Editorial: About Face

Your face. It’s the oldest biometric there is. From picking a loved one out of a crowd, to identifying an individual who is a potential threat, our minds evolved to read faces thousands of years ago. Today, technology is just catching up.

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Tool Kit: Evidence Tracking

 Here are some products to help with evidence tracking.

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For the First Time: NCMEC Uses Color for Facial Reconstruction

ONE FALL WEEKEND IN 1985, on a sprawling ranch in Parker County in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a father and son were walking the property, looking for a possible home site. Instead, they were stopped in their tracks by a startling discovery: a murder scene.

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Drone Applications in Public Safety

Convergence is the key to greater drone adoption in public safety

DRONES PLAY AN INTEGRAL ROLE in life-or-death operations for the search-and-rescue teams, first responders, and firefighters that use them. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being called upon to enable integral and crucial safety decisions, whether they're employed to create 3D-modeled maps of disaster scenes, thermal maps of buildings, or a bird's eye view of a search-and-rescue operation.

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Facial Recognition in Law Enforcement

MUCH HAS HAPPENED in the evolution of facial recognition technology through the years, and many in this field would argue that some of the most exciting developments have happened in just the past few years. 

But first, a quick review.

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Saliva and Detergents

IN THE REALM OF FORENSIC SCIENCE, false positive results are a serious consideration. The tests that are utilized in a forensic science laboratory should be fully validated, and the scientists should be aware of any problems that can occur (National Research Council). Several detergents and other soap products contain bacterial amylase (Niyonzima) (Hole). This study delves into false positive results that can transpire from detergents or detergent residues when testing for saliva using the Phadebas Tube Test.

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Camera-Based Evidence Control

YOUR AGENCY HAS INVESTED IN CAMERAS—whether body-worn, dash, or even fixed surveillance—but do you have the technological experience to properly manage the evidence that comes from that investment?

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Navigating Interview Recording Compliance for Law Enforcement

ALL ACROSS THE NATION, public safety professionals are working hard to defend our rights and protect the peace. Whether they’re serving out in the community or managing cases in the office, their jobs demand the best technology available. Making sure police departments have the right tools can make all the difference for justice to play out.

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Book Excerpt: Reasoning Backwards

EVEN IF HE WASN’T THE FIRST FICTION DETECTIVE ever portrayed, Sherlock Holmes is without a doubt the most enduring and influential fictional detective of all time.

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NIST Corner: Free Software for Detecting Fentanyl

FENTANYL, THE SYNTHETIC DRUG that is driving a nationwide overdose epidemic, is not only a killer. It’s also a shape shifter. Illicit chemists are constantly cooking up new forms of fentanyl, each with a slightly different chemical structure, stymieing law enforcement and putting users at greater risk.

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Product News

Six interchangeable LED lamps

highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to: www.spectroline.com

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