Dealing with Deepfakes

“SEEING IS BELIEVING.” Or, rather, that’s what we used to say. Since the beginning of time, seeing a fact or a piece of news depicted in an image was far more compelling than reading it, let alone hearing about it from someone else. This power of visual content probably stemmed from its immediacy: looking at a picture takes less effort and training than reading text, or even listening to words. Then, the advent of photography brought an additional flavor of undisputable objectivity. Thanks to photography, pictures could be used as a reliable recording of events.

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How 3D Laser Scanning Systems are Changing Crime Scene Documentation

WHEN IT COMES TO RECORDING A CRIME SCENE, most reconstruction experts would agree that it just takes a significant amount of time. This is a primary reason why so many law enforcement agencies and private reconstruction firms have turned within the past several years to using 3D scene capture technologies. The predominant and highly popular solution is the LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), which is also commonly referred to as a 3D laser scanner or terrestrial scanner.

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Top 10 Resolutions for Evidence Managers

IT'S THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR: the time when people like to make resolutions. It’s easy at the very beginning. We’re all excited… and then, all of a sudden, something happens and we get into the third, fourth, and fifth day of the new year and life kicks in. Soon, you find yourself saying, I can’t believe it's been a year since I didn't become a better person.

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How Digital Technology is Transforming Policing in the Future

ADVANCEMENTS IN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES have changed our lives forever. Today we can access practically any digital services we want—e-mails, text messages, photos, videos, apps, and more—with just a few keystrokes, almost anywhere, anytime.

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Solving Shootings. Building Trust.

A BLOGGER NAMED RAY GUIDETTI recently posted an article entitled: “Foiling a Cops & Lobsters Perception: Through Technology, Transparency & Trust”. Guidetti, a former state trooper, now works as a public safety change agent at Motorola Solutions. He retired a couple years back from the New Jersey State Police as the Deputy Superintendent of Investigations. He remains a true friend of law enforcement and believes, as many others do, that it takes a balance of people, processes, and technology to sustain an effective, intelligence-led policing effort (Gagliardi 2019).

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What is Trauma Informed Care?

TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE has become a popular term that is commonly referenced today in a myriad of systems, such as schools, substance use treatment, health care and behavioral health. Yet its application into practice has much variability.

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Tool Kit: Showcase for Forensic Products

Browse all 19 products in this edition of Tool Kit.

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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. www.crcpress.com

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