicals - Know the Limits

December 17, 2012 9:09 pm | Comments

Develop a program for dating stored chemicals and for recertifying or discarding them after predetermined maximum periods of storage.


3 Strategies for Dealing with Toxic Leadership

December 13, 2012 7:17 am | Comments

Neutralizing assaults and waiting before responding can help deflect the problems of "working for a boss like that."


Shield Your Crime Scene

December 12, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

As crime scene officers we have the responsibility of protecting the crime scene and its integrity, here are some products you can use to help protect your crime scene.


Develop a System for the Legal, Safe, and Ecologically Acceptable Disposal of Chemical Wastes

December 10, 2012 9:04 pm | Comments

We recommend the establishment of a chemical management system. The system begins with the assumption of responsibility. Management needs to have written policies for the safe use and disposal of chemical and biological materials.



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