P&E Room News - April 2016

News about renovations and improvements to police department evidence rooms dominated the Property & Evidence headlines early this month.

Crime Patterns & Prediction

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available a final technical report, "Intra-Metropolitan Crime Patterning and Prediction". The report describes a project that, according to the abstract, "connected yearly crime counts or crime rates at the jurisdiction level across 355 jurisdictions in the Philadelphia (PA)-Camden (NJ) primary metropolitan area, for nine years (2000-2008), with yearly information on demographic fabric and police coverage in these jurisdictions."

Evidence Management at the Parker PD

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Reports Examine Roles of Media and PIOs

In two separate reports, released by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) last week as part of Sunshine Week, crime reporters and police public information officers were asked about their perceptions of media control efforts, use of social media, body camera footage and public records.

Got Evidence? How to Improve Forensic Science

On the third anniversary of the partnership between NIST and the Department of Justice to create the National Commission on Forensic Science and the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (February 18), NIST Fellow and Special Assistant to the Director for Forensic Science John Butler wrote in the NIST Taking Measure blog about efforts to improve the foundation of forensic science.

Modified Laser Cutter Prints 3-D Objects from Powder

Rice University bioengineering researchers have modified a commercial-grade CO2 laser cutter to create OpenSLS, an open-source, selective laser sintering platform that can print intricate 3-D objects from powdered plastics and biomaterials. The system costs at least 40 times less than its commercial counterparts and allows researchers to work with their own specialized powdered materials.

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Item of Interest

The language barrier between English-speaking investigators and Spanish-speaking witnesses is a growing problem. (Updated 28 February 2011)