CRIME SCENE NEWS
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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Efficiency in Processing Sexual Assault Kits

A report funded by the National Institute of Justice and prepared by researchers at RTI International examines the most efficient practices for submitting and processing sexual assault kits (SAKs), and provides recommendations based on findings from surveys of crime laboratories and law enforcement agencies, and site visits with six jurisdictions that included a law enforcement agency, its corresponding laboratory, and a prosecutor's office.

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NIJ Examines Impact of Mobile Technology on Law Enforcement

The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice recently announced an article online that discusses how the use of mobile broadband technology improves law enforcement operations. The article provides valuable guidance for agencies considering installing a wireless network.

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Webinar: Opioids and Death Investigation

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is presenting a webinar, "Opioids and Death Investigation: A 'Perfect Storm'", on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 1-2 p.m. EDT. The webinar will explore the intersection of the opioid epidemic with the work of the United States' medical examiners and coroners.

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Study Looks at Impacts of State DNA Database Laws

Research has shown that DNA databases are effective tools for reducing crime at a state level — but how do the DNA database policies in one state affect crime rates in other states? A study by Jennifer Doleac of the University of Virginia, funded by the National Institute of Justice, sought to examine those effects.

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Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit Announced

On August 2, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the formation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, a new Department of Justice pilot program to utilize data to help combat the devastating opioid crisis that is ravaging families and communities across America.

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New Books

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Most forensic disciplines attempt to determine the “who” of a crime. But bloodstain pattern analysis focuses on the “what happened” part of a crime. This book is the third edition of Blood-stain Pattern Analysis. The authors explore the topic in depth, explaining what it is, how it is used, and the practical methodologies that are employed to achieve defensible results. It offers practical, common-sense advice and tips for both novices and professionals. www.crcpress.com

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