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Drone Forensics Gets a Boost With New Data on NIST Website

Aerial drones might someday deliver online purchases to your home. But in some prisons, drone delivery is already a thing. Drones have been spotted flying drugs, cell phones, and other contraband over prison walls, and in several cases, drug traffickers have used drones to ferry narcotics across the border.

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Grant Opportunity: Anti-Methamphetamine Program

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has announced the 2018 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP), a competitive grant program that advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.

 

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Grant Opportunity: Anti-Heroin Task Force Program

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has announced the 2018 Anti-Heroin Task Force Program, a competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for both heroin and other opioids.

 

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Insurance Grants Protect Police Dogs

This year, Petplan pet insurance welcomed 50 new working police dogs to its pack of protected pets. Thanks to a joint effort with the National Police Dog Foundation, the company was able to offer grants for a year of fully funded pet insurance to 50 K-9s (a tenfold increase from the five grants awarded last year).

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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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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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