CRIME SCENE NEWS
Honoring "Death Care" Workers

April 30, 2020 — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, the media and public has turned their attention to workers — including first responders, paramedics, nurses, and doctors — who are on the front lines of the crisis. But a retired deputy medical examiner, Vidal "El Muerto" Herrera, recognized there was one profession that seemed largely overlooked: medical examiners and coroners.

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Report on Use of Drones by Public Safety Agencies

May 11, 2020 — In February 2019, the COPS Office, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) convened a two-day conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss the policy and operational issues regarding the implementation and use of drones. This publication synthesizes information presented and discussed by the conference participants; lessons learned; and promising practices gathered from interviews, policy reviews, and survey data for the purpose of providing law enforcement agencies with guidance on implementing a drone program.

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Webinar Examines Fire Pattern Analysis

May 12, 2020 — The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will host a webinar, Ventilation Limited Fires: Considerations for Fire Pattern Analysis, on Wednesday, June 10 at 1 p.m. EST.

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Case Review: Introduction to Gunshot Wounds

May 14, 2020 — The Academy of Forensic Nursing announced that it will hold an eCase Review with Dr. Bill Smock and guest presenter Christine Foote-Lucero on May 27, 2020 focusing on gunshot wounds.

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Research Examines Detection of Bruising by Alternate Light

April 20, 2020 — A new paper in the Journal of Forensic Sciences details a randomized controlled trial that sought to compare and measure the effectiveness of alternate light source (ALS) and white light in the detection of inflicted bruises over time. The authors also studied the effects of skin color, age, gender, localized fat, and injury mechanism on bruise detection.

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Policing During the Pandemic

April 16, 2020 — A new white paper from Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program provides a number of recommendations to law enforcement agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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