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Tips for Safe Cutting

February 10, 2014 3:35 pm | Comments

Utility knives are one of the most common tools used in the work place, yet one of the most dangerous, especially in terms of the number and types of injuries produced. We often take these tools for granted and the dangers of inappropriate cutting equipment and procedures are too frequently overlooked.

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Solid State Drives: Part 5

February 10, 2014 9:37 am | by John J. Barbara | Comments

The way in which an SSD stores data is totally different from how data is stored on a traditional hard drive. To fully comprehend how an SSD functions and provide insight into their forensic examination, it is necessary to understand SSD terminology.

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Case Study: Denver Crime Laboratory Plans for Future Expansion in New Lab

February 10, 2014 7:38 am | by Suzie Speicher | Comments

In November 2007, Denver, Colorado, voters passed a $38 million bond to fund the redevelopment of the Denver Police Department's Crime Laboratory Bureau. The objective of the new Denver Crime Laboratory was to house all nine units under one roof, including two additional units that were previously at remote locations.

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Forensic Lasers Meet Unique Challenges in Military Applications in Afghanistan and Stateside

February 10, 2014 7:34 am | by Mark Keirstead and Brad Brown | Coherent, Inc., Arrowhead Forensics | Comments

Lasers reliably work 24/7 in dusty, hot conditions and high ambient vibrations, retrieving latent prints and other trace evidence from a massive case load, often with 1000+ objects to be scanned per case.             

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Making the Move from Pencils to Pixels

February 10, 2014 7:25 am | by Michael W. Streed | Comments

Law enforcement’s move from pencils to pixels can be done quite easily. With careful planning and commitment, law enforcement agencies will begin realizing cost-saving results. Continued training and technology investments will encourage increased use of facial composites.

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Arrestee DNA Found Constitutional in Landmark Case

February 10, 2014 7:11 am | by Jonathan S. Franklin and Jayann Sepich | Life Technologies | Comments

As shown by the King case, DNA identification gets results. DNA identification “is an extraordinarily effective tool for law enforcement officials to identify arrestees, solve past crimes, and exonerate innocent suspects.” DNA is the most reliable evidence of identification—“stronger even than fingerprints or photographs.”

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Multitasking Doesn't Work

February 9, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Multitasking was once heralded as a fantastic way to maximize one’s time and get more done in a day. Then people started realizing that when they had a phone in their ear and were making calculations at the same time, their speed and accuracy (not to mention sanity) suffered. Rather than multitasking, try a new strategy known as “chunking.”  

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Collecting Touch DNA Evidence

February 6, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Touch DNA exists where a perpetrator has touched a surface at the crime scene, possibly leaving a fingerprint as well as DNA. Having the proper supplies on the scene, and the knowledge to use them, is critical to the collection of usable DNA samples.

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How to Listen to New Ideas

February 5, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

One of the key lessons of improvisational comedy is the term “Yes, and.” The idea is that the actor accepts whatever comes at him and instead of fighting it, says “yes” to it. This really works in most business settings, too.        

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How to Choose a Health and Safety Consultant

February 3, 2014 8:55 pm | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

There are many factors to consider when looking for and selecting a qualified and appropriate consultant for health and safety issues. Before choosing a consultant, you must first define the issue or project, its scope, and constraints as thoroughly as possible. 

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Evidence Response Technicians Take Up the Slack

January 30, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Most departments have one or two crime scene officers (CSOs) available. Their expertise is crucial, but in most cases, one or two CSOs are not enough to cover the whole territory the department is responsible for. Many departments are looking to evidence response technicians to solve the problem.

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When to Use (and not use) Email

January 29, 2014 7:17 pm | Comments

Well-formatted, clear, concise e-mail messages are critical to getting our messages read and getting the responses we need. But before you think about what you’re going to communicate in that e-mail, make sure e-mail is the best way to go.  

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Why Bother With LEED?

January 27, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

According to the USGBC, decreased operating costs, increased property values, increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, improved risk management, and verified building performance are seen with LEED certified buildings.          

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Obtaining Tool Mark Impressions

January 23, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

The following describes a modified technique for obtaining tool mark impressions utilizing polyvinylsiloxane impression material. Advantages of the polyvinylsiloxane materials include ease of use, accuracy, and dimensional stability over time.

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Three Keys to Beat Procrastination

January 22, 2014 6:23 pm | Comments

Procrastination occurs for a number of reasons and in varying degrees. All of these reasons are internal, and really have nothing to do with the task itself. So if you have a few unfinished projects looming over your head and you can’t seem to muster the initiative to get them done, put the following procrastination-busting tips into play today.  

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