This list of tips is intended to help you focus on the key issues that are important to your success as a manager. It's easy to get caught up in the details and lose sight of the big picture.
Crime scene investigators should resist the urge to rush the process because someone is asking them how long they will be. Crime scene processing requires a methodical approach each and every time and deviating from this can have negative consequences.
Power loss, for example, may be a result of many potential incidents (a windstorm, downed tree, ice storm, or even a car hitting a power pole). Regardless of the cause, there are actions that must take place to ensure the protection of employees and the samples, records, and operations contained within the facility.
One of the most important aspects of securing the crime scene is to preserve the scene with minimal contamination and disturbance of physical evidence. The initial response to an incident should be expeditious and methodical.
While you might think that having people fear you to some degree is good, fear in a relationship actually has many negative effects. In fact, research shows that when people are operating in fear, it impairs their analytical thinking skills, decreases their creative insight, and reduces their problem solving abilities — the exact things workplaces need to succeed in today’s marketplace.
The safe handling of chemicals requires an understanding of their properties, hazards, and measures for handling emergencies involving them. This information can be found on the compound's MSDS. This series of powerpoint presentations provides a variety of training resources to help you understand Material Safety Data Sheets and other Hazard Communications.
Preserving and maintaining evidence collected at a scene is crucial. The key is understanding evidence and understanding the proper way to package it. Package small items carefully or they could be lost.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.