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Independent Evaluation of Fingerprint Technology Reveals Benefits Over Existing Processes

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July 21, 2021 — Speak to fingerprint examiners about a new technology that can develop marks on fired ammunition and most will be skeptical. Some will have previously had their fingers burned, perhaps having invested considerable funds into the purchase of equipment that promised but failed to deliver. The rest will tell you that it’s just plain impossible—many laboratories simply do not process bullet casings for this very reason. However, that has now changed thanks to RECOVER, a unique fingerprint fuming technology capable of revealing “previously difficult or impossible” fingerprints on metallic surfaces.

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OSAC Drafting Standards for Sexual Assault Examinations

July 21, 2021 — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), which is administered by NIST, will launch a new subcommittee that will draft standards for collecting physical evidence from victims of sexual assault. The goal of the new standards will be to improve the quality of care for victims and help ensure that evidence is properly collected and preserved until a crime lab can analyze it. OSAC is seeking experts to serve on the new forensic nursing subcommittee, named for the professional caregivers who conduct many sexual assault examinations.

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DOJ Provides Funding for Body-Worn Cameras to Small, Rural, Tribal LE

July 7, 2021 — The Justice Department recently announced that the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is releasing $7.65 million in a competitive microgrant grant solicitation that will fund body-worn cameras (BWCs) to any law enforcement department with 50 or fewer full-time sworn personnel; rural agencies (those agencies within non-urban or non-metro counties); and federally-recognized tribal agencies.

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Free Drone Pilot Training for First Responders

July 12, 2021 — From raging wildfires out west, to devastating building collapses on the east, police and firefighters constantly rise to the challenge of keeping Americans safe. Now, Aquiline Drones (AD), a commercial drone manufacturing and cloud technology company in Connecticut, is returning the favor. Specifically, AD is offering free drone pilot training in the company’s Flight to the Future (F2F) program to all police officers and firefighters nationwide from now until the end of the year. Several police and firefighting squads in the state have already enrolled in the proprietary program, which costs $1,299 for other participants.

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House Hearing Calls for Regulation in Facial Recognition Technology

July 20, 2021 — A hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on July 13 featured a bipartisan call for federal regulation of facial recognition technology. Included among the researchers, public safety, policy, and law experts called as witnesses was Robert Williams, a man who was detained for 30 hours after facial recognition technology used by the Detroit Police falsely identified him as a shoplifting suspect.

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Independent Evaluation of Fingerprint Technology Reveals Benefits Over Existing Processes

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June 24, 2021 — Speak to fingerprint examiners about a new technology that can develop marks on fired ammunition and most will be skeptical. Some will have previously had their fingers burned, perhaps having invested considerable funds into the purchase of equipment that promised but failed to deliver. The rest will tell you that it’s just plain impossible—many laboratories simply do not process bullet casings for this very reason. However, that has now changed thanks to RECOVER, a unique fingerprint fuming technology capable of revealing “previously difficult or impossible” fingerprints on metallic surfaces.

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Editorial

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES of writing and editing a magazine is telling a story in a relatively small amount of space. Sometimes it seems like there is never enough room to say everything that needs to be said. I find myself making tough decisions about what parts stay and what parts go.

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