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Hand-Held Multispectral Camera for CSI

In an NIJ-funded grant report, "Hand-Held Multispectral Camera for Crime Scene Investigation," author John Federici discusses how researchers developed a compact, lightweight multispectral camera for the detection of latent blood stains and fingerprints at crime scenes. The report suggests that the camera could accelerate rapid screening and investigative feedback at crime scenes.

 

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Study Examines Link Between First Responders and Suicide

A white paper commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation has revealed that first responders (policemen and firefighters) are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. In 2017, there were at least 103 firefighter suicides and 140 police officer suicides. In contrast, 93 firefighters and 129 police officers died in the line of duty. Suicide is a result of mental illness, including depression and PTSD, which stems from constant exposure to death and destruction.

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Rice Univ Team's Drones Aren't Just for Show

Light-laden drones over the Super Bowl and Olympics were attractive demonstrations of the technology, but Rice University students have higher aspirations for their flying flocks.

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Understanding Victim Trauma

As part of its FAQ miniseries with nationally recognized experts on the neurobiology of trauma, the organization End Violence Against Women International recently released a series of videos with Dr. James W. Hopper, instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.

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New Partnership Combats Child Sexual Exploitation Crimes

Child Rescue Coalition (CRC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to combatting the sexual exploitation of children, today announced its partnership with Magnet Forensics, a global leader in the development of digital investigation software. The partnership will further enable child exploitation investigators’ efforts to better identify and convict perpetrators and use technology to rescue and protect children.

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Learning About Aquatic Death Investigation

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently published an In-Brief document that summarizes the key points taken from an October 2017 class, Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigation.

 

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Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.

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