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Fusion Centers Promote Cybersecurity

States can promote cybersecurity and enhance their capabilities by heightening the importance of cybersecurity as a mission of fusion centers, according to a paper released this month by the National Governors Association (NGA).

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Examining Ways to Reduce Error in Expert Forensic Testimony

A new technical report, Potential of Blind Collaborative Justice: Testing the Impact of Expert Blinding and Consensus Building on the Validity of Forensic Testimony<https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/248829.pdf>, evaluates the ability of expert blinding and consensus feedback to improve the validity of expert testimony, specifically in the context of forensic science.

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Processing samples from a plastic surface on the RapidHIT using a swab

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DNA Samples Viable Up to 10 Days after Rape

A technical report recently made available by the NIJ, through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, provides new research on the length of time that DNA samples may remain viable after rape.

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Forensic Science Training for Laboratory Counsel

In this two-day program - July 28-29, 2015 - offered by West Virginia University with support from NIJ, laboratory counsel will learn the basic precepts of forensic science and how to effectively apply this information for trial. Attendees will be given information on evaluating the scientific rigor of expert testimony and the reliability of forensic evidence.

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New Center to Improve Statistical Analysis of Forensic Evidence

As part of a national collaborative effort to strengthen the scientific basis for forensic evidence used in the criminal justice system, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) up to $20 million over five years to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence focused on pattern and digital evidence.

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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.

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