Five Things About Sexual Assault Kits

Investments in research have dramatically improved the science of forensic DNA testing and our understanding of sexual assault kits. NIJ has released Five Things About Sexual Assault Kits to explain what we know and don’t yet know about sexual assault kits based on research to date.

Should Burglary Be Considered a Violent Crime?

In a report recently made available by NIJ through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, authors Richard F. Culp, Ph.D., Phillip M. Kopp, Ph.D., and Candace McCoy, J.D., Ph.D. examined national data to determine whether burglary should be considered a violent crime.

Video: App for Documenting Crime Scenes


Smart Scene was developed for investigators responsible for documenting crime scenes. The developers kept in mind that many investigators are not just responsible for documenting the crime scene but handle every aspect of an investigation. Smart Scene allows the investigator to document actions taken at a crime scene and in the lab. Smart Scene was developed with 20 + years of experience with crime scene investigations. Smart Scene compliments CSI Connect released last year.


GIS-Enabled App Increases Officer Productivity

A smartphone application designed for use by law enforcement officers has been shown to increase productivity, according to a technical report released by NIJ this month.

NIJ Report Emphasizes Technology in the Field

A report released by NIJ on April 18, 2015, “The Impact of Forensic Science Research and Development”, takes a look at how “forensic science research and development conducted decades ago is having an impact in crime laboratories today.” While the title focuses on labs, the report includes a closer look at the impact of forensic technology in the field.

Evidence Storage and Retention

The organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAW International) recently published online the seventh in a series of training bulletins designed to explore alternative reporting methods in sexual assault cases. This bulletin focuses on evidence storage and retention.

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Image Clarification Workflow

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I received a call from Ocean Systems asking if I would like to beta test their newest software—ClearID v2.0 Image Clarification Workflow. The new progam has filters that were designed for use with Adobe’s Photoshop graphics-editing program.