CRIME SCENE NEWS
Scholarships Available: 2016 EVAWI International Conference

End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), the host of the 2016 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Engaging Men & Boys, recently announced the availability of scholarships for sworn law enforcement to attend the conference.

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Study Reveals Persistence of AFIS Accuracy

Fingerprints have been used by law enforcement and forensics experts to successfully identify people for more than 100 years. Though fingerprints are assumed to be infallible personal identifiers, there has been little scientific research to prove this claim to be true. As such, there have been repeated challenges to the admissibility of fingerprint evidence in courts of law.

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Boost efficiency, organization, and security with an Evidence Tracking System

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The job, it’s what we do: put on the uniform and do the job. I’ve been on the job for 30 years. Sometimes that job means going on patrol and being a part of the action when something goes down (not that anything really ever happens here in the township, mind you). Other times that job is managing the evidence room and keeping the log books up to date. And if the last 10 years have taught me anything, it’s that no job is a cake walk. Between keeping track of what’s coming in from crime scenes, being sent out to the lab for testing, to the DA’s office for court, or the incinerator for destruction, can be pretty hectic. That’s why I’ve got my system. It took me a few years of trying different things to get it just right, but now it’s a well-oiled machine that gets the job done. Or so I thought.

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PGR-1064 From Chemring Sensors & Electronics

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The PGR-1064 is a new handheld, chemical, narcotics and explosive identifier from Chemring Sensors & Electronics. It uses Raman Spectroscopy to identify over 5,000 compounds in its library.

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Improving Tattoo Recognition

An international group of experts from industry, academia and government gathered recently at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to discuss challenges and potential approaches to automated tattoo recognition, which could assist law enforcement in the identification of criminals and victims.

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Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium Coming in August

NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting the Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium from August 25-27, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. If you are an impression, pattern, or trace evidence expert, this symposium is the ideal place to explore new developments, technologies, and technical advancements.

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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. www.crcpress.com

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