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Complex Criminal Networks Detected with Mobile Phone Data

April 17, 2014 | by Indiana Univ. Bloomington | Comments

A researcher is using network science and a connected society to fight crime. Data produced by dynamical relationships is integrated into a statistical framework using algorithms that can model connectivity between individual “players,” laying out the multiple relationships into a network representation.

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Can My Department Benefit from Mobile ID Fingerprint Devices?

April 17, 2014 9:02 am | by NIJ | Comments

This report provides a “landscape” view of the issues and products associated with mobile devices for fingerprint identification, with a focus on forensic applications.                       

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Forensics Expertise Questioned at Pistorius Trial

April 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Gerald Imray, Associated Press | Comments

Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense.             

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NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees Seeks Forensic Scientists

April 16, 2014 11:13 am | by NIST | Comments

The application process for positions in the new NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) is now open. NIST is welcoming members of the forensic science, criminal justice and academic research communities to serve as committee and subcommittee members.

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Alleged Serial Killings Highlight GPS Limits

April 16, 2014 9:24 am | by Don Thomson and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press | Comments

Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once, but allegedly twice, that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — aren't foolproof.                     

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Boston Police Safely Blow Up Suspicious Backpacks

April 16, 2014 9:09 am | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | Comments

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

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Social Media as a Component of Community Policing

April 15, 2014 4:45 pm | by Edward Davis III, Alejandro Alves and David Alan Sklansky, NIJ | Comments

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Police Department (BPD) tapped into a seemingly unconventional method — social media — to keep the public informed about the investigation, to calm nerves, and to correct misinformation.

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French School Carries Out DNA Dragnet in Rape Case

April 15, 2014 12:36 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | Comments

French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school — including boys as young as 14 — as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.         

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Forensics Class at Boys' Latin School Uses Maggots for Criminal Investigation

April 15, 2014 12:25 pm | by The Boys' Latin School of Maryland | Comments

It's typical for students in Jim Haluck's honors forensics course at The Boys' Latin School of Maryland, to learn about a variety of materials throughout the year. Recently, however, students were talking quite a bit about the new lab entitled Sarcophaga bullata, which deals with meat and maggots in an attempt to determine if drugs were used by a hypothetical deceased human body.

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Questions Grow about Prisoner's Conviction

April 15, 2014 12:06 pm | by Frances Robles, The New York Times | Comments

With questions about his conviction growing and with 28 of his 53 years spent behind bars, Robert Hill is now among a growing number of convicts who hope the New York State Board of Parole will review their cases with a measure of skepticism and show mercy.

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The Growing Drug Trade in the Oil Patch

April 15, 2014 11:49 am | by Sharon Cohen, Associated Press | Comments

The oil boom in the Bakken shale fields has touched off an explosion of growth and wealth on this remote wind-swept prairie. Big money is raining down in small towns. Oil rigs light up the night sky. But the bonanza suddenly flourishing here has also brought with it a dark side: a growing trade in meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, the shadow of sinister cartels and newfound violence.

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Mobile Fingerprint Capture

April 14, 2014 4:34 pm | Comments

Contactless fingerprinting technology has benefits and capabilities for law enforcement, financial transactions and network security. This report discusses the grantee’s design and fabrication of two new contactless fingerprinting systems.

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New FBI Fingerprint Technology Resolves Illinois Cold Case

April 14, 2014 12:43 pm | by Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune | Comments

New FBI technology — including a sharper fingerprint identification system — is helping police resolve cold cases. The federal agency's Next Generation Identification system sounds like the name of a futuristic crime show — and in some ways, it resembles one, with cutting-edge advances rolled out over the past few years.

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UMass Lowell 3D Contactless Fingerprint Scanner: Technology Evaluation

April 14, 2014 12:30 pm | by Phillip Wiggin and Lars Ericson, NIJ | Comments

SSBT CoE has tested and evaluated a contactless fingerprint scanning device developed for NIJ by the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML).                               

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Skeletal Remains Headed for DNA Testing

April 14, 2014 12:17 pm | by Jaci Conrad Pearson, Black Hills Pioneer | Comments

Archivist Mike Runge obtained permission from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission recently to move forward with forensic DNA testing of an unmarked burial of skeletal human remains discovered in 2012.           

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Shake-up Inside Forensic Credentialing Organization

April 14, 2014 11:39 am | by Leah Bartos, Special to ProPublica | Comments

The upheaval at American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI) comes in the wake of a series of reports that have raised questions about the credibility of the organization's certification programs.            

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