Cadet Program Prepares Young People for Careers in Public Safety

A new, national program is working hand-in-hand with law enforcement and other public safety entities to give young people direct, intensive experience in the field. The Public Safety Cadets (PSC) is a nonprofit organization that aims to mentor, train and prepare young men and women for a career in Law Enforcement, Fire-Rescue or Emergency Medical Services.

Webinar: DNA Evidence in Groping Sexual Assault

A webinar on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (2 - 3:30 p.m. ET) will look at how touch DNA evidence impacts groping sexual assault cases. Presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (a program of the National Institute of Justice), the webinar aims to illustrate the importance of these cases and highlight proposed guidelines for evidence collection.

Microbial Communities on Skin Leave Unique Traces at Crime Scenes

When a crime scene is searched for evidence, new research indicates that by swabbing surfaces that were likely touched by a perpetrator, investigators can find an identifiable skin microbial signature the person left behind. Although the work is preliminary and considered a "first step," one of the researchers noted that the work has demonstrated that "skin microbes can ... serve as individual evidence in a variety of scenarios."

NIJ Seeks Research on Violence Against Women

The National Institute of Justice recently issued a call for proposals on research to improve the the knowledge and understanding of intimate partner and dating violence, stalking, and sexual violence through science to best prevent and respond to these crimes.

Webinar: NIBIN Challenges and Opportunities

A webinar on Thursday, January 24, 2019 will discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding the implementation of the NIBIN program. NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) is a national database of digital images of spent bullets and cartridge cases that were found at crime scenes or test-fired from confiscated weapons. The system is managed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

New Book: Homicide

A new book by Wayne Petherick and Natasha Peterick, titled Homicide, examines the incidence and prevalence of homicide in major western nations. It covers the biological, psychological, and social roots of homicide from genetic and evolutionary perspectives, but also considering emotions and influence of peers.

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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.