CRIME SCENE NEWS
Fostering Innovation in U.S. Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is calling for a virtual information repository — a single-source for capturing and sharing law enforcement information. This is one finding of the Second Law Enforcement Advisory Panel, a group convened in fiscal year 2016 as part of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative, which aims to identify current challenges and innovation needs in the U.S. law enforcement system.

 

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Webinar Focuses on Corroborating Evidence and Case Review

EVAW International recently announced a webinar on December 1, 2017 titled "After the Interview - Now the Work Begins: Corroborating Evidence and Case Review". The 90-minute webinar will be presented by Sgt. Richard Mankewich with the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando, Florida, and Assistant State Attorney Kelly Hicks with the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orange County, Florida.

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Victims and Offenders Were of the Same Race in Half of Violent Crimes

A report released last week by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that half (51 percent) of violent victimizations from 2012 to 2015 were interracial, meaning victims and offenders were the same race or were both of Hispanic origin. Violent victimization includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault. During the 4-year aggregated period from 2012 to 2015, U.S. residents experienced 5.8 million violent victimizations each year.

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OJP Awards More than $28.3 Million to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced on September 14, 2017 the award of more than $28.3 million in funding to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to support efforts to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation.

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Efficiency in Processing Sexual Assault Kits

A report funded by the National Institute of Justice and prepared by researchers at RTI International examines the most efficient practices for submitting and processing sexual assault kits (SAKs), and provides recommendations based on findings from surveys of crime laboratories and law enforcement agencies, and site visits with six jurisdictions that included a law enforcement agency, its corresponding laboratory, and a prosecutor's office.

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NIJ Examines Impact of Mobile Technology on Law Enforcement

The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice recently announced an article online that discusses how the use of mobile broadband technology improves law enforcement operations. The article provides valuable guidance for agencies considering installing a wireless network.

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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. www.crcpress.com

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