CRIME SCENE NEWS
Funding for Research Assistantships with NIJ

The NIJ recently announced that doctoral students can now apply to get funding to work with NIJ research scientists. The Research Assistantship Program (RAP) offers highly qualified doctoral students the opportunity to bring their expertise to NIJ to work across offices and program areas to obtain a practical and applied research experience. The program is newly designed and welcomes students from an array of disciplines to apply their expertise to the criminal justice field.

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Case Study Looks in on Body-Worn Cameras

A case study conducted in conjunction with the Queensland Police Service in Australia and a manufacturer of body-worn cameras demonstrated the effects of body-worn cameras on domestic and family violence (DFV) cases. The case study showed an increase in charges filed, arrests, and convictions for DFV cases following a deployment of 5,100 body-worn cameras by the agency.

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Infrared Thermal Imaging for Use in Restoration of Defaced Serial Numbers

A grant report funded and recently released by the National Institute of Justice focuses on research that aimed to determine if infrared imaging techniques complemented with multivariate image processing could be used to recover defaced serial numbers.

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Working with People with Disabilities

The organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) recently shared an interview with disability expert and former EVAWI Director Shirley Paceley. In her interview, Paceley highlights the importance of creating equal access to the criminal justice system. This includes understanding disability etiquette, and how to re-tool your thinking when working with victims with disabilities.

 

 

 

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Fostering Innovation in U.S. Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is calling for a virtual information repository — a single-source for capturing and sharing law enforcement information. This is one finding of the Second Law Enforcement Advisory Panel, a group convened in fiscal year 2016 as part of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative, which aims to identify current challenges and innovation needs in the U.S. law enforcement system.

 

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Webinar Focuses on Corroborating Evidence and Case Review

EVAW International recently announced a webinar on December 1, 2017 titled "After the Interview - Now the Work Begins: Corroborating Evidence and Case Review". The 90-minute webinar will be presented by Sgt. Richard Mankewich with the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando, Florida, and Assistant State Attorney Kelly Hicks with the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orange County, Florida.

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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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