How Forensic Research and Development Solves Crimes

Just as research and development in medicine is crucial to advancing public health, R&D in forensic science is crucial to improving public safety and the administration of justice. Since 2009, NIJ has awarded more than 250 grants worth more than $100 million for forensic science research. This portfolio has contributed significant changes to the way forensic scientists work by improving the reliability of forensic markers and measurements, validating processes, and increasing efficiencies through the development of technology or the retirement of weak methods.

Research and development is criminal justice’s silent but powerful partner. Strengthening the scientific foundation of forensics helps law enforcement identify suspects more quickly, prosecutors bring charges more accurately, and defense lawyers exonerate the innocent. NIJ’s investment in forensic R&D is our most enduring contribution to criminal justice.

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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: