ON THE COVER: Fire investigation can be performed in two stages. The first involves examination of the fire scene to determine the cause of the fire, its origin, and the development/spread of the fire. The second stage involves laboratory analysis of samples recovered from a fire scene, normally when arson is suspsected. Read more in the current issue of ETM.



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Forensic Investigation in Fire & Arson Cases

This article is divided into two sections: The first part deals with the basic methodology which is to be adopted during the investigation of a fire; and the second part features a case study with photographs. The purpose of this report is to give a brief and relatively simplistic approach to the investigation of fire/arson cases.

NIST Tests Forensic Methods for Mobile Phone Data Acquisition

Researchers at NIST have tested how well several hardware- and software-based methods work for recovering data from damaged mobile devices.

Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography

Both the infrared and ultraviolet ranges of the spectrum have forensic applications, but capturing images utilizing their illumination requires special care and equipment.

The Dog's Nose and Scent

This excerpt from Detector Dogs and Scent Movement provides an overview of the internal and external aerodynamics of the nose that make a dog's sense of smell such a valuable tool in search and rescue operations.

The Upside of Quarantine

Now is a great time to leverage an opportunity to evaluate safety protocols and trends for evidence custodians—not just to protect us from COVID-19 exposure, but from all of the hazards that accompany the routine storage and management of evidence.

Improving Rural Sexual Assault Evidence and Investigation

The provision of comprehensive sexual assault services is more difficult in rural and remote areas. The purpose of this paper is to review gaps in knowledge and comfort among professionals providing sexual assault services in rural areas — and to present a uniquely rural solution.

ALPR for All

Advancements in automatic license plate recognition technology provide wider range of use and effectiveness for investigative leads.

Tool Kit: Evidence Management

Here are a few products for your evidence management needs.

Digital Forensics Symposium Coming to Alexandria, VA in December 2019

The upcoming Digital Forensics for National Security Symposium, presented by Defense Strategies Institute (DSI), will bring together members of federal government agencies, DOD, US military services, academia, and industry in a "town-hall" type forum to discuss how digital forensics—sometimes called "computer forensics"—is advancing the application of scientific investigation into digital crimes, attacks, and intrusions at the national, state, and local levels.

GCC Forensics Exhibition & Conference Announces Agenda

GCC Forensics Conference & Exhibition is the must attend event for the entire forensic sector in the Middle East.The Conference Agenda for the 3rd edition of the GCC Forensics Conference, organized by Clarion Events, has been released. Following the unprecedented success of the first two editions of the event, there was an overwhelming response to the Call for Abstracts and the agenda is packed full of first-rate speakers from around the world.

Upcoming Conference: GCC Forensics Conference and Exhibition

GCC Forensics Conference & Exhibition is the must attend event for the entire forensic sector in the Middle East.

Don't Miss the World's Largest Meeting for DNA Forensics

DNA typing was in its infancy, RFLP was state of the art and the world-wide web was years in the future when the first International Symposium on Human Identification was held in 1989. Thirty years later both forensic science and ISHI have progressed in ways that would have seemed unlikely three decades ago.

Four Ways to Recover DVR Video Evidence

One of the best resources available to you at a crime scene is the video footage found within nearby surveillance cameras. Whether you are a Crime Scene Investigator, a Detective, or a Digital Forensics Specialist… knowing how to properly and safely recover video evidence from DVR surveillance is vital to the success of your investigation. There are four main ways to recover DVR surveillance footage, both on-scene and back in your crime lab.

Is Your Laboratory Looking for a 3D Imaging System for Cartridges and Bullets?

The Evofinder® Automated Ballistic Identifications system provides a unique solution for 3D imaging of both bullets and cartridge cases with a high degree of accuracy and speed as well as providing automatic correlations with statistical analysis. The Evofinder® system is uniquely capable in its ability to capture both pristine and deformed evidence in 3D, quickly and accurately.


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.