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Have you ever been called to a crime scene expecting something simple, or straightforward, only to have it turn into something much more complicated? Maybe you get a call for what looks like a simple break-in, so you dust for prints, but you don’t have th

Crime Scene Investigation 101: Crime Scene Kit Basics

April 29, 2015 2:54 pm | by Dick Warrington | Comments

Always assume any case you get will go to court. A good crime scene kit will help you be prepared. To make the most of your crime scene kit, you need to plan ahead. In organizing your kit, take into account your own level of expertise – the best crime scene kit in the world is useless, if you don’t know how to use the items inside.

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Public-private partnerships (P3s) have long been in use throughout Europe, Australia and Canada. These partnerships come in several forms, with the most common model being the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain model (DBFOM).

The Hunt for Facility Funding: Public-Private Partnerships

April 28, 2015 5:12 pm | by David Miller, Jinhee Lee and Cy Henningsen | Comments

Public-private partnerships (P3s) have long been in use throughout Europe, Australia and Canada. These partnerships come in several forms, with the most common model being the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain model (DBFOM). 

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Before purchasing any tool, users should thoroughly research those available and select the tool which provides the best functionality to meet their requirements. The listing of a particular tool or vendor is not to be construed as an endorsement of that

Data Sanitization: Part 2

April 28, 2015 4:40 pm | by John J. Barbara | Comments

Before purchasing any tool, users should thoroughly research those available and select the tool which provides the best functionality to meet their requirements.

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Forensic laboratory design has made many significant advances over the last twenty years. Today’s forensic labs afford occupants better work environments and increased operational efficiency. The challenge for those in the forensic laboratory design and c

Impacting Your Future Facility

April 28, 2015 2:34 pm | by Ken Mohr and Lou Hartman | Comments

Forensic laboratory design has made many significant advances over the last twenty years. Today’s forensic labs afford occupants better work environments and increased operational efficiency. The challenge for those in the forensic laboratory design and construction industries resides in not simply implementing yesterday’s improvements, rather actively working to make future forensic labs even better.

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The American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) symposium opened this week featuring talks from the Boston Police Commissioner on the lessons learned from the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing. The 42nd annual meeting was a departure from the n

ASCLD Symposium Kicks Off in Washington DC

April 28, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

WASHINGTON - The American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) symposium opened this week featuring talks from the Boston Police Commissioner on the lessons learned from the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing. The 42nd annual meeting was a departure from the norm said ASCLD president Brady Mills, and after almost half a century in existence, proved to be a record turnout for the organization.

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The trial of James Holmes, the Colorado movie theater shooter, began what is expected to be months of testimony this week. Everyone appears to be in agreement: Holmes was the shooter who killed 12 and wounded 70. But for an attack that lasted just minutes

Colorado Theater Shooter Trial Involves 85,000 Pages of Evidence, Despite Apparent Guilt

April 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The trial of James Holmes, the Colorado movie theater shooter, began what is expected to be months of testimony this week. Everyone appears to be in agreement: Holmes was the shooter who killed 12 and wounded 70. But for an attack that lasted just minutes, prosecutors have amassed more than 85,000 pages of evidence.

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The FBI announced last week that serious errors were made when it analyzed hair samples from crime scenes, potentially affecting the outcome of thousands of cases. Now four states are going to audit cases that involved experts trained in the flawed method

Four States Auditing Cases Involving Flawed FBI Hair Analysis

April 27, 2015 2:34 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The FBI announced last week that serious errors were made when it analyzed hair samples from crime scenes, potentially affecting the outcome of thousands of cases. Now four states are going to audit cases that involved experts trained in the flawed method, according to officials. 

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Some of President Barack Obama’s emails with White House staff were collected by Russian hackers in a breach last year, according to multiple published reports citing senior American officials.

Obama's Emails Collected by Russian Hackers, Reports Say

April 27, 2015 12:34 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Some of President Barack Obama’s emails with White House staff were collected by Russian hackers in a breach last year, according to multiple published reports citing senior American officials.

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There are some things that make your spine tingle that are exciting and good for   you, but more often than not, if you experience a tingling in your back it is a sign   of something bad. We are talking about back pain, herniated discs, or worse. Back   i

Spine Tingling

April 27, 2015 8:38 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

There are some things that make your spine tingle that are exciting and good for you, but more often than not, if you experience a tingling in your back it is a sign of something bad. Back injuries are probably not something you immediately associate with forensics and laboratory work. However, there are plenty of ways to injure your back if you perform forensic field work or work in a laboratory.

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From a forensic perspective, the Recycle Bin can be a “gold mine” for gathering probative evidence which can be extremely valuable for investigative purposes. There are many forensic tools available that are designed to recover deleted files from the Recy

Data Sanitization: Part 1

April 24, 2015 4:45 pm | by John J. Barbara | Comments

From a forensic perspective, the Recycle Bin can be a “gold mine” for gathering probative evidence which can be extremely valuable for investigative purposes. There are many forensic tools available that are designed to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin. Depending upon the length of time a file has been deleted, forensic tools can recover the entire file or parts of the file (if it was partially overwritten).

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When it comes to forensic science, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is a powerful technique in any analysts’ toolbox. Due to its simplicity, accuracy, sensitivity and versatility, GC/MS is often called the gold standard of analytical methodolo

A Gold Standard in Forensics: A GC/MS Case Study

April 24, 2015 3:31 pm | by Kristen Parnell | Comments

When it comes to forensic science, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is a powerful technique in any analysts’ toolbox. Due to its simplicity, accuracy, sensitivity and versatility, GC/MS is often called the gold standard of analytical methodologies for many forensic tests.

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So what is a LIMS and a QMS? If I run a laboratory, do I need one of these or do I need both? In a laboratory setting, there is a plethora of data that needs to be tracked. Very important work is being completed on a day-to-day basis and a system needs to

LIMS vs QMS: What Are They and Do I Need Both?

April 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by Juliann Poff | Comments

So what is a LIMS and a QMS? If I run a laboratory, do I need one of these or do I need both? In a laboratory setting, there is a plethora of data that needs to be tracked. Very important work is being completed on a day-to-day basis and a system needs to be able to help a laboratory efficiently capture that sample analytical testing data. 

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This particular case concerned blood-alcohol analysis via gas chromatography (GC), the preeminent analytical tool commonly used in the forensic science arena for the determination of alcohol in blood samples. The focus was on the quantitative assessment o

Blood-Alcohol Analysis via Gas Chromatography: Assessment of Data Reliability

April 23, 2015 4:02 pm | by Dominick A. Labianca | Comments

This particular case concerned blood-alcohol analysis via gas chromatography (GC), the preeminent analytical tool commonly used in the forensic science arena for the determination of alcohol in blood samples. The focus was on the quantitative assessment of the data stemming from the analysis, which involved direct injection of appropriately prepared liquid samples into the gas chromatograph. 

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Progressive forensic practitioners are always searching for ways to increase their accuracy and efficiency in the field, while also improving their presentations of complex evidence.

New Technologies for Shooting Incident Reconstruction

April 23, 2015 2:44 pm | by Nathan Lefebvre, James Molinaro and Howard Ryan | Comments

Progressive forensic practitioners are always searching for ways to increase their accuracy and efficiency in the field, while also improving their presentations of complex evidence. 

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15 Suspended after NY State Police Probe

April 23, 2015 9:43 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Although the new software was not used in any cases involving the suspended employees, the agency said it is providing pertinent information to ensure legal obligations are upheld in cases involving the suspended employees.

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