Tool Gathers Video and Photo Evidence from the Public

Amateur photographers and videographers — a.k.a. everyday smartphone users - are everywhere. Whenever a major criminal event occurs, such as the Boston Marathon bombing or the Vancouver hockey riots, a treasure trove of potential evidence awaits the eyes of investigators in the form of smartphone photos and videos. But how can an agency make it easy and even feasible to collect all of that data?

An article in the September-October 2014 issue of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center publication TechBeat, "Law Enforcement Agencies Can Follow the 'LEEDIR' to Secure Data Storage," explains how agencies such as the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office can utilize a new service, the Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository (LLEDIR), to gather evidence from private smartphones and surveillance cameras and store it in the Cloud for investigative use. The service is free for qualifying events.

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Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.