SWGDE Releases Drafts for Public Comment in July 2017

The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) released a number draft guidelines for public review and comment in July. Topics included Best Practices for Image Content Authentication, and Best Practices for Archiving Digital Multimedia Evidence.

Video: NIST Calibrates Tape Measures

Is your tape measure accurate? In a video posted on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) YouTube channel, you can take a look inside the NIST Tape Tunnel — the place where metrologists check the accuracy of tape measures to about 0.1 mm.

Webinar: Post-Arrest Communications Between Victims and Suspects

EVAW International has announced a webinar for Wednesday, August 30, 2017 titled, "In Their Own Words: Practical Tools and Techniques for Obtaining Post-Arrest Communications in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking." The webinar will take a look at one often-overlooked area in the investigation of intimate partner violence or human trafficking: post-arrest communication between victims, suspects, and friends and family of suspects.


Native Student Scholarship to IACP 2017

NIJ is seeking to sponsor five undergraduate or graduate students, who are American Indian or Alaska Natives studying science, technology, engineering, and math, to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference (IACP) conference in Philadelphia on October 21–24, 2017.

Forensic Odontology Conference Offers Hands-On Training

All That Remains, a Forensic Odontology National Conference, will give dental professionals unique exposure to current forensic dentistry methods and provide hands-on training for individual and mass-disaster casualty identification in death investigations.

Evaluation of Device for Collection of Postmortem Prints

A grant report authored by Marzena Mulawka and Mike Troy describes an NIJ-funded project that evaluated the potential for using a contactless, 3D fingerprint scanner for the capture of examination-quality postmortem fingerprints.

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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.