CRIME SCENE NEWS
NIJ Releases Digital Evidence Policies and Procedures Manual

May 21, 2020 — The National Institute of Justice has released a new Digital Evidence Policies and Procedures Manual, aimed at helping law enforcement agencies develop polices and procedures for managing technological devices used in crimes and then seized by law enforcement as evidence.

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Webinar: Clinical Indicators of Elder Abuse

June 17, 2020 — A free webinar presented by the Academy of Forensic Nursing will take a look at elder abuse, from epidemiologic aspects to skin assessment, and considerations for safe discharge.

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NIST to Digital Forensic Experts: Show Us What You Got

June 2, 2020 — Digital forensics experts often extract data from computers and mobile phones that may contain evidence of a crime. Now, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will conduct the first large-scale study to measure how well those experts do their job. But rather than testing the proficiency of individual experts, the study aims to measure the performance of the digital forensics community overall.

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The Power of Collaboration

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Honoring "Death Care" Workers

April 30, 2020 — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, the media and public has turned their attention to workers — including first responders, paramedics, nurses, and doctors — who are on the front lines of the crisis. But a retired deputy medical examiner, Vidal "El Muerto" Herrera, recognized there was one profession that seemed largely overlooked: medical examiners and coroners.

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Report on Use of Drones by Public Safety Agencies

May 11, 2020 — In February 2019, the COPS Office, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) convened a two-day conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss the policy and operational issues regarding the implementation and use of drones. This publication synthesizes information presented and discussed by the conference participants; lessons learned; and promising practices gathered from interviews, policy reviews, and survey data for the purpose of providing law enforcement agencies with guidance on implementing a drone program.

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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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