Arrestee DNA Found Constitutional in Landmark Case

By Jonathan S. Franklin and Jayann Sepich
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.

Making the Move from Pencils to Pixels

By Michael W. Streed
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.

Case Study: Denver Crime Laboratory Plans for Future Expansion in New Lab
By Suzie Speicher 
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.


The Development of Professional Practice and Accreditation in Forensic Anthropology in the United Kingdom?

By Sue Black and Gaille MacKinnon
The British Association for Forensic Anthropology was established to develop and promote professional standards and accreditation of the discipline of forensic anthropology within the UK. In 2013, after a period of intensive development a series of documents were produced which detailed a new professional practitioner framework introducing three levels of practice coupled with a CPD pathway and a framework for professional development.

It’s About Time

By Chris Asplen
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.

Solid State Drives: Part 5

By John J. Barbara
The way in which an SSD stores data is totally different from how data is stored on a traditional hard drive. To fully comprehend how an SSD functions and provide insight into their forensic examination, it is necessary to understand SSD terminology.

Communication is Key: Part 2

By Vince McLeod, CIH
This is the second and final installment on OSHA’s changes to the Hazard Communication standard (40CFR 1910.1200) or Haz Comm for short. Here we will discuss the details of the changes and how employers and manufacturers are affected.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Leads with E-Discovery: Part 2

By Ken Mohr and Larry Depew
During the development time of this article and publishing “Part One”; Walmart’s E-Discovery and Forensic Services Laboratory has achieved ASCLD/LAB accreditation. Ken Mohr, a principal at Crime Lab Design, will now continue to explore some of the physical space needs that attributed to the project’s success with Larry Depew whose company, Digital Forensics.US, LLC consulted on the project.

Today’s CSO

By Dick Warrington
When I started working as a CSO in the ’70s, we’d go into a crime scene, take some photos, dust for prints, and bag the obvious evidence. Nowadays, CSOs have to do more. Changes in science and technology mean more tools for crime scene investigation. To take advantage of these advances, you have to be knowledgeable about the latest developments and about the capabilities of experts; you also need the right equipment.