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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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Webinar: Opioids and Death Investigation

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is presenting a webinar, "Opioids and Death Investigation: A 'Perfect Storm'", on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 1-2 p.m. EDT. The webinar will explore the intersection of the opioid epidemic with the work of the United States' medical examiners and coroners.

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Study Looks at Impacts of State DNA Database Laws

Research has shown that DNA databases are effective tools for reducing crime at a state level — but how do the DNA database policies in one state affect crime rates in other states? A study by Jennifer Doleac of the University of Virginia, funded by the National Institute of Justice, sought to examine those effects.

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Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit Announced

On August 2, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the formation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, a new Department of Justice pilot program to utilize data to help combat the devastating opioid crisis that is ravaging families and communities across America.

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Webinar: "Reading" Victims and Judging Credibility

The organization End Violence Against Women International recently announced a webinar on Friday, September 15 at 1 p.m. EDT titled "Reading" Victims and Judging Credibility - Best Practices in Promoting Victim Centered Investigations and Prosecutions. The program will demonstrate how to effectively read victims, perceive victim needs, and judge credibility, in order to develop areas of common ground necessary to build solid relationships and enhance successful investigations and prosecutions, from the crime scene to the courtroom.

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Editorial

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES of writing and editing a magazine is telling a story in a relatively small amount of space. Sometimes it seems like there is never enough room to say everything that needs to be said. I find myself making tough decisions about what parts stay and what parts go.

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