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Tool Kit: Showcase for Forensic Products

Browse all 19 products in this edition of Tool Kit.

What is Trauma Informed Care?

TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE has become a popular term that is commonly referenced today in a myriad of systems, such as schools, substance use treatment, health care and behavioral health. Yet its application into practice has much variability.

How Digital Technology is Transforming Policing in the Future

ADVANCEMENTS IN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES have changed our lives forever. Today we can access practically any digital services we want—e-mails, text messages, photos, videos, apps, and more—with just a few keystrokes, almost anywhere, anytime.

Solving Shootings. Building Trust.

A BLOGGER NAMED RAY GUIDETTI recently posted an article entitled: “Foiling a Cops & Lobsters Perception: Through Technology, Transparency & Trust”. Guidetti, a former state trooper, now works as a public safety change agent at Motorola Solutions. He retired a couple years back from the New Jersey State Police as the Deputy Superintendent of Investigations. He remains a true friend of law enforcement and believes, as many others do, that it takes a balance of people, processes, and technology to sustain an effective, intelligence-led policing effort (Gagliardi 2019).

Top 10 Resolutions for Evidence Managers

IT'S THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR: the time when people like to make resolutions. It’s easy at the very beginning. We’re all excited… and then, all of a sudden, something happens and we get into the third, fourth, and fifth day of the new year and life kicks in. Soon, you find yourself saying, I can’t believe it's been a year since I didn't become a better person.

How 3D Laser Scanning Systems are Changing Crime Scene Documentation

WHEN IT COMES TO RECORDING A CRIME SCENE, most reconstruction experts would agree that it just takes a significant amount of time. This is a primary reason why so many law enforcement agencies and private reconstruction firms have turned within the past several years to using 3D scene capture technologies. The predominant and highly popular solution is the LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), which is also commonly referred to as a 3D laser scanner or terrestrial scanner.

Dealing with Deepfakes

“SEEING IS BELIEVING.” Or, rather, that’s what we used to say. Since the beginning of time, seeing a fact or a piece of news depicted in an image was far more compelling than reading it, let alone hearing about it from someone else. This power of visual content probably stemmed from its immediacy: looking at a picture takes less effort and training than reading text, or even listening to words. Then, the advent of photography brought an additional flavor of undisputable objectivity. Thanks to photography, pictures could be used as a reliable recording of events.

Woman Identified Through Genetic Genealogy After Almost 55 Years

January 20, 2021—A young woman’s identity was brought to light this week, almost 55 years after she was found drowned in Pecos, Texas motel swimming pool. The case came together through DNA technology, genetic genealogy, community support, and teamwork.

UW-Platteville Criminal Justice Program Recognized as Top in Country

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's reputation as a leader in distance education has been recognized again, as Online School Report noted the criminal justice program as one of the Best Online Master's Degrees in Criminal Justice in the country.

New Trends in Today's World of Evidence Management

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES maintain an extensive inventory of crime scene evidence. The proper tagging, labeling, and marking of evidence provides a chain of custody to support the claim of evidence presented in court is the same evidence that was collected at a crime scene. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology can facilitate, standardize, and automate inventory for law enforcement evidence management.


New Books

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Most forensic disciplines attempt to determine the “who” of a crime. But bloodstain pattern analysis focuses on the “what happened” part of a crime. This book is the third edition of Blood-stain Pattern Analysis. The authors explore the topic in depth, explaining what it is, how it is used, and the practical methodologies that are employed to achieve defensible results. It offers practical, common-sense advice and tips for both novices and professionals.