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Blood of King Identified After 80 Years

The death of King Albert I of Belgium in 1934 – officially a climbing accident – still fuels speculation. Forensic geneticist Maarten Larmuseau and his colleagues at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) have now compared DNA from blood found on the scene in 1934 to that of two distant relatives. Their analysis confirms that the blood really is that of Albert I. This conclusion is at odds with several conspiracy theories about the king’s death.

 

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IADLEST 2016 Conference Update

More than 240 law enforcement executives gathered June 5-8, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for intensive training, information sharing, fellowship and business networking during a conference hosted by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). Attendees represented 42 states throughout the USA, as well as representatives from 14 other countries, including Albania, Algeria, Bosnia, the Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Philippines, Nigeria, Nepal, Mexico, Colombia, Kosovo, Indonesia, South Africa and Pakistan.

 

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3rd Annual AISOCC Educational Conference Wrap-up

The AISOCC 3rd Annual Educational Conference, June 26-29, 2016 in St. Louis, started the week on Sunday with a Presidential Reception and Book Signing Event. Many AISOCC authors and vendors had their books on display for purchase and personal autographing for the conference attendees. President Kenneth Mains opened Monday ceremonies and Vice President Dr. Laura Pettler introduced and welcomed the conference vendors.

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Quantifying the Weight of Forensic Evidence

On May 5 and 6, 2016, NIST hosted a technical colloquium on an important question facing virtually every branch of forensic science today: How should forensic examiners quantify the weight of evidence they find in a case? This was the first technical colloquium in the United States to focus specifically on this issue, and it generated an animated and much needed exchange of ideas.

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Explaining the 2015 Homicide Rise

When media reports indicated that there was an increase in the number of homicides across U.S. cities in 2015, NIJ commissioned a white paper by Dr. Richard Rosenfeld to examine the size and scope of the homicide increase based on data collected from police departments in 56 U.S. cities. The paper explores several possible explanations to this rise and identifies what further data and research is needed to confirm which explanations contributed to the increase in homicides. 

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NIJ, IACP Offer Scholarships for 2016 IACP Conference

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to offer 10 merit-based scholarships for mid-rank law enforcement officers to attend the 2016 IACP Annual Conference and Expo in San Diego, California, as part of the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) program.

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Item of Interest

The language barrier between English-speaking investigators and Spanish-speaking witnesses is a growing problem. (Updated 28 February 2011)

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