Video: Expanding Sexual Assault Kit Testing

In a video presented during the National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium, September 8-9, 2016 in Washington, DC, members from the Nevada Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Working Group describe the importance of using a multidisciplinary, victim-centered approach in addressing complex issues that arise while responding to sexual assault.

Free Course: Crime Scene First Responder

August 30, 2016 — The International Crime Scene Investigators Association announced today their first online course, free to all law enforcement, anywhere in the world. The course is a refresher for patrol officers as first responders at the crime scene.


Registration Open for National Sexual Assault Symposium

NIJ, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, is hosting Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium on September 8-9, 2016. The symposium focuses on how the nation is moving forward and finding solutions to the complex issues that arise in sexual assault cases and in testing sexual assault evidence.

Rolling Wireless Net Improves First-Responder Communications

First responders often have trouble communicating with each other in emergencies. They may use different types of radios, or they may be working in rural areas lacking wireless coverage, or they may be deep inside large buildings that block connections.

Study Examines Effectiveness of SANE Intervention
A Practice Profile recently posted on the NIJ's website rates the effectiveness of utilizing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) in cases of rape and sexual assault. The results of the study were mixed, rating the practice effective for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections and the administration of emergency contraception, but the practice had "no effect" in the number of rape kits collected.
Archived Webinar: Fingerprint Reporting with Individualization

A webinar from the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence has been archived online: "New Paradigm for Fingerprint Reporting". In November 2015, the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) issued an Information Paper announcing the decision to cease the use of the terms “individualization” and “identification” in latent print technical reports and expert witness testimony.


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Image Clarification Workflow

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I received a call from Ocean Systems asking if I would like to beta test their newest software—ClearID v2.0 Image Clarification Workflow. The new progam has filters that were designed for use with Adobe’s Photoshop graphics-editing program.