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New Chemical, Narcotic, and Explosive Identifier

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The PGR-1064™ Chemical, Narcotic and Explosive Identifier from Chemring Sensors and Electronics Systems is a handheld Raman spectrometer providing laboratory-quality identification of unknown chemicals, explosives and narcotics in fielded environments.
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Property & Evidence Headlines - May 2015

Here are some headlines about law enforcement property and evidence rooms from across the United States.

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Boost efficiency, organization, and security with an Evidence Tracking System

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The job, it’s what we do: put on the uniform and do the job. I’ve been on the job for 30 years. Sometimes that job means going on patrol and being a part of the action when something goes down (not that anything really ever happens here in the township, mind you). Other times that job is managing the evidence room and keeping the log books up to date. And if the last 10 years have taught me anything, it’s that no job is a cake walk. Between keeping track of what’s coming in from crime scenes, being sent out to the lab for testing, to the DA’s office for court, or the incinerator for destruction, can be pretty hectic. That’s why I’ve got my system. It took me a few years of trying different things to get it just right, but now it’s a well-oiled machine that gets the job done. Or so I thought.

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Processing DNA Samples with RapidHIT

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Arizona Department of Public Safety is First NDIS Lab to Upload DNA Profiles to National Database Utilizing Rapid DNA; IntegenX RapidHIT® system enables DNA identification while a suspect is still in custody

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Reports Look at Law Enforcement Technology Needs

Advances in technology can improve the safety and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, especially for law enforcement agencies. To support agencies’ using new technology, NIJ supports a broad research portfolio to ensure technology is efficient, adequate and accessible. Two new publications — produced by the RAND Corporation on behalf of NIJ’s Information and Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence — look at what technologies law enforcement agencies need today and what that technology could look like in the future. By identifying where technology could help solve law enforcement challenges, we aim to improve their ability to prevent and respond to crime and to keep our communities safe.

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Looking at DNA Technology From a Legal Perspective

Improve your court testimony by learning to look at DNA technologies from a legal perspective. In this NIJ-sponsored webinar hosted by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, Ted Hunt, a chief trial attorney in the prosecuting attorney’s office in Kansas City, Missouri, describes current issues prosecutors face when presenting forensics evidence in court and legal challenges that must be considered in order for the law and DNA forensic science to be in accord. This webinar includes a discussion of advanced DNA analysis technologies, the potential admissibility challenges to next generation technologies and why an interdisciplinary approach and preparation are necessary when implementing next generation sequencing technologies.

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Recovering Latent Fingerprints from Cadavers

IN A HOMICIDE CASE, the recovery of latent impressions from a body is just one more step that should be taken in the process of completing a thorough search. This article is directed at crime-scene technicians and the supervisors who support and direct evidence-recovery operations both in the field and in the controlled settings of the medical examiner’s office or the morgue under the coroner’s direction.

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