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Property Room News - May 2017

Police property and evidence rooms get a lot of media attention, both positive and negative. Here are a few of the recent P&E headlines.

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Evaluation of a Novel Fluorescent Dye

A study recently published by NIJ sought to identify and test a fluorescent dye that will effectively and visibly stain ano-genital tears and abrasions to improve visibility on dark-skinned individuals, given that the use of toluidine blue (TB) to stain such injuries on white skin is not readily visible on dark skin.

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Protecting First Responders from Fentanyl

Dan Kallen, a detective in southern New Jersey, was searching a home with fellow officers in August 2015, when they found a bag of white powder. Kallen removed a scoop of powder for testing. When he was done, he closed the bag, and a bit of air escaped, carrying a puff of powder with it. It was enough to send Kallen and a fellow officer to the emergency room.

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Research on Estimating Postmortem Interval Using Insect Evidence

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available a final technical report (this report is the result of an NIJ-funded project but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice) titled "Statistical Methods for Combining Multivariate and Categorical Data in Postmortem Interval Estimation", written by Lynn R. LaMotte.

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‘Indoor GPS’ Apps Closer to Reality With New NIST Challenge

GPS usually works great outdoors, but what if you’re disoriented in a large building such as a museum or a mall? There are no smartphone apps for indoor navigation, but new data collected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—and a competition to find the app developers who can make the best use of it—may help solve the problem.

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New Tool Eases Sexual Assault Reporting

A Wilmington, North Carolina-based technology company, Ten8Tech, will unveil Victim Link at the End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) conference in Orlando, Florida, on April 18, 2017. Victim Link is a sexual assault reporting platform for law enforcement agencies and victim advocacy organizations.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.

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