CRIME SCENE NEWS
Justice Department Awards $49 Million to Improve Collection of Crime Data

The Bureau of Justice Statistics announced on October 1, 2018 that it will award more than $49 million to states and local law enforcement agencies to help them transition to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). This is the largest single-year amount ever awarded for this project.

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Virtual 5K and Scholarship Opportunities for 2019 EVAWI Conference

The organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) is offering several ways for law enforcement to receive scholarships to the 2019 International Conference on Sexual Assualt, Intimate Partner Violence and Increasing Awareness in San Diego, California April 22-24, 2019.

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Grant Funding Aims to Protect Children

The Office of Justice Programs announced on October 15, 2018 the awards of more than $104.2 million in grant funding to enhance state, local and tribal jurisdictions’ capabilities to protect children and respond to juvenile victimization.

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Webinars Focus on Blow Flies and PMI

Two webinars hosted by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will delve into blow flies as indicators of postmortem interval (PMI).

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Forensic Markers of Physical Elder Abuse

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) archives and disseminates data on crime and justice for secondary analysis. In August, NACJD released a dataset, "Forensic Markers of Physical Elder Abuse", by principal investigator Diana C. Homeier with the University of Southern California.

 

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New Organization Serves Forensic Nursing

A new organization, the Academy of Forensic Nursing, was recently announced. The group of advanced nursing providers, nurse practitioners, educators, researchers, and nurse advocates was formed to aid in the development and expansion of the forensic nursing specialty.

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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.

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