Webinar: NIBIN Challenges and Opportunities

A webinar on Thursday, January 24, 2019 will discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding the implementation of the NIBIN program. NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) is a national database of digital images of spent bullets and cartridge cases that were found at crime scenes or test-fired from confiscated weapons. The system is managed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

New Book: Homicide

A new book by Wayne Petherick and Natasha Peterick, titled Homicide, examines the incidence and prevalence of homicide in major western nations. It covers the biological, psychological, and social roots of homicide from genetic and evolutionary perspectives, but also considering emotions and influence of peers.

Forensic Nursing Conference Coming July 2019 to Indianapolis

The Academy of Forensic Nursing will present its Regional Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana July 15-16, 2019. The conference is entitled "Beyond the Bedside: Increasing the Footprint of Forensic Nursing".

NIST Evaluation Shows Advance in Face Recognition

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released an evaluation of facial recognition software. The report, which evaluated 127 software algorithms from 39 different developers, found that between 2014 and 2018, the software got 20 times better at searching a database to find a matching photograph.

IAFN Responds to CNN's "Destroyed" Investigation

CNN's reporting on rape kit destruction sheds light on a critical matter, says a statement by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. But it casts a dark shadow on the medical exam that is necessary to collect evidence for those rape kits.

CSI Terminated for Using Personal ALS at Crime Scene

An October 26, 2018 press release from the Houston Forensic Science Center in Houston, Texas stated that a crime scene investigator was terminated "following an investigation into a quality incident that revealed she had violated policy and protocol while conducting work on evidence."

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Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.