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).

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.

Video: The Importance of Cold Case Units

August 5, 2019
The National Institute of Justice recently released a video, "The Importance and Impact of Cold Case Units". In this five-minute piece, practitioners discuss the value of investigative work and the importance of honoring victims and families of victims by putting efforts into solving cold cases.

Webinar: Disturbing Media in Digital Forensics

August 19, 2019
A webinar next week, presented by the NIJ's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, will focus on the effects of disturbing media on criminal justice professionals tasked with reviewing audio, video, and image evidence of heinous acts.

Comfort Dog Program Comes to University of Maryland PD

July 10, 2019
The University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Department (UMBPD) is proud to welcome a new four-legged recruit to the team – “Officer” Lexi! The Australian Shepherd mix is UMBPD’s first resident comfort dog. The department joins only two other university police departments in the nation with a K-9 comfort dog program.

Students Work with Law Enforcement to Reform Community

CARBONDALE, Ill. — July 17, 2019
One neighborhood in St. Louis County is facing more than its fair share of crime. Thanks to a new grant, researchers from Southern Illinois University Carbondale are working with local law enforcement to transform the community.

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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.