The Skin Microbiome as Trace Evidence

In a technical report made available through the NIJ's National Criminal Justice Reference Service, authors Rob Knight, Jessica L. Metcalf, Jack Gilbert, and David O. Carter examined the potential for utilizing the skin microbiome as trace evidence.


NamUs Receives Critical Enhancements

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that critical enhancements have been made to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).


Webinar: False Reports of Sexual Assaults

The organization End Violence Against Women International will host a 90-minute webinar on Tuesday, June 26 titled "False Reports of Sexual Assault: Moving Beyond the Issues."


More Than 2,300 Suspected Online Child Sex Offenders Arrested

June 12, 2018 — The Department of Justice announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month, nationwide, operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing, or historical sexual abuse or production of child pornography.

Recently Archived Webinars from FTCOE

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (a program of the National Institute of Justice) recently added four webinars to its archives. Topics include fragmentary skeletal remains, research and development, and the opioid crisis.

Drone Forensics Gets a Boost With New Data on NIST Website

Aerial drones might someday deliver online purchases to your home. But in some prisons, drone delivery is already a thing. Drones have been spotted flying drugs, cell phones, and other contraband over prison walls, and in several cases, drug traffickers have used drones to ferry narcotics across the border.

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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.