CRIME SCENE NEWS
Program Aims to Assist Officers in Crisis

To help officers affected by critical incidents in the field, such as colleagues who are injured or killed, officer-involved shootings, suicides, accident scenes, or wildfires, the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) in Huntsville, Texas is launching The Texas Law Enforcement Assistance Program (TX LEAP).

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Rise of Computer-Cop

The fires of Britain’s worst riots for a generation were still smouldering when the first images of the suspects began appearing. In the next few hours hundreds more were released across the nation on police websites and the photosharing site Flickr, which is viewed by millions.

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Training Calendar - Investigation

This is just a brief listing of training courses from now through December that might be of interest to those working in crime-scene investigation or forensic science. Many more listings can be found on our online Training Calendar.

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Case Study: Face Recognition in Criminal Investigations

With the expanded use of video surveillance cameras and camera equipped mobile phones throughout the world, we are seeing an explosion of available crime scene video/still photo evidence that contains suspect face images.

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California appelate court bans collection of DNA from arrestees

LOS ANGELES – District Attorney Steve Cooley announced in an August 15, 2011 press release that he has urged the California Attorney General to seek state Supreme Court review of this month’s appellate ruling prohibiting collecting DNA samples from arrestees.

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Smartphones and Law Enforcement

This article from the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) newsletter, TechBeat, explains the potential benefits of smartphones for law-enforcement personnel — as well as some important considerations when purchasing smartphones.

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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.

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