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Service Animals to Receive Free Eye Screenings

Last year, 16-year-old Katie Krampitz and her father brought her one-year-old black lab, Rue, to her veterinary ophthalmologist’s office for a check-up. But Rue’s visit was no ordinary exam, because Rue is no ordinary dog. For Katie, who has suffered from Type 1 Diabetes since she was a toddler, Rue is a literal lifesaver. Trained as a Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD) by Warren Retrievers, Rue’s primary job is to monitor Katie’s blood sugar level and alert her when it is too high or too low.

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Are Commercial 3D Cameras and Camcorders Capable of Face Collections at 50 meters?

A report released recently by the National Institute of Justice's National Criminal Justice Reference Service describes the market survey and findings for 3D cameras and camcorders capable of face collections at 50 meters or greater, and an assessment of 2D camera background removal algorithms and techniques.

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NIJ Launches Funding Webinar Series

The National Institute of Justice will be hosting six educational webinars about solicitations that are new this year, or contain key changes. The webinars are free and will help interested stakeholders learn more about the research goals, technical and submission requirements, and program objectives.

 

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Property and Evidence Rooms in the News

From items gone missing to cash unexpectedly found, police department's property and evidence rooms frequent the headlines. Here's just a few from the last month.

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Investigating Sexual Assault Against People with Disabilities

A six-part series from the organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) explores, from a law enforcement perspective, the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults perpetrated against people with disabilities. The series of articles can be accessed for free at the EVAWI website.

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How Foreclosures Affect Crime Rates

As millions of homes across the country slipped into foreclosure, national media outlets reported anecdotal evidence suggesting that foreclosed properties increase neighborhood crime. NIJ funded three research studies to offer some clarity to the discussion. The three studies, which used different methods, seem to agree that foreclosures and bank-owned properties do not increase criminal activity, except in certain sections of specific U.S. cities.

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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.

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