ON THE COVER: The needs and duties of property-and-evidence personnel go far beyond the simple storage of evidence. See full article here.

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A New Way to Store Property and Evidence

Get more capacity within your budget and current space

Maintaining a secure chain of custody is key to maintaining the integrity of cases in your community – and the key to maintaining your chain of custody is an organized, well-thought-out evidence storage system. But if your evidence room is already overflowing and funding for a new facility is years away, it can feel impossible to keep your property and evidence room compliant with best practices.

Future Police Technology Conference Comes to UAE November 2017

 Future Police Technology UAE, which will take place on November 13-14, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, is officially supported by the Ministry of Interior in the UAE. This initiative is part of the Ministry's Future Foresight Series and will provide a platform for key decision makers to develop forward-looking strategies and plans to shape the future and improve national security, detect crimes, solve cases, protect assets, and improve public safety.

Editorial: Swipe. Scroll. Learn.

 A new digital edition is here, making it easier than ever to read and interact with Evidence Technology Magazine.

Applications & Advances in Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Analysis

DNA analysis from crime scene evidence is central to a large proportion of cases. Results from DNA Short Tandem Repeat (STR or “DNA fingerprints”) were introduced to courts in the mid 1980s and widely accepted by the late 1990s as standardized protocols, and statistical probabilities were developed. STR DNA analysis has had an impact on countless investigations and court cases. Strengths of this data include both its resolving power for excluding an individual, and the ability to determine potential relationships between evidence and suspects due to Mendelian inheritance of nuclear DNA. However, there are only two copies of the DNA per cell in linear chromosomes. If DNA extracted from the source material has been degraded or is of a very low concentration, it may be unsuitable for STR analysis.

NIST Corner: Fentanyl and First Responders

Fentanyl Can Sicken First Responders. Here’s a Possible Solution.

Safety in the Lab

Evaluation of Forensic Crime Lab Employees’ Chemical Exposures

Book Excerpt: Overview of the Examination of a Dismembered Body

An excerpt from Criminal Dismemberment: Forensic and Investigative Analysis

Edited by Sue Black, Guy Rutty, Sarah Hainsworth, and Grant Thomson
3D Scanning Technology for Faster Autopsy Documentation

A study at the University of Toronto finds 3D scanning works smoother and faster than photography during autopsy, providing critically important spatial data.

3D Printing for Crime Solving & Convictions

3D printing (a.k.a. additive manufacturing) has the potential to transform the world by simplifying manufacturing, shortening supply and distribution chains, democratizing production, creating and repatriating jobs, and customizing products to our needs. But 3D printing can also be used for both causing crimes—as well as solving them. I learned during my recent speech at the Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement (SMILE) conference that the risks and benefits of 3D printing are largely unknown to the law enforcement community. Here’s some of what’s happening.

Tool Kit: Lighting Solutions

Here's eight products to help with lighting the scene and detecting evidence.



ONE OF THE CHALLENGES of writing and editing a magazine is telling a story in a relatively small amount of space. Sometimes it seems like there is never enough room to say everything that needs to be said. I find myself making tough decisions about what parts stay and what parts go.