ON THE COVER: This article offers two case examples of utilizing images of hands, found on smartphones and social media, for identification purposes. See full article here.

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NIST Corner: Biological Evidence Preservation

Policy makers can influence preservation of biological evidence.

ETM's Online Extras

In each issue, we save a few articles exclusively for viewing in our Digital Edition. In the July-August issue, you'll find articles on mid-range photography and crime scene staging.

Training Your Organization to Handle Mobile Device Evidence with Confidence

While mobile forensics has become an integral investigative tool over the last few years, mobile device evidence is coming under increasing legal scrutiny as privacy continues to be a major topic. Courts are more closely examining the protocols used to gather or analyze the data, so it’s critical for investigators of all stripes to learn how to meet stringent evidentiary standards.

Chemical Detection

New tools to combat the rise of the unknown.


Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.