CRIME SCENE NEWS
Innovation Award Presented to Retired Officer

On April 12, 2019, the Justice Department presented Richard H. Norcross III, a retired law enforcement officer from Keasbey, New Jersey, with the Professional Innovation Award during the annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. This honor recognizes a program, organization or individual who has helped to expand the reach of victims’ rights and services.

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Special Victims Unit Sergeant Receives Award

The Justice Department on April 12, 2019 presented Sergeant Amy Dudewicz of the Bernalillo County, New Mexico, Sheriff’s Department with the Allied Professional Award during the annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. This honor recognizes individuals from a specific discipline outside the victim assistance field for their service to victims and/or contributions to the victim assistance field.

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Forensic Nurse Receives Award from Justice Dept

The Justice Department on April 12, 2019 presented Diana Faugno, a forensic nurse at the Eisenhower Medical Center and Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage, California, with the Allied Professional Award during the annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. This award recognizes individuals from a specific discipline outside the victim assistance field for their service to victims and/or contributions to the victim assistance field.

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Program Seeks New Solutions for Opioid Detection

In late February 2019, the Opioid Detection Challenge, a $1.55 million USD global prize competition, was launched by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). The Challenge calls upon innovators to submit novel plans for rapid, nonintrusive detection tools that will help find illicit opioids being trafficked into the United States through international mail.

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Disaster Victim Identification Workshop at ASCLD

The 2019 ASCLD Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri will include a Disaster Victim Identification Workshop on May 19 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central Time. The workshop is valuable to laboratory directors and managers in learning how Rapid DNA can be used in a mass fatality incident.

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Webinar: Building Forensic Capacity Post-Conflict

A webinar, presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, will introduce research conducted in Uganda at the nexus of forensic science and transitional justice. The presentation highlights a large-scale forensic investigation and human identification capacity-building workshop for Ugandan stakeholders.

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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.

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