New Virtual Training Guidelines Announced

December 15, 2020 — The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) announced new policy and guidelines for providers developing training programs during the COVID-19 era using "virtual" means.

DOJ Announces Use of Body-Worn Cameras on Federal Task Forces

October 29, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that it will permit state, local, territorial, and tribal task force officers to use body-worn cameras on federal task forces across the country.

Nearly $3 Million Awarded to Address Female Genital Mutilation

October 30, 2020 — Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan announced that the Office of Justice Programs has awarded nearly $3 million to build or enhance community responses to address the needs of victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) and cutting. This grant program, the first from OJP to address this crime, will also provide targeted technical assistance to inform frontline providers on how to identify and serve victims and persons at risk of being victimized.

Photodocumentation Protocol Available for Free Download

November 18, 2020 — One key to any investigation is proper photodocumentation. Getting it right the first time is especially important when completing photodocumentation on individuals who are victims of a sexual assault.

Police Partnership on Domestic Violence Leads to New Law, Award

November 3, 2020 — A partnership between Purdue University and some top law enforcement agencies in South Korea is leading to lasting changes for the handling of domestic violence calls in South Korea. It also has led to a top honor for a law enforcement leader.

Scholarships Available for 2021 EVAWI Conference

November 18, 2020 — The organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) recently announced that the Academy of Forensic Nursing (AFN) is sponsoring four opportunities for criminal justice professionals to attend their 2021 Virtual Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Trauma and Resilience.

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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.