CRIME SCENE NEWS
Forensic Odontology Conference Offers Hands-On Training

All That Remains, a Forensic Odontology National Conference, will give dental professionals unique exposure to current forensic dentistry methods and provide hands-on training for individual and mass-disaster casualty identification in death investigations.

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Evaluation of Device for Collection of Postmortem Prints

A grant report authored by Marzena Mulawka and Mike Troy describes an NIJ-funded project that evaluated the potential for using a contactless, 3D fingerprint scanner for the capture of examination-quality postmortem fingerprints.

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Webinar: Animal DNA in Criminal Investigations

A webinar on June 29, 2017, hosted by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will provide an overview of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Forensic Unit at UC Davis, and the types of cases encountered in a non-human DNA laboratory. Also included will be the DNA analysis in dogs and sampling and submission of evidence.

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Property Room News - May 2017

Police property and evidence rooms get a lot of media attention, both positive and negative. Here are a few of the recent P&E headlines.

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Evaluation of a Novel Fluorescent Dye

A study recently published by NIJ sought to identify and test a fluorescent dye that will effectively and visibly stain ano-genital tears and abrasions to improve visibility on dark-skinned individuals, given that the use of toluidine blue (TB) to stain such injuries on white skin is not readily visible on dark skin.

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Protecting First Responders from Fentanyl

Dan Kallen, a detective in southern New Jersey, was searching a home with fellow officers in August 2015, when they found a bag of white powder. Kallen removed a scoop of powder for testing. When he was done, he closed the bag, and a bit of air escaped, carrying a puff of powder with it. It was enough to send Kallen and a fellow officer to the emergency room.

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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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