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Crime Scene Lighting is Key

March 6, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

CSOs have many options for lighting. Most important, you want the scene as bright as day. If you have an outdoor scene at night, you’ll need large lights. Even if the scene is primarily inside a residence or other building, you still need lights to illuminate the exterior. 

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Ten Steps to Long Term Conflict Management

March 5, 2014 7:13 pm | Comments

The situation is out of control and you don’t have time to deal with it. So what do you do? These ten steps will help you create a plan to deal with conflict in your workplace.                                                       

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Label All Chemicals Properly

March 3, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Label all chemicals to show the name of the material, the nature and degree of hazard, the appropriate precautions, and the name of the perosn responsible for the container. Don't leave a booby trap for another person. Make sure that all containers are appropriately labeled. OSHA's hazard communication standard and lab standards require labeling of containers.

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It's About Time

February 28, 2014 5:46 am | by Chris Asplen | Comments

Several months ago I wrote an article juxtaposing the recent successes we’ve had eliminating rape kit backlogs in a few cities with the lack of a national strategy to actually address the scandal of untested kits that allows identifiable rapists and murderers to continue to stalk our streets. Fortunately, a lot can happen in five months.

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Three Important Management Tips

February 22, 2014 8:01 pm | Comments

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.                  

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Take Your Time at the Crime Scene

February 22, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

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.

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Emergency Plans Should Be Function-Based Not Incident-Based

February 22, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

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.

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Arriving at the Scene: Initial Response

February 21, 2014 11:27 am | by NIJ | Comments

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.   

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Does Your Staff Respect You ... Or Do They Fear You?

February 20, 2014 10:19 am | by Alesia Latson | Comments

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. 

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MSDS Training

February 17, 2014 5:52 pm | Comments

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.  

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Packaging Small Items

February 10, 2014 3:42 pm | Comments

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.

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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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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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