8 Finalists Announced in Opioid Detection Challenge

Washington, DC – June 11, 2019
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced eight finalists in the first stage of the Opioid Detection Challenge, which is a $1.55 million global prize competition for rapid, nonintrusive detection tools that will help find illicit opioids in international mail. The Challenge is an S&T collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).


New Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force Announced

Washington, DC — June 14, 2019
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, the Department of Justice announced the establishment of a new Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force. This joint law enforcement effort brings together the resources and expertise of the Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Branch, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for six federal districts, the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and other organizations.

High School Seniors Losing Trust in Law Enforcement

Washington, DC — June 17, 2019
High school seniors’ confidence in law enforcement and the justice system significantly declined from 2006 to 2017 while their faith in religious organizations and schools was comparatively higher and more stable, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Texas A&M Forensic Science Courses Earn ACE Recommendation

The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended college credit for 19 forensic science courses offered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The forensics courses, which received the ACE credit recommendation for the first time, give students the opportunity to earn up to 44 college credit hours and 6 vocational credits.

Arrests Involving Girls Drop 53 Percent Over 10 Year Period

Arrests of female juveniles in the U.S. declined by about 53 percent over a 10-year period and accounted for less than one-third of all youth arrests in the U.S. according to a new findings published May 1, 2019 by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Free Program Covers Active Shooter Events

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is hosting a free active shooter/hostile event program for emergency managers, policymakers, fire, police, EMS, school officials, and facility managers in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

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Six interchangeable LED lamps

highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to: