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March ARB Battlefield Forensics Course

July 24, 2013 10:56 am | by Senior Airman Nicole Munoz, DVIDS | Comments

Marvin Whitfield, a Department of the Army contractor with Six 3 Systems, explains day one of a four-day Battlefield Forensics course at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., July 23, 2013. Seven instructors who are part of a mobile training team came to teach 36 Airmen, Sailors and a Marine to collect and process biometric evidence. Only two percent of the entire U.S. military has ever received this one-of-a-kind training. 


Develop Wet Fingerprints

June 20, 2013 5:41 am | Comments

Using a small particle reagent allows you to develop fingerprints from a wet surface. You can then use tape to lift the prints without allowing them to dry. This procedure can be useful for collecting evidence found under water or for processing crime scenes in the rain.


ANSF Members Receive Forensic Training

June 17, 2013 9:42 am | by Spc. Candace Foster | Comments

B-roll of a forensic evidence based training course attended by members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police, the Criminal Investigation Department of the Afghan Uniform Police, the Provincial Recon Company for Paktika Province, and the National Directorate of Security.


Find Evidence Using Fluorescent Light

June 14, 2013 5:09 am | Comments

This video illustrates how to use fluorescent fingerprint powder and how to use alternative light sources to locate evidence. With a fluorescent light you can find bone fragments, urine, semen, altered documents, fibers, and fingerprints.


Learning Forensic Science in Afghanistan

June 11, 2013 3:53 pm | Comments

Afghans learn the basics of forensic science. A class teaches a group of Afghans some forensic basics. Soundbites include Jon Hanning - Chief Instructor and Asifi Amrullah - Defense Attorney. Video by Staff Sgt. Brian Economides and Petty Officer 1st Class Alexander Gamble.


Unleashing Forensic DNA through Computer Intelligence

June 11, 2013 9:23 am | by M. W. Perlin | Comments

DNA is powerful, yet everywhere it is in chains. Biological evidence from explosives, murder weapons and rape kits that could identify true culprits is routinely collected and analyzed, but often never used. This investigative failure, and evidential defeat, occurs because the unassisted human mind cannot cope with the complexities of challenging DNA evidence.


The Science and Art of the Facial Reconstruction Process

June 7, 2013 3:42 pm | by nysmuseum | Comments

This video demonstrates the process of facial reconstruction completed by Museum Specialist Gay Malin. The video provides a step-by-step description of how artists go about rebuilding the features of a long-dead person, based only on the shape of their skull.


Evidence Tape - Fresher Tape Sticks Better

June 7, 2013 11:36 am | by Mike McCutcheon | Comments

This is an introduction into the new technology of certified evidence tape and it's purpose. Watch the video from Mike McCutcheon's YouTube channel, where he demonstrates many procedures and techniques useful to forensic practitioners. 


Casting Foot Impressions

June 7, 2013 7:00 am | Comments

This video illustrates the proper technique for casting a foot impression. Creating an impression allows you to look at its unique characteristics and compare it to a known sample, such as a shoe. Unique characteristics include gum, wear patterns, etc.


Acquittals Leave 2004 Murder Unsolved

June 5, 2013 11:09 am | by Brandi Grissom and Justin Dehn | Comments

Megan Winfrey spent six years behind bars before she was acquitted of murder. Now, she is hoping to help solve the mystery of who brutally killed school janitor Murray Burr in 2004. In February, Texas’ highest criminal court acquitted Winfrey, ruling that the dog scent evidence prosecutors used against her was insufficient.


Early Forensics and Crime-solving Chemists - Deborah Blum

April 2, 2013 4:22 pm | Comments

In a CSI age, we take forensic science for granted. New York did not have a medical examiner or forensic toxicologist until 1918, whose eventual arrival changed the landscape of crime investigation forever.

Acceptability of Digital Evidence

February 5, 2013 8:36 am | Comments

Gary Kessler explores the acceptability of digital evidence in court as regards the Federal Rules of Evidence.


The Criminal Techniques Academy

October 1, 2012 12:53 pm | Comments

Afghans are being taught how to gather forensic data at a site in Parwan. The Criminal Techniques Academy was set up last year by a US Task Force. Hundreds of students are taking lessons on how to collect fingerprint, DNA and ballistic evidence.


3D Software Recreates Aurora Crime Scene

July 27, 2012 12:46 pm | Comments

Investigators can use sophisticated technology to analyze complicated crime scenes with multiple victims.


Backpacks, Not the Bombs Inside, Key to Finding DNA

December 13, 2011 5:40 am | Comments

Catching terrorists who detonate bombs may be easier by testing the containers that hide the bombs rather than the actual explosives, according to pioneering research led by Michigan State University.



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