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Effective Delegation

April 10, 2014 8:24 am | Comments

There you are: too much to do, deadline looming, shorthanded, struggling to just keep your head above water…and now the boss wants you to take on a whole new project. It’s going to take lots of time, more time than you have. What to do? Delegate!


Contamination Control

April 9, 2014 7:37 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

Do you ever stop to think about how you might be contaminating your equipment? If you don’t consider this possibility and take steps to protect your equipment and decontaminate it when necessary, you could be putting yourself, your fellow officers, and the success of your case at risk. With some advanced planning and a little common sense, you can avoid many serious problems.


Storing Incompatible Chemicals Separately

April 8, 2014 9:21 am | by Dr. James A. Kaufman | Comments

The proper storage of chemicals has become a focal point of laboratory safety. We need to keep chemicals which are incompatible separated some reasonable distance from each other.                    


Processing the Touch DNA Crime Scene

April 4, 2014 8:49 am | by Joe Minor | Comments

Contamination is the unintentional introduction of outside DNA into a crime scene or laboratory sample. Contaminant DNA may appear as background DNA, the major or minor profile within a mixture, a single source DNA profile, or all of the above. Here are some common rules to help minimize contamination.


Documenting Bloodstain Patterns

April 4, 2014 7:42 am | by Kimberly Rumrill | Comments

Since not all of the facts of a case are available when the first crime scene analysts arrive, it is extremely important to document the scene in such a way that when questions come up later (and the scene has been released) that investigators and bloodstain pattern experts can view the notes and photographs and obtain the information they need.


Zen and the Art of Managing

April 3, 2014 8:44 am | by Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D. | Comments

The goal in the classical Japanese Zen arts is to achieve mastery through spiritual practice. In recent years, many attempts have been made to bring this kind of Zen thinking to the West.                 


The Development of Professional Practice and Accreditation in Forensic Anthropology in the United Kingdom?

April 2, 2014 8:27 am | by Sue Black and Gaille MacKinnon | Comments

The British Association for Forensic Anthropology was established to develop and promote professional standards and accreditation of the discipline of forensic anthropology within the UK. In 2013, after a period of intensive development a series of documents were produced which detailed a new professional practitioner framework introducing three levels of practice coupled with a CPD pathway and a framework for professional development.


Book Excerpt: Criminalistics Laboratory Manual

March 28, 2014 8:20 am | by Elizabeth Erickson | Elsevier | Comments

Blood-spatter analysis or blood-stain pattern interpretation is used by investigators to reconstruct the crime scene to determine the sequence of events, number of impacts of the weapon to the surface, weapon characteristics, whether or not statements provided by witnesses, victims, and suspects are consistent with the scene, and to apprehend individuals responsible for committing the crime.


Mentoring: A Key to Retaining Employees

March 27, 2014 8:56 am | by Martin Seidenfeld | Comments

Retaining good employees is an ongoing issue for managers, even during this period of high unemployment. In fact, it is the best employees, the ones that you really want to keep, that are most likely to leave.           


A New Hazard Communication Standard

March 25, 2014 8:28 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

The goal of the revised Haz Comm, as it is affectionately known, is to better protect workers from hazardous chemicals. According to Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, "Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard will improve the quality, consistency, and clarity of hazard information that workers receive, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive in the global marketplace.


Evidence Collection in a Traffic Investigation

March 21, 2014 8:29 am | by Dick Warrington | Comments

As with any case you work, finding and collecting evidence in a traffic investigation is essential. Always document where you find evidence, and photograph it before removing it. The most important source of evidence is usually the vehicle involved. 


Who Decides?

March 20, 2014 8:29 am | by Martin Seidenfeld | Comments

Your boss has landed you with a new project for your unit. It’s going to be involved and time consuming and take the very best you and your crew can give.You know that several different approaches are possible. How do you decide which is the best way to go? How much will you involve your employees in making decisions?


Investigator Turns Social Media Eyewitness

March 14, 2014 8:57 am | by Benjamin Wright | Comments

In today’s world of social media, investigators are taking on a new role; they are becoming a form of eyewitness. As the eyewitness, an investigator observes evidence that might not be visible to any other available investigator.      


Why Feedback is Your Key to Winning

March 10, 2014 4:55 pm | by Barry Banther | Comments

Why don’t more of us go out of our way to encourage quick and candid feedback? Our first response to this question is typically focused on our team. But the best trusted advisors will tell you that it’s not the leader’s associates but rather the leader’s perspective that is the problem.


Can You Hear Me Now?

March 10, 2014 4:30 pm | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Many times forensic investigators must work in inherently noisy areas. Excessive noise can result from the traffic or surroundings where equipment is in use. Examples might include industrial settings or high traffic locations. Exposure to loud noise can result in loss of hearing.



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