CRIME SCENE NEWS
Creating a New Forensic Crime Scene Survey Camera

A new final technical report, the result of an NIJ-funded project, details the concept of a "stand-off, multi-spectral camera combined with a compact strobed and gated illuminator" for surveying crime scenes.

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NIST Helps Bring Contactless Fingerprint Technology to Market

Quickly moving through security checkpoints by showing your hand to a scanner seems straight out of science fiction, but the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is working with industry to bring fast, touchless fingerprint readers out of the lab and into the marketplace.

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Determining the Age of Fingerprints

Watch the imprint of a tire track in soft mud, and it will slowly blur, the ridges of the pattern gradually flowing into the valleys. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have tested the theory that a similar effect could be used to give forensic scientists something they’ve long wished for: A way to date fingerprints.

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Watch Live: Impression, Pattern, and Trace Evidence Symposium - Aug. 25-26, 2015

You can now register to watch portions of the Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium online. Join us August 25-26 to learn about the latest developments and challenges to analyzing impression, pattern and trace evidence.

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Processing DNA Samples with RapidHIT

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Screening Physical Evidence at the Crime Scene

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available a final technical report that discusses the application of a "broadly applicable, portable chemical detector based on a state-of-the-art mass spectrometer (MS) capable of sampling externally generated ions."

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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)

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