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Processing DNA Samples with RapidHIT

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Arizona Department of Public Safety is First NDIS Lab to Upload DNA Profiles to National Database Utilizing Rapid DNA; IntegenX RapidHIT® system enables DNA identification while a suspect is still in custody

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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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Rapid DNA Hit in the UK

August 24, 2015 — Last week, a Rapid DNA profile uploaded to the UK National DNA Database (NDNAD) identified a dangerous sex offender while he was still in custody.

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Training Offered on Detecting Vehicle-Borne IEDs

The Center for Domestic Preparedness has added a new course to its catalogue of law enforcement courses. The Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device Detection (VBIEDD) course is a one-day, eight-hour course the CDP teaches both as a resident course on the Anniston, Ala., campus and as a non-resident course at host locations. It was developed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Bombing Prevention in partnership with FEMA and the CDP.

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Portable Chemical, Narcotics, and Explosive Identification

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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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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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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.

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