ON THE COVER: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children recently began utilizing DNA phenotyping to help predict physical traits, including eye, hair, and skin color, facial features, freckling, and ancestry. More realistic facial reconstructions may help lead to more identifications. See full article here.

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NIST Corner: Free Software for Detecting Fentanyl

FENTANYL, THE SYNTHETIC DRUG that is driving a nationwide overdose epidemic, is not only a killer. It’s also a shape shifter. Illicit chemists are constantly cooking up new forms of fentanyl, each with a slightly different chemical structure, stymieing law enforcement and putting users at greater risk.

Book Excerpt: Reasoning Backwards

EVEN IF HE WASN’T THE FIRST FICTION DETECTIVE ever portrayed, Sherlock Holmes is without a doubt the most enduring and influential fictional detective of all time.

Navigating Interview Recording Compliance for Law Enforcement

ALL ACROSS THE NATION, public safety professionals are working hard to defend our rights and protect the peace. Whether they’re serving out in the community or managing cases in the office, their jobs demand the best technology available. Making sure police departments have the right tools can make all the difference for justice to play out.

Camera-Based Evidence Control

YOUR AGENCY HAS INVESTED IN CAMERAS—whether body-worn, dash, or even fixed surveillance—but do you have the technological experience to properly manage the evidence that comes from that investment?

Saliva and Detergents

IN THE REALM OF FORENSIC SCIENCE, false positive results are a serious consideration. The tests that are utilized in a forensic science laboratory should be fully validated, and the scientists should be aware of any problems that can occur (National Research Council). Several detergents and other soap products contain bacterial amylase (Niyonzima) (Hole). This study delves into false positive results that can transpire from detergents or detergent residues when testing for saliva using the Phadebas Tube Test.

Facial Recognition in Law Enforcement

MUCH HAS HAPPENED in the evolution of facial recognition technology through the years, and many in this field would argue that some of the most exciting developments have happened in just the past few years. 

But first, a quick review.

Drone Applications in Public Safety

Convergence is the key to greater drone adoption in public safety

DRONES PLAY AN INTEGRAL ROLE in life-or-death operations for the search-and-rescue teams, first responders, and firefighters that use them. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being called upon to enable integral and crucial safety decisions, whether they're employed to create 3D-modeled maps of disaster scenes, thermal maps of buildings, or a bird's eye view of a search-and-rescue operation.

For the First Time: NCMEC Uses Color for Facial Reconstruction

ONE FALL WEEKEND IN 1985, on a sprawling ranch in Parker County in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a father and son were walking the property, looking for a possible home site. Instead, they were stopped in their tracks by a startling discovery: a murder scene.

Tool Kit: Evidence Tracking

 Here are some products to help with evidence tracking.

Editorial: About Face

Your face. It’s the oldest biometric there is. From picking a loved one out of a crowd, to identifying an individual who is a potential threat, our minds evolved to read faces thousands of years ago. Today, technology is just catching up.

Making DVR Video Recovery Possible

DVR Examiner is a software solution for the recovery of video and metadata from DVR surveillance systems in a forensically sound manner. This game changing software can help agencies save time and money when recovering video evidence by recovering data directly from the DVR, bypassing passwords to recover video, including deleted data, from a DVR.

Property and Evidence Training in North Carolina

The North Carolina Association for Property and Evidence will host its 2018 Spring Training Conference in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, March 19 - 21, 2018.

A New Way to Store Property and Evidence

Get more capacity within your budget and current space

Maintaining a secure chain of custody is key to maintaining the integrity of cases in your community – and the key to maintaining your chain of custody is an organized, well-thought-out evidence storage system. But if your evidence room is already overflowing and funding for a new facility is years away, it can feel impossible to keep your property and evidence room compliant with best practices.

Future Police Technology Conference Comes to UAE November 2017

 Future Police Technology UAE, which will take place on November 13-14, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, is officially supported by the Ministry of Interior in the UAE. This initiative is part of the Ministry's Future Foresight Series and will provide a platform for key decision makers to develop forward-looking strategies and plans to shape the future and improve national security, detect crimes, solve cases, protect assets, and improve public safety.


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.