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Toolkit Launched for Overdose Fatality Reviews

February 17, 2021 — In October 2020, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, in partnership with the CDC, launched a new online package of tools to support the implementation of overdose fatality reviews. In recent years, OFRs have emerged as a promising and popular strategy against substance abuse through collaboration and data sharing.

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Webinar: Managing Cross-Border Digital Evidence in EU

February 17, 2021 — EEMA, an independent European think tank focused on identity, privacy and trust, recently announced it will host a High-Level Fireside webinar briefing on February 23, presenting "A New Common Approach to Manage Cross-Border Digital Evidence". The free webinar will consider improvements for sharing information between law enforcement and criminal justice departments across EU Member States, in order to preserve chain of custody and evidence admissibility in courts.

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New Data Shows Sharp Rise in Homicide in U.S. Cities in 2020

February 1, 2021 — Murders in major American cities continued to rise through the end of 2020, resulting in an unprecedented single-year spike, according to new research released today by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice and Arnold Ventures. Gun and other aggravated assaults increased, the data show, while property and drug crimes fell.

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NIJ Highlights Evidence-Based Policing in New Feature

February 17, 2021 — The National Institute of Justice recently introduced a new feature on its website, "Term of the Month", which promotes research-based definitions of criminal justice terminology. In the first edition of this feature, the NIJ focuses on Evidence-Based Policing.

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AFN Conference Seeks Proposals for Presentations, Posters

February 17, 2021 — The Academy of Forensic Nursing (AFN) is seeking abstract proposals for presentations and posters for its inaugural virtual conference, to be held June 9-10, 2021. The submission period for proposals is open from February 8 – March 8.

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How GNSS with Visual Positioning Makes Scene Investigations Fast and Failproof

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The use of high-precision GNSS RTK technology has a long history in land surveying. In public safety, the technology been used to support quick clearance of traffic incidents, the setting of ground control points for drone use, and efficient documentation of challenging outdoor crime scenes such as the Boston Marathon bombing and a stray-bullet homicide in Washington. Early adopters have highlighted the ability to work much faster than with other scene documentation methods in real-world coordinates with high accuracy.

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Recovering Latent Fingerprints from Cadavers

IN A HOMICIDE CASE, the recovery of latent impressions from a body is just one more step that should be taken in the process of completing a thorough search. This article is directed at crime-scene technicians and the supervisors who support and direct evidence-recovery operations both in the field and in the controlled settings of the medical examiner’s office or the morgue under the coroner’s direction.

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