ON THE COVER: This issue explores the use of virtual reality in the CSI learning environment and for forensic and crime scene work.



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Forensic Conference Returns to Abu Dhabi in October 2018

The 2nd edition of GCC Forensics Exhibition and Conference will take place October 30-31, 2018, at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Following a successful event launch last year with over 900 delegates in attendance, the Middle East’s must-attend forensic science event returns with an extended floorplan in a bigger venue. Under the directive of our event Chairman and Director of the Abu Dhabi Police Forensic Department, Brigadier General Abdulrahman Al Hammadi, this year’s exhibition and conference will focus on emerging technology trends for the sector including artificial intelligence, future foresight, and innovation.

Four Ways to Recover DVR Video Evidence

One of the best resources available to you at a crime scene is the video footage found within nearby surveillance cameras. Whether you are a Crime Scene Investigator, a Detective, or a Digital Forensics Specialist… knowing how to properly and safely recover video evidence from DVR surveillance is vital to the success of your investigation. There are four main ways to recover DVR surveillance footage, both on-scene and back in your crime lab.

Is Your Laboratory Looking for a 3D Imaging System for Cartridges and Bullets?

The Evofinder® Automated Ballistic Identifications system provides a unique solution for 3D imaging of both bullets and cartridge cases with a high degree of accuracy and speed as well as providing automatic correlations with statistical analysis. The Evofinder® system is uniquely capable in its ability to capture both pristine and deformed evidence in 3D, quickly and accurately.

Photography: Image Stacking

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


Crime Scene Revisited

Faces of the victims recovered from the scene of a genocide.