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Shelter Dog Makes $1 Million Heroin Drug Bust

September 12, 2019
A shelter dog turned drug-detection dog, K9 Sentry, recently detected 4 kilos of heroin in a drug bust with Officer Allen Connelley of the Town of Addis Police Department, and West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. The heroin had a street value of $1 million.

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Scholarships Available for 2020 EVAWI International Conference

September 17, 2019
The EVAWI (End Violence Against Women International) organization recently announced that the Academy of Forensic Nursing (AFN) is sponsoring five professionals to attend their 2020 International Conference in Washington, DC.

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Study Examines Links Between Oil Boom and Meth

August 2019
The findings of a recent study by the Justice Research and Statistics Association suggest that the presence of methamphetamine in a region of the United States has increased alongside an oil boom — but the two events could not be directly linked. The study also found that methamphetamine is now being primarily sourced from Mexico.

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Sniffing Out Corpses and Other Signs of Trouble

September 10, 2019
Science stinks.

So thought Megan Harries as she measured drops of putrescine and cadaverine — the chemicals that give decomposing corpses their distinctive, terrible odor — into glass vials. She then placed the vials on the floor of a shipping container, walked outside, and closed the door behind her.

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August 2019 OSAC Standards Bulletin Now Available

August 6, 2019
The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has released its August 2019 Standard Bulletin. The monthly document provides an update on forensic science standards that are moving through the Registry Approval Process at OSAC, as well as those moving through the development process at standards developing organizations (SDOs).

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Imaging Evidence in the Electromagnetic Spectrum

WHITESBORO, TEX. - Aug. 20, 2019
Seeing can be deceiving with preliminary bruising, tattoo, and video studies. “Imaging the Unseen,” a four-hour seminar at the 2019 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, will explore the electromagnetic spectrum and its relevance to visible, infrared, and ultraviolet digital photography, videography, and analysis. With coursework for government and private security video professionals, the 30th annual symposium of the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association International runs Oct. 7-11 in Denver.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.

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