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Be ready for anything.

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR ANYTHING, because anything could happen at any time. That is one of the goals of this magazine: to expose our readers to various case studies, unique tools, and original ideas. That way, when an unusual situation arises in the field, you might look for that one clue or that one piece of evidence that makes all the difference in the way the case is processed or progresses.

This issue may meet that goal more than any other, thanks to our “Forensic Tips” feature (Page 10). Over the last year, we have compiled a small library of short, simple tips from detectives, patrol officers, crime-scene analysts, and other professionals working in the field of crime-scene investigation and forensic science. You will find many of those tips published here in eight pages. Some are practical ideas that you may already use, but others you may have never even thought of trying. Some are useful solutions to rare or unusual situations, such as how to recover fingerprints from the sticky gel on a rodent glue-trap. Some ideas are budget savers. And others tips suggest the use of “found” objects that are almost entirely free.

Reading through Evidence Technology Magazine can also help demonstrate how preparing for anything will give your agency a distinct advantage in the face of unthinkable events. For example, the Killeen (Texas) Police Department used asset forfeiture funds in 2007 to acquire a 3D laser scanner to help them document crime scenes. With a relatively small population of about 120,000 people, they probably never expected what happened next: in the course of one year, they were called in to use their 3D laser scanner to document two high-profile acts of terrorism (Page 20).

Our publication’s objective is not to tell you how to do your job. We are here to show you how others get their jobs done. We hope that you read these articles, process that information, and use your own intuition and ingenuity to bring your best game to the next surprising, unexpected, or unthinkable case.

Kristi Mayo, editor
Evidence Technology Magazine

"Be Ready for Anything," written by Kristi Mayo
September-October 2010 (Volume 8, Number 5)
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