CRIME SCENE NEWS
NIJ Looks at Microbial Evidence

June 24, 2021 — The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice recently published an article summarizing NIJ-funded microbial forensic research and projects taking place across the United States.

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Rap Lyrics as Evidence

June 24, 2021 — Criminology and legal experts at the University of California, Irvine have released Rap on Trial: A Legal Guide for Attorneys, to help protect artists from having their lyrics used against them in court.

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Group Developing Tool for Finding Evidence in Real Time

June 24, 2021 — The NIJ recently made a final technical report available featuring research and development of a method for quickly surveying a crime scene in real-time for potential evidence such as biological fluids, trace materials, and prints.

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Publication Focuses on Family-Friendly Practices in Law Enforcement

June 21, 2021 — As part of their effort to create a suite of publications focusing on creating an organizational culture of wellness for officers and their support networks, the COPS Office recently released a publication titled "Family Matters: Executive Guide for Developing Family-Friendly Law Enforcement Policies, Procedures, and Culture".

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Grants Address Illicit Drugs and Officer Wellness

May 19, 2021 — The Justice Department recently announced that the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has released approximately $58 million in three grant solicitations that will advance community policing, help combat the dual scourges of opioid and methamphetamine use, and promote the health and safety of our nation’s law enforcement officers.

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Jurisdictions Get Help from BJA with Drug Disposal

May 19, 2021 — The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance recently awarded nearly $700,000 to launch the Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program. This program will help eight jurisdictions across the country purchase drug disposal and collection equipment, and complements existing federal take-back efforts, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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Product News

Six interchangeable LED lamps

highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to: www.spectroline.com

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