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In order to effectively investigate crimes involving social media, it is imperative that law enforcement understand “how” social media is stored, “where” such information is stored and found, and “how” to obtain such information using forensically sound p

Book Excerpt: Social Media Investigation for Law Enforcement

June 18, 2014 8:33 am | by By Joshua Brunty and Katherine Helenek | Elsevier | Comments

In order to effectively investigate crimes involving social media, it is imperative that law enforcement understand “how” social media is stored, “where” such information is stored and found, and “how” to obtain such information using forensically sound procedures. Social media requires a different mind-set to traditional investigative and current forensic methodologies. 


Forensic Falls

June 17, 2014 8:21 am | Comments

Forensic field investigators are prime candidates for slips and falls. Processing a crime scene places personnel in proximity to many hazards.                               


Protecting Privacy and the Crime Scene

June 13, 2014 8:42 am | Comments

Often at a crime scene, a member of the public or the first responding officer will try to protect the dignity and privacy of the victim by covering the body with whatever sheet or blanket is readily available from a residence or vehicle. While this impulse is understandable, it can create problems.


Four Reasons You Should Not Dry Evidence in a Fume Hood

June 11, 2014 8:32 am | by Kelly Williams | Labconco Corporation | Comments

If you are currently drying evidence in a fume hood, it might be time to consider obtaining an Evidence Drying Cabinet instead. Evidence Drying Cabinets (EDCs) are designed specifically to dry evidence in a secure environment too not only protect the evidence from cross contamination, but to maintain proper chain of custody.


Compensate Fairly for Staff Engagement

June 10, 2014 8:43 am | Comments

Many companies diligently strive to create attractive incentive programs in an effort to engage and retain staff. Unfortunately, these efforts actually may be counter-productive to accomplishing these goals.            


Use Check Lists to Manage Crime Scenes

June 6, 2014 8:42 am | Comments

Checklists are great tools for helping you manage complex crime scenes. By using a checklist, you can track the steps you need to take to do your job correctly.                         


Introduction to Forensic Image Processing

June 4, 2014 8:15 am | by Marcus Borengasser, Ph.D. | Comments

Forensic image processing (FIP) involves the computer restoration and enhancement of surveillance imagery. The goal of FIP is to maximize information extraction from surveillance imagery, especially imagery that is noisy, incomplete, or over/under exposed. FIP techniques can be applied to various types of images, such as retinal images, shoe impression images, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) infrared images, and more.  


Safety Performance Management

June 3, 2014 8:33 am | Comments

This can be thought of as the measurable actions of employees in relation to safety in their work. Performance measurement should reflect how workers (management and workers alike) are actually doing compared to applicable regulatory requirements and identified corporate goals.


Dusting Surfaces to Get Prints

May 30, 2014 8:53 am | Comments

When you find dust fingerprints and footprints, collect them with an electrostatic dust lifter such as the PathFinder.                                     


"Open to Dispute": CODIS STR Loci as Private Medical Information

May 28, 2014 8:27 am | by David Kaye, J.D., M.A. | Comments

For nearly 25 years, advocacy groups and legal scholars have been predicting that the day when the DNA features used in forensic identification will reveal predispositions to diseases or behavioral traits is just around the corner. Questions such as these were mooted by a panel at ISHI last October. Although I cannot presume to speak for the other panelists, I can offer three recommendations of my own.


Dealing with Beastly Employees: Mocking Birds

May 27, 2014 8:06 am | Comments

For the next few weeks, we'll present you with a list of commonly found “beastly” employees, with descriptions of their behavior and suggested strategies for coping with them. Mocking Birds will speak authoritatively on any subject— whether or not they know anything about it. They have an overwhelming need to be admired and respected and may not know they’re not experts.


Lifting Fingerprints from Wet Surfaces

May 23, 2014 12:07 pm | Comments

Most people think you can’t get prints from a wet surface, but you can if you use Small Particle Reagent (SPR).                                       


Crime Scene Measuring Tools

May 21, 2014 8:18 am | by Kent E. Boots | | Comments

I often ask my students which device is more accurate, a Rolatape, a steel tape, a handheld electronic measuring device, a total station, or a laser scanner. Ultimately that is a trick question. It is not that one device is more accurate than another. They all have the potential to measure accurately. This article is going to discuss a review of the various measuring tools used when “hand” measuring a scene.


Meeting Lighting Requirements in the Lab

May 20, 2014 9:07 am | Comments

To determine the amount of light needed in a space, designers turn to the standards developed by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).                               


The DNA Lab and Contamination

May 15, 2014 4:46 pm | by Joe Minor | Comments

Once evidence is received into the DNA laboratory, how is contamination minimized and what are the potential sources of epithelial cells?                                



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