ON THE COVER: Tackling criminal drone use presents complex and technical challenges. Often, investigators are left with only one piece of the drone, either the controller or the drone itself. If there is only access to the controller, extracting data without the right tools could be impossible. Even when law enforcement does have the means to access the data, conducting a full and forensically sound extraction can be a delicate process. See full article here.

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ONE OF THE MANY CONUNDRUMS to be solved before directing the technological growth of a developing world will always be properly defining the word impossible. It doesn’t sound too difficult at first, but upon second consideration it seems there are two proper definitions. One is, what is truly impossible, and the other is, what is impossible given the technological advancement of the day.

To Protect and Store: Body Cameras Place New Demands on Police

AS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES across the U.S. increasingly deploy body-worn cameras (BWCs) and dash cams to better protect and serve their communities, they are encountering a significant obstacle: the high cost, complexity, and compliance demands of storing video surveillance footage.

Book Excerpt: Cross-Examination

From the book, Successful Expert Testimony.

MOST CROSS-EXAMINATION “THREATS” exist only in the minds of the novice witness. Experienced experts are aware they have no dog in the fight. They come to court prepared, with their conclusions based on earnest effort, experience, testing, and data. Being questioned about their findings should not be cause for consternation.

3D Laser Scanning: Positioning the Jury at the Scene of a Murder

EARLY ON A SUNDAY MORNING in 2013, four teenagers started a fight with a man at a gas station in the City of Marietta, located in Cobb County, Georgia. The four teenagers punched and kicked the victim into traffic, pushed him to the ground, kicked him unconscious, and left him there. The helpless man was eventually hit by a passing car and later died of his injuries.

Drones & Digital Intelligence

ONCE ONLY THE DOMAIN OF HOBBYISTS, commercial drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, have become wildly popular with usage increasing for work, play, and everything in between. Whether the application is photographing houses for real estate listings, determining how best to plant seeds and water crops, or delivering medicine to rural areas, drones are now easier to use, smaller and less expensive. So with the barrier of entry for owning your own drone never lower, and consumer demand at an all-time high, it’s no surprise that global sales hit 2.2 million with revenue at $4.5 billion and the market is expected to grow 28% through 2022.

Locating Bodies with GPR

THERE ARE MANY APPLICATIONS for ground-penetrating radar (GPR) in the field of law enforcement and security. One common application is to locate forensic evidence at a crime scene. In these cases, evidence is usually a body, weapon, or a container that may contain drugs, money, or documents. Many law enforcement agencies worldwide are using GPR to aid in locating this type of evidence.

NIST Corner: Face Recognition Experts Perform Better with AI as Partner

Multidisciplinary study provides scientific underpinnings for accuracy of forensic facial identification

The Value of Online Training

IN THE CURRENT FORENSIC SCIENCE FIELD, there has been an increase in the number of entry-level practitioners and students, in part, due to the CSI Effect and the proliferation of collegiate forensic science programs. Likewise, current practitioners have an obligation to progressively increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities through continuing education.

Tool Kit: In-Car and Body-Worn Camera Technology

There are a variety of options out there related to body-worn and in-car camera technology. Here's just a few:

Forensic Nursing Science and Practice Conference to be Held in October

Join nurses, researchers, educators, legal professionals, and multidisciplinary partners as they share their knowledge and expertise through cutting-edge presentations at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice - October 24-27 2018 in Reno NV.


Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.