Next Generation Identification Briefing to Congress

Jerome Pender, deputy assistant director of our Criminal Justice Information Services Division, updated members of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law July 18, 2012 on the status of the Bureau’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) program.

Crime Lab Census Released

The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report earlier this month, Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009, that provides a comprehensive look at forensic services across the nation and the resources devoted to completing the work. This report provides detailed information on the 411 publicly funded crime labs operating in 2009 and compares those findings to data from the 2002 and 2005 censuses.

Case Study: DNA Collection

Technique allowed collection of minimal amounts of male DNA despite overwhelming female/victim DNA, exposure to the effects of water, and limited amount of cellular material.

Latent Print Examiners Wanted

Research team seeking participants in study through August 1, 2012

Web-based Course on Recreational Asphyxia

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) announced a live, web-based course, Recreational Asphyxia: Chemicals. This is the second of a two-part series on recreational asphyxia. This course addresses the topic of accidental deaths caused by chemical asphyxia in children and adolescents.

Media Authentication Training Courses

The National Center for Media Forensics in Denver, Colorado recently announced two upcoming training courses for Fall 2012.

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New Books

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Most forensic disciplines attempt to determine the “who” of a crime. But bloodstain pattern analysis focuses on the “what happened” part of a crime. This book is the third edition of Blood-stain Pattern Analysis. The authors explore the topic in depth, explaining what it is, how it is used, and the practical methodologies that are employed to achieve defensible results. It offers practical, common-sense advice and tips for both novices and professionals.