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Infrared Thermal Imaging for Use in Restoration of Defaced Serial Numbers

A grant report funded and recently released by the National Institute of Justice focuses on research that aimed to determine if infrared imaging techniques complemented with multivariate image processing could be used to recover defaced serial numbers.

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Working with People with Disabilities

The organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) recently shared an interview with disability expert and former EVAWI Director Shirley Paceley. In her interview, Paceley highlights the importance of creating equal access to the criminal justice system. This includes understanding disability etiquette, and how to re-tool your thinking when working with victims with disabilities.

 

 

 

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Fostering Innovation in U.S. Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is calling for a virtual information repository — a single-source for capturing and sharing law enforcement information. This is one finding of the Second Law Enforcement Advisory Panel, a group convened in fiscal year 2016 as part of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative, which aims to identify current challenges and innovation needs in the U.S. law enforcement system.

 

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Webinar Focuses on Corroborating Evidence and Case Review

EVAW International recently announced a webinar on December 1, 2017 titled "After the Interview - Now the Work Begins: Corroborating Evidence and Case Review". The 90-minute webinar will be presented by Sgt. Richard Mankewich with the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando, Florida, and Assistant State Attorney Kelly Hicks with the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orange County, Florida.

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Victims and Offenders Were of the Same Race in Half of Violent Crimes

A report released last week by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that half (51 percent) of violent victimizations from 2012 to 2015 were interracial, meaning victims and offenders were the same race or were both of Hispanic origin. Violent victimization includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault. During the 4-year aggregated period from 2012 to 2015, U.S. residents experienced 5.8 million violent victimizations each year.

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OJP Awards More than $28.3 Million to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced on September 14, 2017 the award of more than $28.3 million in funding to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to support efforts to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.

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