New Study on Using License Plate Readers

License Plate Reader Systems (LPRs) are now being used by the majority of law enforcement agencies. When the photos of plates are compared against official lists of open infractions, LPRs act as ‘force multipliers'—they automate tasks that once took police officers hours to do manually.

The RAND Corporation has published new research on current use and potential applications for LPRs, their benefits and limits, and emerging practices. Based on the data, the authors make recommendations on how to improve LPR practice and procedures, including cooperation between agencies and data retention, storage and privacy concerns.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.