Tool Kit

Check into Tool Kit to find products and services for the crime scene, forensic lab, and beyond.

This article appeared in the March-April 2021 issue of Evidence Technology Magazine.
You can view that full issue here.

Scroll down to browse all 10 products and services in this edition of Tool Kit:

 

Online Training

Seconds matter and detail counts in crime scene investigation. The National Forensic Science Technology Center’s (NFSTC@FIU) online courses provide the know-how to collect evidence and document a crime scene from the moment the yellow tape is rolled out. Whether independent study or a cost-effective group training for your team, NFSTC@FIU’s online courses can meet your needs. Introduction to and Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation courses cover the basics for new hires, and introduce skills required for situations you don’t see every day. Digital Crime Scene Photography will help you capture fair and accurate representations of any scene.

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Acoustics for Live-Fire Lab or Range

Troy Acoustics manufactures, designs, and installs OSHA-compliant acoustics for your live-fire forensic lab or range. Their UL-tested system meets all current fire code requirements with a smoke developed of ZERO and flame spread of ZERO. It’s the highest-rated live-fire acoustic system, offering anti-ricochet and anti-splatter capability for errant 5.56 and 7.62 rounds at an affordable cost. The durable perforated metal is easy maintenance. The system can be painted, and even used outdoors to reduce noise under a canopy, on baffles, and sidewalls.

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Archaeology Equipment for Investigations

The Shaker Box and Shaker Tripod from Bull Gator Archaeology base their design on the developer’s more than 25 years of experience in archaeology field work, and more than 10 years of designing and fabricating equipment in U.S. Naval Yards. The patented design of Bull Gator Archaeology equipment is handmade to be durable while enabling efficient data collection and gathering evidence. Field repair is easy, minimizing downtime. A screen can be replaced in just five minutes! Bull Gator equipment is currently in use worldwide by private, state, and federal agencies on projects ranging from archaeological research to crime scene investigation.

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Enhanced Video Player

Amped Replay is an enhanced video player for police investigators, detectives, and first responders to conduct a first-level analysis of their video evidence. View footage quickly, expedite cases, and send actionable information early in the investigation. It was designed after consultation with officers and video analysts, to ensure the simple-to-use interface meets the requirements of easy, accurate CCTV playback, redaction and spotlighting, and output of a court-ready product.

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Forensic DNA Collection

The EasyGather was invented for on-location collection of forensic data such as DNA, touch DNA, residues, and more, and can be customized for all types of intelligence gathering. Our newest technology, the 2xID, implements Near Field Communication with the device to provide both DNA gathering and a photo using our facial recognition app, as well as the GPS data—all stored via the cloud. Self-contained and self-drying, the EasyGather is simple to train, use, and transport.

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Protect the Chain of Custody

Successfully manage the investigative and forensic process with a complete audit trail of all physical and digital property and evidence from the point of capture, right through to court and final disposal. Live tracking of movements, transfers, and data access means complete visibility at every stage and that your evidence chain of custody is fully transparent. Hardcat understands that property and evidence are not collected at your desk. That’s why we’ve created mobile apps that allow your team to capture property and evidence from the scene. Our mobile solutions increase accuracy, efficiency and eliminate the need for paper form reporting.

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360-Degree Crime Scene Imaging


Built using crime scene investigator and law enforcement feedback, OSCR360 is a 360-degree investigation tool and easy-to-use case presentation software. OSCR allows investigators to quickly capture 360-degree crime scene images, ensuring that no evidence is missed. Utilize the 360-degree photos to organize and store digital evidence. Present a virtual walkthrough of the scene. OSCR360 is used on major homicide scenes, burglaries, assaults, fire/arson investigations, crash scenes, in forensic science curriculum, and more. Currently deployed in more than 33 states, OSCR is used by agencies coast to coast including: The Henry Lee Institute, Boston PD, Austin PD, and Sacramento Police and Fire.

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In-Car Video System

The Pro-Vision 900 Series Hybrid HD In-Car Video System provides class-leading 360-degree video coverage in and around law enforcement vehicles, in addition to simplified video management with automatic video upload options. Capture crystal-clear video evidence that tells the full story of what happened with full 1080p HD recording with multiple cameras providing 360-degree coverage, including unmatched door-to-door rear-seat coverage to capture all the important details. Managing video evidence is simplified with customizable Automatic Video Upload options. Users can save time by automatically uploading videos directly to the SecuraMax™ Cloud Evidence Management Solution through a 4G or Wi-Fi connection.

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Secure Data-Erasure and Disposal of Electronics

The 911 Cell Phone Bank is a 501(c)(3) organization that works with law enforcement agencies to securely sanitize and dispose of electronics that need to be purged from property and evidence. They guarantee secure data-sanitization and/or disposal of purged devices according to NIST 800-88, Rev 1 guidelines and ISO 27001 and ISO 27040. Phones that can be reused will be distributed through law enforcement and victim services organizations nationwide, or re-marketed to offset operational expenses. They will also provide these 911 devices to your agency upon request. This program is 100% free, including shipping.

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All-in-One Solution for Latent Prints

CSIpix Case AFIS is an all-in-one solution for latent prints that allows users to calibrate, enhance, AFIS search, follow ACE-V, prepare court charts and generate pdf reports. It can be used at the case level or to search up to 5,000 records. This flexible system can accommodate any type of friction ridge image in the search directory—fingerprints, palm prints, or bare footprints. Prints with as few as five minutiae can be searched over a full 360 degrees.

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