CRIME SCENE NEWS
Using Rapid DNA at Booking

The third free, online course in the Rapid DNA series — hosted by the American Society of Crime Lab Directors and NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence — is now available on demand. The course focuses on Rapid DNA integration of booking station instruments into CODIS.

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Death Investigation Accredited Course Online

The University of North Dakota is offering an NIJ-funded training series on Death Investigation for death investigators, coroners, law enforcement or physicians. This series is made up of four online courses that cover the basic principles, protocols, and tools used in death investigation; the importance of addressing the mental health needs of first responders and investigators; how cultural and religious concerns can impact death investigation; and basic types of traumatic injury.

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Forensic Science Award Winners Announced

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) announced in October the winners of its 2014 August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award.

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Smartphone App Launched to Catch Animal Abusers

National Sheriffs’ Association and The Humane Society of the United States partner on new tool to combat animal cruelty

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Vacuum Metal Deposition Webinar

NIJ's Forensic Science Technology Center or Excellence (through RTI International) will host a free webinar October 22, 2014 on Vacuum Metal Deposition.

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SANE/SAFE/SART Best Practices Workshop Online

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence’s SANE/SAFE/SART Best Practices workshop is now available online. The workshop brought together sexual assault researchers, practitioners and stakeholders to develop a landscape analysis of the best practices in sexual assault response and training curricula. The workshop covered evidence collection, analysis and management as well as victim-centric care.

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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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