Don't Forget to Photograph Impression Evidence | Crime Scene Tips
Before you do anything with impression evidence, you need to photograph it. If something goes wrong during the processing and you forgot to take photographs, then you’ll be left with nothing.
Know When to Call in the Experts | Crime Scene Tips
In order to take advantage of the latest advances in technology and science, a crime scene officer needn't acquire the same level of knowledge as the experts, but must have enough knowledge to recognize what the experts can accomplish with the right evidence.
Crime Scene Checklists | Crime Scene Tips
In order to be useful, a checklist needs to be both easy to use and comprehensive.
Twelve Common Workplace Behaviors that Drain Energy | Management Tips
The source of your exhaustion might not be the tasks you’re doing or the hours you’re working—it may be the actions of the people laboring beside you.
Noise Exposure and OSHA Limits | Safety Tips
OSHA limits employee noise exposure to 90 decibels (dB) averaged over an eight-hour work shift measured on the A-scale and slow response with a standard sound level meter.
Look For Hidden Hazards When Collecting Evidence from Confined Spaces | Crime Scene Tips
Investigations and evidence collection can take one into unusual settings including inside confined spaces. Many locations may appear relatively benign but can hold hidden hazards with potentially fatal consequences for any who enter unprepared.
Fair Play Makes You a Better Manager | Management Tips
The most important trait employees look for in a boss they want to work for is fairness.
Doing an Ergonomic Hazard Evaluation | Safety Tips
When looking at operations from an ergonomic perspective one should consider the following questions.
Put on Gloves, Use Gloves, Change Gloves | Crime Scene Tips
I can’t say enough about avoiding cross contamination. Put on gloves, use gloves, change gloves. Do that every time you touch a piece of evidence.
Why You Need Equanimity | Management Tips
Equanimity is a term that is rarely heard in relation to management but can be very helpful in dealing with the stress and coflict that is often inherent in the job.
Conducting a Job Hazard Analysis | Safety Tips
JHA is like occupational detective work. You must solve the mystery of what can go wrong, how could it happen, what would be the result if it did, how likely is it to occur and how can we prevent it from happening.
Documenting a Vehicle Death Scene | Crime Scene Tips
If a body is found in a vehicle, document as much as possible about the location, the vehicle, and its condition. Be specific as to the location of the body. Is it in the front seat, back seat, driver’s side, passenger side, floor, trunk, etc?
Is the Peter Principle a Myth? | Management Tips
The Peter Principle holds that “in a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence."
What is Lockout/Tagout? | Safety Tips
The premise is simple and straightforward, before a maintenance employee can begin work on equipment, he must make sure the equipment cannot be turned on.
The First Responding Officer Makes or Breaks a Crime Scene | Crime Scene Tips
Arguably, the most important person at a crime scene is the first officer to arrive. The manner in which he initially handles a crime scene can dictate how things go in the overall investigation.
13 Rules of Leadership | Management Tips
From “It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning,” to a simple, “It can be done.” These 13 no nonsense rules from Colin Powell untangle much of the sometimes wordy and overblown ideas on leadership.
Made in the Shade: Beating Heat Strain | Safety Tips
While hot working conditions are often just thought of as a discomfort, they are often overlooked as a workplace hazard.
Know Your Crime Lab | Crime Scene Tips
An understanding of what your lab is capable of can make you smarter about how you process a crime scene. Keep up with the technology your lab has and determine how that changes your job.
Don't Let Your Next Crisis Go to Waste | Management Tips
This idea takes the experience of a crisis and puts it to work in less trying situations.
What Are the Worst Possible Things that Could Go Wrong? | Safety Tips
When conducting experiments with hazards or potential hazards, ask yourself these four questions.
The Credo of an Empowering Manager | Management Tips
Here are 10 tips for managing people in a way that reinforces employee empowerment, accomplishment, and contribution.
Before You Enter a Crime Scene, Check for Tracks | Crime Scene Tips
Before you step under the tape, stop and study the tracks going into and out of the crime scene. Compare tracks to the tread pattern of those at the scene, and take care not to damage any tracks on your way in.
Forbid Working Alone in the Lab | Safety Tips
Working alone is a bad idea. It's an open invitation to tragedy. The legal consequences can be equally serious.
Seven Myths About Nice Teams | Management Tips
Nice teams mistakenly believe that playing nice is what cooperation and teamwork are all about. They believe that getting along requires people to be nice to each other—all the time. They collectively believe the seven most common myths about nice teamwork.
Releasing a Crime Scene | Crime Scene Tips
Once the scene is processed, it can be released. Before release, do a final walk through with a fresh look. You might see something you missed. Document the date and time of release as well as the name, address, and phone of the person the scene was released to.