Forensic Investigation in Fire & Arson Cases

This article is divided into two sections: The first part deals with the basic methodology which is to be adopted during the investigation of a fire; and the second part features a case study with photographs. The purpose of this report is to give a brief and relatively simplistic approach to the investigation of fire/arson cases.

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ALPR for All

Advancements in automatic license plate recognition technology provide wider range of use and effectiveness for investigative leads.

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Improving Rural Sexual Assault Evidence and Investigation

The provision of comprehensive sexual assault services is more difficult in rural and remote areas. The purpose of this paper is to review gaps in knowledge and comfort among professionals providing sexual assault services in rural areas — and to present a uniquely rural solution.

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The Upside of Quarantine

Now is a great time to leverage an opportunity to evaluate safety protocols and trends for evidence custodians—not just to protect us from COVID-19 exposure, but from all of the hazards that accompany the routine storage and management of evidence.

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The Dog's Nose and Scent

This excerpt from Detector Dogs and Scent Movement provides an overview of the internal and external aerodynamics of the nose that make a dog's sense of smell such a valuable tool in search and rescue operations.

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Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography

Both the infrared and ultraviolet ranges of the spectrum have forensic applications, but capturing images utilizing their illumination requires special care and equipment.

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NIST Tests Forensic Methods for Mobile Phone Data Acquisition

Researchers at NIST have tested how well several hardware- and software-based methods work for recovering data from damaged mobile devices.

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Tool Kit: Evidence Management

Here are a few products for your evidence management needs.

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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.

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