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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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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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Arrestee DNA Found Constitutional in Landmark Case

February 10, 2014 7:11 am | by Jonathan S. Franklin and Jayann Sepich | Life Technologies | Comments

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.”

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Multitasking Doesn't Work

February 9, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

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.”  

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Collecting Touch DNA Evidence

February 6, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

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.

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How to Listen to New Ideas

February 5, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

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.        

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How to Choose a Health and Safety Consultant

February 3, 2014 8:55 pm | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

There are many factors to consider when looking for and selecting a qualified and appropriate consultant for health and safety issues. Before choosing a consultant, you must first define the issue or project, its scope, and constraints as thoroughly as possible. 

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Evidence Response Technicians Take Up the Slack

January 30, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Most departments have one or two crime scene officers (CSOs) available. Their expertise is crucial, but in most cases, one or two CSOs are not enough to cover the whole territory the department is responsible for. Many departments are looking to evidence response technicians to solve the problem.

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