Editorial: Your Resource: A to Z

EVERY YEAR WE LOOK FORWARD to bringing you the most comprehensive directory of crime scene and forensic products and services, the Evidence Resource Guide. In this issue, you’ll find the 2018 edition features 200 companies that specifically serve this niche of law enforcement, with offerings ranging from Access Control to X-Ray. This year, we added to the listings Facebook and Twitter links for many of these companies, so you can be social and follow them throughout the year.

I think you’ll also be pleased with the lineup of articles in this issue. ETM Advisory Board member Dwane Hilderbrand authored a back-to-basics look at the oft-overlooked footwear and tire track evidence in “What You Need to Know About Footwear & Tire Tracks but Are Afraid to Ask”. You’ll also learn more about how software can do the heavy lifting when authenticating images, and another detailed article walks you through the use of high dynamic range photography at the crime scene .

Two other articles really stood out to me in this issue. First is the article on Operation Identification, a project out of Texas State University. The story calls to attention the surprising number of people who have died crossing the border from Mexico to the United States—and, due to lack of funding and resources—have been buried unidentified, often in unmarked graves. A dedicated team is working to exhume and identify these remains, using any means possible, from DNA to recovery of personal effects to facial reconstruction.

The other article focuses on the needs of property and evidence room personnel. Author Sherri Reaume, civilian supervisor of her agency’s property and evidence unit, explains the everyday operation of a P&E unit, and the responsibilities of the personnel who work there. She highlights the risks and challenges they face, and identifies ways that law enforcement administrators can help ensure a successful operation in the property and evidence room.

This has been a fun issue to pull together—and I hope you’ll find it useful, as well.

—Kristi Mayo, Editor
Evidence Technology Magazine


This article appeared in the Winter 2017 Issue of Evidence Technology Magazine.

 
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