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ON THE COVER: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children recently began utilizing DNA phenotyping to help predict physical traits, including eye, hair, and skin color, facial features, freckling, and ancestry. More realistic facial reconstructions may help lead to more identifications. See full article here.


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P&E Professionals to Meet in Florida in August

The Property & Evidence Association of Florida consists of Evidence Custodians, Property Officers, Crime Scene and Lab Technicians, Supervisors, Managers, and Directors from the State of Florida who handle, dispose, transport, collect, convert, store, and test property and evidence.

 

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Annual DNA Conference Coming to Houston August 2018

The Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (AFDAA) annual meeting and scientific conference is taking place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel at the Galleria in Houston, Texas, on August 2-3, 2018 with a bonus free half-day DNA Technology Tour workshop presented by Promega.

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NIST Corner: Free Software for Detecting Fentanyl

FENTANYL, THE SYNTHETIC DRUG that is driving a nationwide overdose epidemic, is not only a killer. It’s also a shape shifter. Illicit chemists are constantly cooking up new forms of fentanyl, each with a slightly different chemical structure, stymieing law enforcement and putting users at greater risk.

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Book Excerpt: Reasoning Backwards

EVEN IF HE WASN’T THE FIRST FICTION DETECTIVE ever portrayed, Sherlock Holmes is without a doubt the most enduring and influential fictional detective of all time.

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Navigating Interview Recording Compliance for Law Enforcement

ALL ACROSS THE NATION, public safety professionals are working hard to defend our rights and protect the peace. Whether they’re serving out in the community or managing cases in the office, their jobs demand the best technology available. Making sure police departments have the right tools can make all the difference for justice to play out.

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Camera-Based Evidence Control

YOUR AGENCY HAS INVESTED IN CAMERAS—whether body-worn, dash, or even fixed surveillance—but do you have the technological experience to properly manage the evidence that comes from that investment?

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Saliva and Detergents

IN THE REALM OF FORENSIC SCIENCE, false positive results are a serious consideration. The tests that are utilized in a forensic science laboratory should be fully validated, and the scientists should be aware of any problems that can occur (National Research Council). Several detergents and other soap products contain bacterial amylase (Niyonzima) (Hole). This study delves into false positive results that can transpire from detergents or detergent residues when testing for saliva using the Phadebas Tube Test.

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Facial Recognition in Law Enforcement

MUCH HAS HAPPENED in the evolution of facial recognition technology through the years, and many in this field would argue that some of the most exciting developments have happened in just the past few years. 

But first, a quick review.

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Drone Applications in Public Safety

Convergence is the key to greater drone adoption in public safety

DRONES PLAY AN INTEGRAL ROLE in life-or-death operations for the search-and-rescue teams, first responders, and firefighters that use them. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being called upon to enable integral and crucial safety decisions, whether they're employed to create 3D-modeled maps of disaster scenes, thermal maps of buildings, or a bird's eye view of a search-and-rescue operation.

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For the First Time: NCMEC Uses Color for Facial Reconstruction

ONE FALL WEEKEND IN 1985, on a sprawling ranch in Parker County in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a father and son were walking the property, looking for a possible home site. Instead, they were stopped in their tracks by a startling discovery: a murder scene.

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Product News

Six interchangeable LED lamps

highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to: www.spectroline.com

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