CSI and Forensics in the News


  • 3D scanner will open new crime scene doors for Harris County investigators
    The Harris County Sheriff's Office will have a new $170,000 3-D scanner to deploy for complex crime scenes. The scanner will provide a full 3-D rendering of a crime scene and allow a jury to visually walk through it.
    Click 2 Houston - June 7, 2016

  • 11,000 Ohio rape kits tested for DNA, attorney general says
    DeWine’s office says that has led to nearly 4,000 hits in a DNA index system and indictments of hundreds of defendants.
    The Washington Times - June 3, 2016

  • Notorious Crow Caught Stealing a Knife From a Crime Scene
    A crow later swooped in and picked the knife up from inside the cordoned off crime scene, according to Vancouver Courier reporter Mike Howell, who witnessed the incident. "A cop chased it for about 15 to 20 feet, and then the crow dropped it and took off," Howell told CBC.
    The Science Explorer - Erica Tennenhouse - June 2, 2016

  • Civil grand jury: SF crime lab shouldn’t be run by police
    San Francisco’s scandal-ridden crime lab should be an independent agency rather than a division of the police force in order to remove potential bias and better handle investigations, the city’s civil grand jury said in a report released Wednesday.
    SF Gate - Evan Sernoffsky - June 1, 2016

  • FBI wants to exempt its huge fingerprint and photo database from privacy protections
    The FBI wants to exempt its burgeoning national database of fingerprints and facial photos from a federal law that gives Americans the right to sue for government violations of the Privacy Act, such as refusing to tell a person if he or she is in the system.
    The Washington Post - Ellen Nakashima - June 1, 2016

  • Ancient Egyptian pigment provides modern forensics with new coat of paint
    Egyptian Blue pigment was found to be a promising candidate as luminescent fingerprint dusting powder . Under visible light it lit up the fingerprints in the near infrared against non-porous or patterned surfaces, such as polymer notes or soft drink cans, outperforming commercially available fingerprint dusting powders.
    Ancient Origins - May 31, 2016

  • Crime involves car? Best facility for forensics exam is at Indian River County Sheriff's Office
    The new garage, combined with the covered vehicle storage lot, makes the Indian River facility one of the best in the area for handling cars for evidence.
    TCPalm - Lamaur Stancil - May 13, 2016

  • WWAY INVESTIGATION: CRIME LAB CONUNDRUM
    Officials at the North Carolina state crime lab say they are making progress on their turn around time for lab results, but they still have a long way to go.
    WWAY TV3 - Hannah Patrick - May , 2016

  • Homes where Pike Co. shootings occurred to be relocated for crime scene preservation
    The decision to move the homes was made in order to preserve the crime scenes in the conditions in which they were found in an effort to assist with the ongoing investigation and anticipated prosecution of those responsible for the mass murders, officials said.
    WLWT 5 - May 12, 2016

  • Harris County crime lab faces heavy backlog of DNA cases
    xpanded testing for property crimes has helped create a backlog of more than 4,600 DNA cases in the Harris County crime lab, straining its ability to complete the processing of such evidence for sexual assaults and even homicide cases in a timely manner.
    Houston Chronicle - Mihir Zaveri - May 12, 2016

  • County moves to combine Sheriff’s Office forensics unit with W-S Police Department’s
    Forsyth County commissioners approved consolidating the forensic services of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office with the Winston-Salem Police Department during its Monday, May 9 meeting.
    THE CHRONICLE - TODD LUCK - May 12, 2016

  • Groundbreaking held for $9 million State Police Troop E expansion
    A state-of-the-art fingerprint processing laboratory, forensic computer analysis laboratory and 2,000-square-foot evidence vault will also be part of the new space. The evidence vault will include a walk-in refrigerator and walk-in freezer for DNA evidence storage, and a 1,600-square-foot cold storage area ...,
    Daily Messenger - Melody Burri - May 12, 2016

  • CSI: Montana; New Billings chemistry crime lab already processing cases
    With the opening of the new Billings forensic crime lab, Eastern Montana can expect faster turn-around times when it comes to drug evidence identification in smaller drug cases, officials said Thursday.
    Billings Gazette - ASHLEY NERBOVIG - May 12, 2016

  • Douglas County fingerprint expert working to perfect process of testing receipt paper
    Her research is building a list of testing techniques crime investigators can use to find fingerprints that might otherwise be missed. She presented her findings to fellow forensics experts in recent months.
    KETV 7 Omaha - Kristyna Engdahl - May 11, 2016

  • Slow crime lab stalls Teton cops
    “I respect the work the crime lab does,” Schultz said. “I just wish they had the resources to do it faster. Delays like we’ve been seeing are something we understand and live with, but they sure don’t make our work any easier.”
    Jackson Hole News and Guide - Emma Breysse - May 11, 2016

  • Inside the NYPD Sketch Artist Unit
    The unit cranks out hundreds of drawings each year. Wanted posters bearing their composite sketches have proved critical for detectives.
    PIX 11 - MYLES MILLER - May 9, 2016

  • The British Compressed Gases Association releases paper to advise police on cylinder crime scene etiquette
    The new resource, entitled ‘Technical Information Sheet 40, Gas Cylinders at Crime Scenes,’ aims to deliver expert guidance and is available online.
    gasworld - Rhea Healy - May 9, 2016

  • Sheriff's Office has its forensics division delving into crime scenes
    It’s not “NCIS.” It’s not “CSI.” It’s BCSO. Actually, it is the forensics division at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, and though it cannot process information quite like the TV shows, it is a very important part of criminal investigations in the community.
    Cleveland Daily Banner - ALLEN MINCEY - May 8, 2016

  • New crime scene van needed
    Space is one of the main issues. But it also serves as an office on wheels. It's a meeting point for investigators at a crime scene, and there's been a growing need for it in the last few years. Ideally their new truck will allow investigators to stand up while inside.
    Illinois Homepage - Luke Ray - May 6, 2016

  • Virginia provides nationwide model for testing rape kits
    More than 140,000 untested rape evidence kits are collecting dust in crime labs throughout the country – denying justice for rape survivors waiting for the results and allowing rapists to commit more sexual assaults.
    WTVR.com - May 5, 2016

  • ONLY ON KOLD: Police sketches part art, part science
    Gasparro, a latent print examiner at the TPD Crime Lab, processes fingerprint evidence from crime scenes and does sketches for criminal investigations as a side duty.
    Tucson News Now - Christine Pae - May 4, 2016

  • Behind The Big O: Douglas County Crime Lab
    At the Douglas County Crime Lab 15 people work together to solve cases. Each one, has their own area of expertise. There's nine investigators, four chemists, and two latent fingerprint examiners.
    WOWT NBC Ohama - Jenna Jaynes - May 3, 2016

  • UT Body Farm study on decomposition could affect court cases worldwide
    A new study at the University of Tennessee Anthropology Research Facility, also known as the Body Farm, could have far reaching effects on court cases worldwide.
    WATE.com - May 3, 2016

  • Santa Monica to Consider Nearly $1 Million Contract for DNA Specialist
    Saddled with a backlog of DNA-related evidence, the City of Santa Monica is considering a nearly $1 million contract over five years to hire a DNA specialist, officials said.
    Santa Monica Lookout - Lookout Staff - April 21, 2016

  • L.A. COUNTY: Coroner's resignation highlights problems across state, nation
    A shortage of pathologists is affecting counties large and small in California and the United States, many experts said. Only about 40 forensic pathologists graduate from fellowship programs each year, which is just enough to keep up with the retirement rate, Fowler said.
    The Press Enterprise - SARAH FAVOT - April 17, 2016

  • CBI Gets New Tools In Fight Against Crime
    Law enforcement across Colorado got some new tools to help fight crime on Friday. The new state-of-the-art forensic science laboratory in Arvada features bigger spaces and better technology.
    CSB Denver - April 15, 2016

  • Federal audit finds many hospitals not staffed to conduct rape exams
    A federal audit released Thursday morning finds that many hospitals are unprepared to collect evidence from rape victims -- posing a serious challenge for victims and prosecutors who hope to use DNA and other evidence collected from so-called rape kits to find and prosecute rapists.
    K5 - Linda Byron - April 14, 2016

  • 'I do it for closure'
    A New Westminster dentist talks about his hands-on work identifying dead bodies with dental X-rays.
    New Westminster Record - Cornelia Naylor - April 14, 2016

  • Viterbo student partners with FD in forensic project
    Future forensic scientist Emma Akemann is working with La Crosse's Fire Department to test blood spatter in an arson case. The department helped her simulate a fire and used pig's blood as possible evidence in the case. The goal is to find out if blood can be used as evidence after a fire.
    WKBT - April 12, 2016

  • CSI for Animals: Forensic Vets Battle Pet Abuse, Neglect
    The New York-based nonprofit has a team of three forensic vets dedicated to capturing evidence to punish animal abusers — their jobs include traveling to crime scenes and working with the New York Police Department in a new partnership that has seen cruelty-related arrests doubled in the past two years.
    ABC News - COLLEEN LONG - April 12, 2016

  • Evidence of improvement
    Things couldn’t be more different. Following the remodel of the department, the Evidence Division has more than quadrupled the space it has, as well as updated its security, storage and added another evidence technician, Jenna Schwarz.
    EnidNews.com - Cass Rains - April 10, 2016

  • What 'CSI' Don't Show You About Lives Of Crime-Scene Investigators
    Television crime shows often end neatly with investigators arriving at a heinous scene, collecting decisive evidence and identifying a suspect in the span of an hour (with commercial breaks). But clues left at actual crime scenes aren't always conclusive or easy to find. Fingerprints don't always appear or a DNA sample may be muddied by dozens of other people who touched an object long before a crime occurred.
    NDTV - Lynh Bui, - April 10, 2016

  • HPD evidence room nears completion
    The Hanford Police Department has nearly finished renovating its new evidence room, which will consolidate nine existing storage locations.
    The Sentinel - Mike Eiman - April 8, 2016

  • Behind the Scenes: How forensic scientists fight crime by analyzing handwriting
    “Some things that are significant or what to evaluate in signatures. What kind of handwriting characteristics to look at.” He fights crime one word at a time and brings those to justice who could otherwise be written off. “I think it’s very important from those threat letters, harassing letters, bank robbery notes, to even for example these financial crimes,”
    Q12 Fox TV - PARELLA LEWIS - April 8, 2016

  • This N.J. State Police lab brings the unidentified dead to life
    The forensic anthropologist works in a tiny two-person laboratory at the State Police's technology center in Hamilton, trying to link names to piles of bone and bits of flesh by examining their markings, testing their DNA and meticulously documenting their quirks and features in missing and unidentified persons databases, searching for a match.
    nj.com - S.P. Sullivan - April 8, 2016

  • 90-Minute DNA testing kit receives FBI approval
    This is the FBI’s first approval of such a system. It is unclear to what extent FBI labs will use the NetBio technology. But by allowing crime laboratories to obtain a full DNA profile in less than two hours, the approval could mean a breakthrough in the field of forensic analysis, said Richard Selden, chief executive of NetBio.
    Boston Globe - Katheleen Conti - April 7, 2016

  • Why don’t we have the same fingerprints as other people?
    It is widely accepted that fingerprints actually develop in the womb around the 10th week of pregnancy and are largely complete by around the end of the fourth month.
    Pressconnects - John Brhel - April 7, 2016

  • Athens Police hopes DNA-generated sketch leads to serial rapist
    A lab analysis of the suspect's DNA was used to create two images, showing him with and without a ball cap.
    The Columbus Dispatch - Mary Beth Lane - April 7, 2016

  • Orange County Sheriff's Office to use forensic cell phone software
    There is a new tool the Orange County Sheriff's Office will be using to solve crimes. Starting Thursday, the department will start utilizing a new forensic software to unlock cell phones during investigations.
    12 News - Rebeca Trejo - April 6, 2016

  • ‘CSI: Islamic State’ is latest spinoff from ISIS
    They’ll have to call the show “CSI: Islamic State.” The terror army has proudly announced on its social media platforms that it has opened an “Islamic State Police Forensics Department” in al Furat Province, Iraq.
    The Washington Times - Rowan Scarborough - April 4, 2016

  • City's rape kit backlog creeping back
    After the city of Houston spent millions to erase a massive backlog of untested rape kits, politicians, police and prosecutors all celebrated. But the KHOU 11 News I-Team discovered the backlog is creeping back—another blow to victims of sexual assaults.
    KHOU.com Houston - Jeremy Rogalski, - April 4, 2016

  • Marshall accepting applications for forensics conference
    An interactive, hands-on program introducing high school students to the world of cybercrime, cyber security and digital forensics will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center.
    The Herald Dispatch - April 3, 2016

  • Portland police ship 2,800 untested rape kits to Utah for DNA testing
    Multiple shipments to Salt Lake City are expected to occur over the next few months. Police said processing the kits will start with DNA testing at a private laboratory, followed by the dissemination and processing of results, victim notification and further investigation, where warranted, and — ultimately — prosecution when appropriate.
    KATU NEWS - HILLARY LAKE - April 1, 2016

  • CSI goes high-tech: Pinellas lab uses digital forensics
    The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s commitment to digital forensics was on display Friday during a tour of the new Tampa Bay Electronic Crimes Task Force Lab in Largo. Equipment in the lab includes devices that help extract data from mobile phones.
    The Tampa Tribune - April 1, 2016

  • New DNA Device in Richland County Helps Pull More Evidence
    The Richland County Sheriff's Department has a new tool in its arsenal when it comes to DNA collection. It's called the M-Vac System and is the first of it's kind in the state.
    WLTX 19 - April 1, 2016

  • County Sheriff’s Office’s digital forensic lab proves indispensable
    Since the deployment of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office’s digital forensic lab about a year ago, hardly a day has gone by without investigators and forensic technicians making use of its technological capabilities to help process digital evidence.
    Imperial Valley Press - JULIO MORALES - April 1, 2016

  • Crime scene cleanup business is not for everyone
    He and his three employees at Bio Scene Clean Up work day and night in the Tampa Bay area, stepping in after the unthinkable happens. He's trained to handle stomach-turning circumstances, using biohazard bins and power tools to scrub a home of any physical trace of a tragedy.
    Tampa Bay Times - Ayana Stewart - March 31, 2016
  • Police artists nab criminals with pencil, paper
    In an age of ubiquitous cellphones and surveillance cameras, New York City police forensic artist Matthew Klein is one of a dying breed of crime fighters who helps catch bad guys with a pencil and paper.
    The Sumter Item - COLLEEN LONG - March 29, 2016
  • Houston, Harris County officials renew calls to merge crime labs
    All of the members of the Harris County Commissioners Court are renewing calls for the county to take over forensic work from the city lab, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said last week that he is interested in pursuing either a merger or further partnership with the county, in contrast to his predecessor.
    Huston Chronicle - Mihir Zaveri and Rebecca Elliott - March 27, 2016
  • Illinois State Police swamped with DNA tests on rapes, murders
    The short-staffed Illinois State Police crime lab is grappling with a backlog of thousands of pending tests on biological evidence collected in rapes, murders and other crimes, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
    Chicago Sun Times - Frank Main - March 27, 2016
  • Law Enforcement Investigators Demand Access To Private DNA Databases
    Two major companies that research family lineage for fees around $200 say that over the last two years, they have received law enforcement demands for individuals' genetic information stored in their DNA databases.
    CBS SP bay Area - March 26, 2016
  • How do you recover DNA from a crime scene like Brussels?
    The second step is to bring all recovered objects to the lab and swab them to collect any traces of DNA that have survived the blast. This is where things get tricky: DNA can be damaged by heat.
    The Verge - Alessandra Potenza - March 25, 2016
  • Florida ready to tackle rape kit backlog
    New legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Rick Scott requires law enforcement agencies to submit rape kits for processing within 30 days. Then, crime labs have 120 days to complete an analysis of the kits.
    Sun Sentinel - Linda Trischitta - March 24, 2016
  • The Opportunities and Burdens of Video
    Video evidence collection is changing rapidly, creating immense potential and huge challenges. The technology promises to put more evidence than ever at the fingertips of law enforcement and emergency managers — yet there are significant hurdles to overcome, both technical and political.
    Emergency Management - Margaret Steen - March 23, 2016
  • Sioux Falls Crime Lab Receives National Accreditation
    In 2009 the department started updating their policies, procedures and technical systems, and on March 11, the lab received its Certificate of Accreditation in two of the 6 forensic disciplines: The Controlled Substance Analysis and Toxicology.
    KDLT News - Sydney Kern - March 23, 2016
  • Renovations to regional forensic lab near completion
    The building has been LEED certified and features open atriums, large break rooms and tall windows that Patrick said drastically improve the work environment for employees. Three large classrooms will also serve as a training facility for law enforcement and public safety officials.
    Roanoke Times - Tiffany Stevens - March 23, 2016
  • Home Office unveils strategy to tackle UK forensics problems
    The UK Home Office has released a new forensic science strategy, which it says addresses some of the serious criticisms raised by the parliamentary science and technology committee last year.
    Chemistry World - Emma Stoye - March 22, 2016
  • Forensic researchers set standards for X-ray identification of bodies
    Forensic researchers have for the first time established science-based standards for identifying human remains based on X-rays of an individual's spine, upper leg or the side of the skull.
    EurekAlert! - NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY - March 22, 2016
  • Alfred State forensic science technology program now accredited
    The forensic science technology program at Alfred State has recently obtained full accreditation status from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission, becoming one of only 20 accredited bachelor-level programs within the field nationwide, officials announced.
    Olean Times Herald - March 22, 2016
  • Justice Department frames expanded review of FBI forensic testimony
    The Justice Department on Monday proposed expanding its review of forensic testimony by the FBI Laboratory beyond hair matching to widely used techniques such as fingerprint examinations and bullet-tracing.
    The Washington Post - Spencer S. Hsu - March 21, 2016
  • From machine guns to marijuana, KBI's new lab improves quantity and quality
    Seventy scientists are currently working at the Forensic Science Center, a statistic the bureau would like to see increase to 108. Evidence has taken as long as 300 days for the KBI to process, a statistic the bureau would like to see decrease to 60.
    The Topeka Capital-Journa - Justin Wingerter - March 18, 2016
  • Waiting game: Law enforcement faces backlog in searching technology
    Law enforcement agencies across the state, including in Clatsop County, rely on only a few experts to process technology used in criminal cases.
    The Daily Astorian - Kyle Spurr - March 18, 2016
  • FBI agents learn to dig up evidence at a crime scene
    FBI agents around the country were brought to Knoxville for human recovery training at the University of Tennessee, a training like no other.
    Local 8 - WVLT-TV Knoxville, TN - Donovan Long - March 17, 2016
  • Washington poised to become first state to track all rape kits
    Supporters say the bill will enable rape survivors to keep track of what’s happening in their cases, while pinpointing problems that have caused an estimated 6,000 rape kits to go untested in Washington.
    The Olympian - MELISSA SANTOS - March 15, 2016
  • A look inside the Brandon Police Forensic Identification Unit
    Lanny Stewart of the Westman Journal recently spent an afternoon with the Brandon Police Service Forensic Identification Unit, getting an all-access pass to what goes on 'behind the scenes'.
    Westman Journal - Lanny Stewart - March 15, 2016
  • Solving the crime lab conundrum: Technology could bring lab to crime scene
    In his lab, Mulligan has managed to miniaturize an existing instrument known as the mass spectrometer. This device could be used by law enforcement investigators to detect evidence, for example, by swabbing a table top or a suspect's hand looking for traces of cocaine or an explosive too small to be seen by the unaided eye.
    Illinois State University News - John Moody - March 14, 2016
  • Tying lipstick smears from crime scenes to specific brands
    For years, forensic scientists have applied various methods to remove lipstick samples from crime scenes and analyze their chemical constituents. Many current methods involve difficult or expensive steps such as a tedious lipstick removal process or examination of samples by Raman spectroscopy or X-ray diffraction. But these methods require specialized equipment and training, which are in short supply in under-funded and over-worked forensics labs.
    Physics.org - March 13, 2016
  • UCO Forensic Science Institute receives historic accreditation
    The three newly accredited programs are Bachelor of Science degrees in forensic molecular biology, forensic chemistry and digital forensics. UCO joins Eastern Kentucky University as the first two universities in the nation to receive accreditation for an undergraduate digital forensics program.
    Edmondsun.com - March 8, 2016
  • Face by DNA trace
    Identikits will soon be compiled, not from the unreliable memories of victims, but from the DNA left at crime scenes by the people who wronged them. Research at the University of Leuven, Belgium, shows DNA can be used to create a likeness of a person.
    Times Live - Shaun Smillie - March 8, 2016
  • Reversing the legacy of junk science in the courtroom
    Last May, NIST awarded $20 million to a team of about 30 statisticians and legal professionals to help develop tools for analyzing the strength of an apparent match. Called the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), it will collaborate with NIST statisticians to develop statistical methods that describe how strongly a shoeprint in the dirt links the owner of a certain pair of sneakers to a crime scene, for example, or how many fingerprints other than the suspect’s might have left a similar pattern on a murder weapon.
    Science - Kelly Servick - March 7, 2016
  • Berks County detectives get digital assist
    With forensic science and technology rapidly evolving, Gombar and Sgt. Robert Johnson, who heads the DA's forensic services unit, said they realized that it's futile to try to retrofit the detectives for the digital age when most of them began their careers before the Internet.
    Reading Eagle Company - Steven Henshaw - March 7, 2016
  • City of Deer Park, HFSC reach agreement for forensic services
    The City of Deer Park and the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) have reached an agreement for HFSC to provide the Deer Park Police Department with forensic services. The contract was signed by both parties in late February and takes effect immediately.
    Deer Park Broadcaster - March 2, 2016
  • D.C. crime lab restarts DNA testing on limited basis after shutdown cast doubts over analysis
    The D.C. crime lab is resuming limited DNA testing this week but will continue to send more-complicated cases for outside testing as it recovers from a nearly 10-month suspension, officials said.
    The Washington Post - Spencer S. Hsu - March 2, 2016
  • Cook County medical examiner regains national accreditation
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle this week praised the work of the county's chief pathologist as she announced that the county medical examiner's office — once plagued by a scandal involving major backlogs and improperly stored bodies — has regained full accreditation by a national forensics organization.
    Chicago Tribune - William Lee - March 2, 2016
  • N.J. cops using plant DNA to fight crime
    DNA marking is a method of tracking property in which owners mark an item with a solution containing plant DNA, then register their names with a special serial number. When a stolen object — anything from a watch to a car — is recovered, investigators simply shine an ultraviolet light on the item to find the mark. A sample is then tested in a lab to determine who owns the item.
    nj.com True Jersey - Andy Polhamus - March 2, 2016
  • Bill would let Marshall forensic center seek fed grants
    The West Virginia Senate advanced a bill Tuesday that would help the Marshall University Forensic Science Center obtain federal grant funding as a crime lab and establish it as an emergency backup to state labs. Senate Bill 104 would provide the center with the status as a criminal justice agency, therefore making it eligible for grant dollars available through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal agencies.
    The Herald Dispatch - LACIE PIERSON - March 2, 2016
  • Partnership provides forensic training, equipment to Alabama law enforcement agencies
    The center is hosting multiple training events to help police and sheriffs’ departments reduce the number of backlogged reports by improving the quality and timeliness of forensic evidence collected at the crime scenes, especially DNA evidence.
    Northewest GA News - March 2, 2016
  • Grave training begins at new UT forensic body site
    The new location in Morgan County allows the academy to bury bodies and provide homicide investigators from across the country some of the best training in the world at finding hidden graves.
    WBIR 10 News - Jim Matheny - February 29, 2016
  • Tampa man chews off fingerprints to avoid being identified during arrest
    Officers believe Kelly overheard them talking about a mobile fingerprint scanner, so they say he chewed off his fingerprints.
    Fox 8 Cleveland - KAILY CUNNINGHAM - February 26, 2016
  • Harris County sheriff introduces 3D imaging to crime scene investigations
    The Leica P30 3Dimensional Scanner documents millions of measurements instead of the few hundred that can be processed by human crime scene investigators. This allows for a full 3D rendering of a crime scene, which in turn allows a jury to walk through the crime scene as investigators discovered it intact.
    The Observer - February 26, 2016
  • New Crime Scene Unit
    The Sheriff’s Office continues to utilize the latest technology available in both equipment and training both of which are made possible, in large part, by court awarded seized drug money and the continuing desire of its own personnel to improve their service to the public.
    The Vindicator - Capt. Ken DeFoor - February 26, 2016
  • Rapid DNA devices provide results in less than two hours; how are they being used?
    Currently police officers cannot connect the results of rapid DNA tests with the national FBI database known as CODIS. Only results from accredited laboratories can be used. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has introduced a bill to allow rapid DNA connections.
    ABA Journal - DEBRA CASSENS WEISS - February 26, 2016
  • A high-tech approach to tracking gun crimes
    A key piece of technology Minneapolis Police use to link guns to crime scenes and uncover hidden connections between weapons cases is housed in a small, windowless office inside the department’s crime lab.
    Southwest Journal -DYLAN THOMAS - February 25, 2016
  • Justice Dept. to expand review of FBI forensic techniques beyond hair unit
    The Justice Department will expand its review of forensic testimony by the FBI Laboratory in closed criminal cases nationwide to ensure it has not overstated evidence against defendants, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced.
    The Washington Post - Spencer S. Hsu - February , 2016
  • The smell of death
    Over 800 chemicals make up the smell of death, according to Anna Williams, a forensic anthropologist at the University of Huddersfield in England. About 480 have been identified for human death alone. Not just for the morbidly curious, death smell is a powerful tool for police and disaster workers, who use specially trained cadaver dogs to help locate missing bodies.
    Science Line - Dyani Sabin - February 21, 2016
  • FBI biometrics research could make faces the new fingerprints
    While the FBI remains in the planning stages of its new headquarters construction project, the agency’s new biometrics technology center has been working on projects to build on the breakthrough successes it’s had with fingerprint technology.
    Federal News Radio - Jory Heckman - February 19, 2016
  • Agency partnership provides crime scene kits to police
    The kits, filled with disposable evidence collection materials, evidence markers and scales, will help police departments collect evidence in the most accurate way possible, Hopwood said.
    The Anniston Star - Kirsten Fiscus - February 18, 2016
  • FBI Can Use Dead Suspects' Fingerprints To Open iPhones -- It Might Be Cops' Best Bet
    As Apple makes iPhones increasingly secure, the FBI has found it more difficult to get at data within suspects’ iOS devices. Hence the All Writs Act 1789 order that landed earlier this week asking Apple to write a special version of iOS that could be installed on the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. That unique operating system would allow the FBI to make unlimited guesses at his passcode, without any of the purposeful delays and data wiping normal users get as security measures.
    Forbes - Thomas Fox-Brewster - February 18, 2016
  • Columbus Crime Lab gives forensic equipment to MSU
    On Wednesday, the Columbus Police Department Crime Lab presented Mississippi State University with equipment for the university's forensics program. Biochemistry professor Florencia Meyer arrived at the Crime Lab in downtown Columbus Wednesday morning to pick up a super glue chamber, a machine used to develop fingerprints on physical evidence. Meyer teaches Intro to Forensic Science and Advanced. She plans to use the super glue chamber in class.
    The Dispatch - Isabelle Altman - February 18, 2016
  • Watch your step -- forensics close in on footwear analysis
    Based on a technique known as Frustrated Total Internal Reflection (FTIR) imaging, Dr James Sharp, an expert in physical properties of thin films of polymers and biopolymers, has been able to extract additional information and create a digital picture of the personal footprint we leave behind when we stand or walk on a hard surface.
    Eurek Alert/ - UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM - February 16, 2016
  • Old fire station to become CSI lab to train forensics students, law enforcement officers
    Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences is transforming the old building near Southwest Boulevard and 17th Street into a crime scene investigation laboratory for students in its forensic sciences graduate program.
    Tulsa World - MIKE AVERILL - February 16, 2016
  • Northwest Alabama law enforcement look to open forensics lab
    Frustration and concern has led law enforcement in northwest Alabama to explore opening up a forensics office.
    WHNT News 19 - CARTER WATKINS - February 16, 2016
  • State task force begins looking into protocols for rape kits
    Authorities across Montana have more than 1,400 rape kits — some dating back to 1995 — that remain unprocessed because they have not been submitted to the state's crime lab for testing.
    Billings Gazette - February 16, 2016
  • Texas forensic experts call for ban on bite mark evidence in court
    Bite mark evidence should be inadmissible in the courtroom until researchers can establish basic criteria to measure its reliability, members of the Texas Forensic Science Commission said Thursday.
    Austin American-Statesman - Jazmine Ulloa - February 11, 2016
  • More wrongful convictions feared as state crime lab review underway
    But the FBI trained state crime lab analysts all over the country in the same way, and defense lawyers fear these state crime labs may have helped wrongfully convict people all over the country.
    WCVB 5abc - Karen Anderson, Kevin Rothstein - February 11, 2016
  • Texas Agency Weighs Validity of Bite-Mark Evidence
    A Texas commission is weighing a request to curb the use of bite-mark evidence in criminal cases, in the agency’s latest investigation of long-used forensic techniques that new research has cast into doubt.
    The Wall Street Journal - JOE PALAZZOLO - February 11, 2016
  • President Obama Wants $19B for Cybersecurity in 2017 Budget Proposal
    Today, the Obama Administration announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which will attempt to develop a long-term strategy to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity and increase public awareness. Part of that plan includes a proposal for $3.1 billion for an “Information Technology Modernization Fund, which will enable the retirement, replacement, and modernization of legacy IT that is difficult to secure and expensive to maintain, as well as the formation of a new position—the Federal Chief Information Security Officer.”
    R&D - Greg Watry - February 9, 2016
  • HPD gets new space, equipment
    Two remodeled rooms in the basement of the Hastings Police Station are giving police more options for the upcoming year. Police recently added an evidence processing room and tactics training room. Sgt. Brian Hessler said the evidence processing room will give officers a place to examine items involved in a crime scene to determine evidentiary value.
    Hastings Tribune - Will Vraspir - February 9, 2016
  • OSU's Center For Health Sciences plans to finish building their new forensic laboratory by May
    OSU's Center for Health Sciences is transforming a former Tulsa fire station into an investigative laboratory near the school's main campus. The lab will allow graduate students entering the forensics field to work with industry standard equipment and under the tutelage of professors and forensic professionals.
    www.kjrh.com - February 8, 2016
  • Corpses left to rot on US bodies farm in the name of science are coming to the UK
    Now a UK team is leading efforts to set up a body farm in Europe to see how a range of factors – including injuries, insects, scavengers, illness and the elements – affect the decomposition process in the UK, which has a very different environment from Texas.
    International Business Times - Mike Martin - February 7, 2016
  • Local crime scene training fills in where the state falls short
    “Since 2011, DFS stopped giving assistance to police departments on crime scenes,” Hopwood said. “The center has filled that void, but this training is aimed at giving departments the tools to process their own scenes.” The training, a five-part series, teaches beginners and seasoned investigators techniques to collect and document evidence at crime scenes.
    The Anniston Star - Kirsten Fiscus - February 4, 2016
  • Evidence of violence: forensic nurses balance health care and justice
    Part nurse, part forensic investigator, it is Short's job both to treat victims of sexual assault or intentional violence – the vast majority of whom are women – and, if they consent, collect evidence that could be vital to a police case.
    Abbotsford News - Tyler Olsen - February 4, 2016
  • Degree helps scientist cut turnaround time for forensic DNA
    A forensic scientist with the Washington State Patrol, she applied “lean” business management practices that resulted in a 26 percent increase in productivity, $5,200 savings on overtime pay and reduction in the average turnaround time for processing DNA samples from 93 days to 71.
    WSU News - February 3, 2016
  • Free forensic science course with the University of Leicester
    Thousands of people are expected to sign up to a free online course to learn about the cutting edge discipline of forensic science. The six week University of Leicester programme, which begins on February 8, is aimed at anyone with a general interest in the subject and includes crime scene analysis, examining case studies and the interpretation and presentation of evidence in court.
    Leicester Mercury - By fdryden - February 2, 2016
  • Columbia Police look to bring additional civilian staff on board
    With the hiring of a new civilian police trainer at the beginning of the year, the Columbia Police Department isn't done filling law enforcement positions with non-cops. Next up: a civilian crime scene investigator.
    Columbia Missourian - KARLEE RENKOSKI - February 1, 2016
  • 3-D laser scanner brings crime scenes to life
    The university agreed to loan out the scanner to the Sheriff's Office for a day, along with the technical expertise of programmer Ross Tredinnick, who completed 37 scans over about 10 hours at the house — a job Lehmann said would have taken a team of investigators two to four days the old-fashioned way.
    Journal Times - KAREN RIVEDAL - January 31, 2016
  • Committee established to work on funding issues, as talks of local forensics lab continiues
    Clinton Carter said two of the biggest concerns about establishing a private forensic lab on the University of North Alabama campus is for it to be sustainable and have a relationship with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
    TimesDaily Florence, AL - Tom Smith - January 30, 2016
  • Maryland State Police Shut Down Bullet Database
    Maryland State Police are shutting down a long-running gun safety program due to ineffectiveness.
    NBC4 Washington Washington, DC - Scott MacFarlane - January 29, 2016
  • $50K Grant from DOJ to Help Long Beach Police Department's Crime Lab
    The DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs awarded the LBPD’s Forensic Science Services Division’s crime laboratory $50,011 from the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program, a national and competitive program focused on improving the efficiency, quality and abilities of crime laboratories, officials stated. With the funds, the department is now in the process of training its personnel and purchasing new software.
    Long Beach Post - Stephanie Rivera - January 28, 2016
  • Knoxville’s ‘Body Farm’ creator now helping UT with new forensic program
    Dr. Bass is back at helping UT develop a graduate program, this time, for forensic dentistry. “There’s no graduate program in forensic dentistry in the United States. There are three in Europe, but none in the United States and the dentists that do this just picked it up, on the job training essentially,” said Dr. Bass
    WATE.com - Ryan O'Donnell - January 28, 2016
  • St. Tammany Parish launches new response team to handle sexual assault cases
    The key to it all is the forensics nurse examiner who responds at the time of the incident, which takes the pressure off local emergency rooms and focuses on the victim. The forensics nurse is able to perform the necessary testing, gather critical evidence and provide a greater degree of compassion and understanding.
    WDSU News - Heath Allen - January 27, 2016
  • Ruling Addresses Limits on Forensic Expert Testimony
    Not every technician who analyzes DNA samples and other forensic evidence must be cross examined at the trials of suspects who are implicated by the technician's analyzed evidence, a judge ruled.
    New York Law Journal - Joel Stashenko - January 27, 2016
  • Health Network Labs acquires two forensic labs, broadens DNA testing services
    Health Network Laboratories, headquartered in Allentown, has acquired two State College-based forensic DNA laboratories that provide testing services for human identification, paternity and criminal investigation.
    LVB.com - Jennifer Glose - January 27, 2016
  • Henry Lee, UNH and China university collaborate to advance forensics with robots
    The robots Lee referred to would go into a crime scene and help guide police investigators to ensure that all bases are covered properly, said Lee, a chaired professor at UNH who is among the most respected forensic scientists in the world, after the announcement. They would tell investigators everything from the ambient room temperature to the temperature of a body — as well as what the difference between them means, he explained.
    New Haven Register - Mark Zaretsky - January 26, 2016
  • After slow start, $5M Offutt lab is now bustling in effort to ID remains of Pearl Harbor victims
    Nearly all of the laboratory's 56 tables now are filled with thousands of human bones, tagged and neatly laid out for future identification. And following a forced reorganization of its parent command — now called the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency — the Offutt lab has a new director, several new forensic anthropologists and a new mission identifying World War II remains from Pearl Harbor and the European theater.
    Omaha.com - Steve Liewer / World-Herald staff writer - January 25, 2016
  • DNA blood test predicts suspects' age
    When police fail to find a DNA match to either victims or suspects, the forensic avenue of an investigation can run into the sand. But forensic biomedical scientists at the University of Leuven believe they can help. They have developed a unique test of blood samples that can predict the age of the individual concerned to within four years by examining the aging process of human DNA. A similar test they devised for teeth samples is almost as accurate.
    Reuters - JIM DRURY - January 25, 2016
  • New crime lab will help return cases quicker
    Scientists at the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab now have more than double the amount of room to work in, and they say it'll help victims get justice quicker.
    LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR - NICHOLE MANNA - January 21, 2016
  • Minor crimes could land your DNA in N.J. database
    People convicted of many disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey will have their DNA added to law enforcement databases under a bill signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday. The new law expands the state's database, which currently includes DNA samples from those convicted of violent crimes such as rape and manslaughter.
    nj.com - S.P. Sullivan - January 20, 2016
  • MNPD crime lab uses national database to stop gun violence
    Inside Metro Nashville Police’s Crime Lab there is a special section that takes the evidence left behind at shooting scenes and works to find connections in Nashville and other states.
    WKRN.com - January 29, 2016
  • Official: New State-Of-The Art Crime Lab Is Like ‘CSI: Westchester’
    At the Westchester County Police Academy in Valhalla, where elite units practice shooter drills and cadets train to become officers, a state-of-the-art crime lab has been built and unveiled to carry suburban policing well into the 21st century.
    CBS Local, newyork.cbslocal.com - January 19, 2016
  • OSU team investigates crime scenes
    The Forensic Anthropology Case Team was founded in 2004 by Sam Stout, an anthropologist and professor at OSU. FACT partners with law enforcement to investigate and solve murders in Ohio, its most recent case being the ongoing Innis Park murders.
    the lantern - By Carlee Frank - January 19, 2016
  • Corpse-eating bacteria a forensic tool
    Measuring the microbes that feed on the dead can determine the time of death when maggots and flies fail, Viviane Richter discovers.
    COSMOS - January 18, 2016
  • Law enforcement, prosecutors frustrated with state forensic backlog
    The Alabama Department of Forensic Science, swamped with thousands of test requests for cases all across the state, has left law enforcement and prosecutors with a year’s wait before they see results.
    The Anniston Star - Annistonstar.com - Kirsten Fiscus - January 18, 2016
  • NIST simulates fast, accurate DNA sequencing through graphene nanopore
    The NIST study suggests the method could identify about 66 billion bases--the smallest units of genetic information--per second with 90 percent accuracy and no false positives. If demonstrated experimentally, the NIST method might ultimately be faster and cheaper than conventional DNA sequencing, meeting a critical need for applications such as forensics.
    EurekAlert! - NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST) - January 15, 2016
  • How cops used virtual reality to recreate Tamir Rice, San Bernardino shootings
    This gadget is an emerging piece of technology in U.S. law enforcement that has featured in some of America's biggest shooting incidents last year. Tamir Rice, San Bernardino, cop killings in New York City — all of these crime scenes were documented using 3D laser scanners from the tech company FARO. These scanners preserve crimes scenes — collecting almost every visible detail. In recent years, more and more law enforcement agencies have adopted the scanners as part of their forensic routine.
    PBS Newshour - NSIKAN AKPAN - January 13, 2016
  • Canada boosts capacity of police force’s Forensic Video Analysis Unit
    Canada has helped to boost the Guyana Police Force’s capacity to process video surveillance footage, with the donation of more than GYD$3 million in equipment.
    Demerara Waves - Denis Chabrol - January 12, 2016
  • 7 Criteria For Enriching Digital Evidence
    Context is the essential ingredient that is missing from many digital forensic investigations. Here are seven examples of criteria that can be used to enhance the relevance of digital evidence during a forensic investigation.
    Dark Reading - Jason Sachowski - January 11, 2016
  • Bill Sets Deadlines for Kentucky Rape Kit Testing, Increases Funding
    A Louisville state senator has proposed requiring police departments to submit rape kits to the state testing lab within 30 days of receiving them. Victims would also be notified of the testing progress. The backlog rape kits tests were the subject of a critical state audit last year.
    WKU Public Radio - RYLAND BARTON - January 11, 2016
  • ISU profs hope to take the lab to the crime scene
    Don't expect a new TV series named, "CSI: ISU," but three Illinois State University professors are looking into the feasibility of a device to bring technology from the lab to the crime scene. The device, called a mass spectrometer, can analyze evidence for the presence of certain chemicals.
    The Pantagraph - by Lenore Sobota lsobota - January 9, 2016
  • Portable NIST Kit Can Recover Traces of Chemical Evidence
    A chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a portable version of his method for recovering trace chemicals such as environmental pollutants and forensic evidence including secret graves and arson fire debris. If successfully commercialized by industry, the briefcase-sized kit could enable detectives, field inspectors and others to carry with them a convenient version of NIST’s “headspace analysis” technique, which identifies solid or liquid compounds based on the makeup of vapors released into nearby air.
    National Institute of Standards and Technology - Laura Ost - January 7, 2016
  • Forensic Entomologists Mite Start Looking at Acarids for Clues
    In this paper, Pimsler and her colleagues document the first known phoretic association between a mite and S. nudiseta in the continental U.S. More importantly, they hope that their work will help spur researchers to pay more attention to mites and their role in decomposition.
    Entomology Today - By Meredith Swett Walker - January 6, 2016
  • Edinboro University forensics professor detects blood on Revolutionary War projectiles
    More than 230 years after the Revolutionary War ended, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania professor of forensic science Ted Yeshion has found the presence of blood on buckshot recovered from a battlefield in upstate New York.
    The Measville Tribune - January 6, 2016
  • Berkeley Co. sheriff’s department announces crime scene unit
    Amongst the most promising deputies, Harmison said the department will send six to North Carolina to become crime scene specialists.
    Journal News - By Henry Culvyhpuse - January 4, 2016
  • Local officials optimistic about locating forensic lab at UNA
    The proposal calls for the lab to initially do drug analysis, late trace evidence testing and DNA testing. Local law enforcement officials say this would ease the backlog of drug cases now at state forensics lab in Huntsville.
    TimesDaily, Florence, AL - by Tom Smith - January 3, 2016
  • Investigators use digital forensic technology in 25-year-old cold case
    A new reconstruction, made using digital technology, has revealed a very different picture of the woman. It is one that investigators believe is much closer to what she actually looked like.
    wftv.com 9 - January 1, 2016
  • A battle online: Veterans sought to train in cyber investigations
    Inspired by a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office is looking to train qualified, disabled, veterans to work in cyber crime investigations.
    WNDU.com 16 - By Tricia Harte - December 31, 2016
  • Washington state lab needs more money to clear rape kit backlog
    Lawmakers gave the lab an extra $2.75 million to offset the workload, but that’s less than half what State Patrol requested. Jean Johnston, CODIS manager for the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, said the money will let them hire seven more scientists, but that’s not enough to clear the backlog.
    The Bellingham Herald - December 31, 2015
  • DNA evidence from air bag in hit-and-run crash leads to criminal charges
    Korfhage had run away from the scene, but investigators were able to tie him to the crash using DNA evidence recovered from the Mustang's air bag, police said.
    The Oregonian/OregonLive - By Stuart Tomlinson - Decembber 31, 2015
  • Florida eyes federal grants to help clear rape kit backlog
    Officials with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed this week that they are applying for a variety of grants, including a share of $45 million that Congress and President Barack Obama recently set aside to help cities and states test older rape kits that are sitting on shelves with potential evidence that could help identify serial rapists and solve cold cases.
    Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau - BY JEREMY WALLACE - December 31, 2015
  • NCSU research finds racial differences in fingerprint analysis
    When police investigate a crime, one of the first things they do is look for fingerprints. Research from North Carolina State University may give them a new place to start when they analyze those prints.
    WRAL.com - by Brian Shrader - December 28, 2015
  • NIJ awards FIU $1.5 million for forensic science research
    Researchers at FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to further research in drug exposure detection, crime scene investigation, synthetic cannabinoids and DNA analysis.
    News at FIU – Florida International University - by Ayleen Barbel Fatta - December 28, 2015
  • DC forensics lab to resume DNA testing in January
    Nine months after DNA testing was suspended at the District's independent crime lab, officials said evidence analysis will resume in January following a training and management overhaul.
    Fox 5 News - by Paul Wagner - December 28, 2015
  • FBI's Biometrics Technology Center named Project of the Year
    That new facility — the FBI Biometrics Technology Center — has been selected as Public Project of the Year by The Exponent Telegram Editorial Board.
    The Exponent Telegram - by Jim Davis - December 28, 2015
  • Detecting Organic Constituents of Gunshot Residue
    Organic gunshot residue (OGSR) analysis may improve the reliability of determining whether a suspect has discharged a firearm because OGSR materials are less likely to be contaminated by the environment. A new In Brief from NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence examines how ion mobility spectrometry and mass spectrometry can be used to detect OGSR...
    National Institute of Justice - July 22, 2015
  • Better DNA hair analysis for catching criminals
    A simple, lower-cost new method for DNA profiling of human hairs developed by the University of Adelaide should improve opportunities to link criminals to serious crimes. The researchers have modified existing laboratory methods and been able to produce accurate DNA profiles from trace amounts at a much higher success rate.
    NewsMaker - July 16, 2015
  • Pressure BioSciences' PCT Platform Results in a Promising New Method for Improved Extraction of DNA from Rape Kits and other Forensic Samples
    For years, biological samples for forensic analysis (e.g., body fluids) have been collected using cotton swabs. Unfortunately, sample recovery (e.g., cells, DNA) from these swabs can be cumbersome, time-consuming, difficult, and expensive. Often the biological sample is trapped in the swab's cotton fibers, resulting in a loss of precious evidence.
    PRNewswire - July 7, 2015
  • Scientists Specifying Time of Death with Muscle Proteins and Blood Color
    Timing is everything. Especially in a homicide investigation. But the time of death after 36 hours can be difficult to pin down, owing to decomposition and other limiting physical factors. Now scientists are trying to use science to attempt to give detectives more-detailed timelines in death investigations.
    Forensic Magazine - by Seth Augenstein - July 2, 2015
  • In the future, DNA could put a face to the crime
    Irish geneticist Dr Susan Walsh has received more than €900,000 from the US Department of Justice to develop tests to get a picture of physical appearance from DNA. If forensic investigators cannot find a match for DNA found at a crime scene, the DNA profile can end up sitting in a computer or in a frozen sample. But DNA has almost everything needed to give some clues about physical appearance.
    Irish Times - by Anthony King - July 2, 2015
  • Research shows fingerprint accuracy stays the same over time
    Fingerprints have been used by law enforcement and forensics experts to successfully identify people for more than 100 years. Though fingerprints are assumed to be infallible personal identifiers, there has been little scientific research to prove this claim to be true. As such, there have been repeated challenges to the admissibility of fingerprint evidence in courts of law.
    PHYS.ORG - June 29, 2015
  • Using the Right Rubber for the Job
    Rubber compounds are widely used to mould and produce copies of textured surfaces for scientific analysis, but so far little research has been done to establish which rubbers make the most reliable copies.
    Fotrensic Magazine - by University of Leicester - June 24, 2015
  • Sarasota County detectives extract fingerprint from photograph of hand
    They found a photograph of a hand, and they were able to extract and identify the fingerprint. Detectives say as far as they know, this has never been done before.
    NBC News - by John Rogers - June 22, 2015
  • QIAGEN Launches New Genetic Fingerprinting Kits for U.S. Forensic Labs
    The new genetic fingerprint kits provide an integrated solution to simultaneously analyze multiple key genomic markers (short tandem repeats or STRs) for DNA matching. They incorporate the Investigator® Quality Sensor to evaluate the quality of DNA in each sample, a novel QIAGEN technology that enables labs to decide quickly which evidence may provide valuable results - solving cases while saving time and money...
    PRNewswire - June 17, 2015
  • Dutch Develop Computer Forensics App For Botnet Investigations
    The Netherlands Forensic Institute is working on a Linux-based forensic operating system that will enable the police to secure and remotely analyze evidence related to botnets...
    NL Times - by Janene Van Jaarsveldt - June 13, 2015
  • A botanical & ecological perspective on a crime scene
    ...A forensic botanist will study trace evidence (very small pieces of evidence left at a crime scene or on remains) that may be used to identify or link a suspect to a crime. This evidence cannot bring about a conviction on its own, but may be very useful to corroborate other evidence...
    parrysound.com - By Cathy Scissons - June 12, 2015
  • These 6 'Body Farms' Help Forensic Anthropologists Learn To Solve Crimes
    At these labs, scientists primarily study the process of human decomposition using donated bodies. While the general process of decomp is biologically universal, the rate of it is significantly affected by variables like temperature and humidity...
    Forbes - by Kristina Killgrove - June 10, 2015
  • NIST Workshop Considers Ways to Improve Tattoo Recognition
    An international group of experts from industry, academia and government gathered today at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to discuss challenges and potential approaches to automated tattoo recognition, which could assist law enforcement in the identification of criminals and victims. One in five American adults sport a tattoo, and among the criminal population, that number is much higher...
    National Institute of Standards and Technology - June 8, 2015
  • Magneto-Optical Sensors Bring Obliterated Serial Numbers Back to Life
    In the firearms section of the Johnson County Sherriff's Office Criminalistics Laboratory, located southwest of Kansas City, Kan., firearms expert Jason Butell has spent many hours over the past two years destroying serial numbers on firearms and then trying to recover and read them.
    National Institute of Justice - by Jim Dawson - May, 2015
  • Iowa State to be home to a new, $20 million national center for forensic science
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a five-year, up to $20 million grant to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence to be based at Iowa State University...
    EurekAlert - May 26, 2015
  • A Brand New Mobile Forensic Breakthrough
    Susteen Inc. is proud to announce their brand new mobile forensic pincode breaking software for law enforcement. The Secure View Strike is capable of acquiring 6 digit pincode/passcodes on the most popular phones on the market...
    PRWeb - May 22, 2015
  • Forensic photography, through a medical lens
    A series of forensic photographs can be a window back in time — and crucial in criminal investigations. Jennifer Schindell, a nurse, Benton County chief deputy medical examiner and a masters student in medical anthropology and physiology, was at the Bend Police Department on Thursday to train about 30 local law enforcement, nurses and child welfare officials in basics of forensic photography.
    The Bulletin - By Claire Withycombe - May 22, 2015
  • 3D Software Eliminates False Positives in Cartridge Case Comparisons
    Despite the importance of tool mark analysis in the forensic sciences, the imaging and comparison of tool marks remains a difficult and time-consuming endeavor. Cartridge case comparison is based on the observation that microscopic firearm imperfections can be transferred to a fired cartridge case...
    National Institute of Justice - by Ryan Lilien - May 14, 2015
  • Bacteria on shoes could help forensic teams catch suspects
    Prospective criminals should take note: bacteria are everywhere. A small pilot study has shown that the germs on personal belongings such as shoes and mobile phones are actually a useful way of tracing a person’s whereabouts – something that may prove useful in forensic investigations.
    The Conversation - by Stefano Vanin - May 13, 2015
  • Microbial Variation, Stability Hint at Potential Forensic Uses for Human Microbiome
    A study published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests microbial communities found on or in some sites in an individual's body can be used as fingerprint-like identifiers.
    GenomeWeb - May 12, 2015
  • M-Vac is sucking up DNA evidence needed to catch criminals
    After a crime is committed, the search for justice can be frustrating and often devastating for victims. Now, a new forensics tool developed and produced in Utah is helping investigators crack cases that might have gone unsolved and unpunished.
    KSL Broadcasting - by Sandra Olney - May 11, 2015
  • Skull Fracture 'Prints' May Help Forensic Scientists Solve Child Abuse Cases
    It’s not always easy to determine whether a hurt child is suffering from a simple accident or abuse. Now, Michigan State University scientists have discovered the ways in which a skull fracture may leave behind a highly distinctive signature, much like fingers leave behind their ‘print’...
    Medical Daily - By Susan Scutti - May 8, 2015
  • Legal Issues with Cloud Forensics
    Unlike traditional digital forensics, cloud forensics presents a unique challenge due to the omnipresent nature of “the cloud.” Many of these challenges are legal and can be overcome by planning NIST defines the cloud as...
    Forensic Magazine - by David Wilson - May 7, 2015
  • Arizona Department of Public Safety is First NDIS Lab to Upload DNA Profiles to National Database Utilizing Rapid DNA
    IntegenX announced today that the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Crime Laboratory is using Rapid DNA technology to test DNA from qualifying arrestees for upload to the national DNA database. This capability streamlines the current process of DNA profile hit-matching against crime scene evidence, to...
    Business Wire - May 5, 2015
  • Solving Crimes With Pollen, One Grain Of Evidence At A Time
    Dallas Mildenhall, a white-haired scientist in his 70s, is a forensic palynologist – a pollen and spores expert who helps solve crimes. One of only a handful of such experts in the world, he has helped solve cases of murder, arson and art forgery all over the globe...
    npr.org - April 25, 2015
  • LIMS vs QMS: What Are They and Do I Need Both?
    So what is a LIMS and a QMS? If I run a laboratory, do I need one of these or do I need both? Let us start with a description of the two systems. A LIMS is a Laboratory Information Management System...
    Forensic Magazine - by Juliann Poff - April 24, 2015
  • Crime scene discovery—separating the DNA of identical twins
    Since its first use in the 1980s - a breakthrough dramatised in recent ITV series Code of a Killer - DNA profiling has been a vital tool for forensic investigators. Now researchers at the University of Huddersfield have solved one of its few limitations by successfully testing a technique for distinguishing between the DNA - or genetic fingerprint - of identical twins.
    PHYS.ORG - April 23, 2015
  • The Maps Within: Using Viruses in Forensic Biology
    ...There are, of course, certain events that can pose enormous challenges in identifying the deceased. The huge scope of mass casualty events such as wars, terrorist attacks, and environmental disasters can eclipse the capacities of forensic scientists...
    Discover Magazine - By Rebecca Kreston - April 19, 2015
  • The Impact of Forensic Science Research and Development
    In crime labs across the United States, scientists and technicians are being armed with increasingly sophisticated technologies that they can use to help bring criminals to justice and prevent the innocent from going to prison. Innovations from forensic science research and development (R&D) are bringing new techniques to crime solving and increasing the reliability and efficiency of forensic testing.
    National Institute of Justice - April, 2015
  • Forensics look to Pinpoint Gender and Ethnicity from Hair
    Lily Huang, a four-year Master’s student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, is on the job. For her thesis, Huang wanted to do something in the field of forensic analysis and she had the idea to analyze hair for gender and for ethnicity...
    officer.com - BY SARA SCULLIN - April 15, 2015
  • Researchers Can Trace Dust Samples Using Fungal DNA
    The primary goal of the research was to develop a new forensic biology tool for law enforcement or archaeologists.
    NC State News - April 15, 2015
  • Simple Pressure and Vacuum Switch Technology Helps Collect Crucial DNA Evidence
    For many years, DNA data has played a crucial role in solving crimes. Traditionally, forensic departments have taken sample collections by using swabs. However, this has not always been the optimum solution for collecting micro-particles from rough, porous or smooth surfaces.
    PRWeb - April 14, 2015
  • A Comparative Study of Email Forensic Tools
    In this paper, we examine a set of common features to compare and contrast five popular open source email forensic tools. The study finds that all email forensic tools are not similar, offer diverse types of facility. By combining analysis tools, it may be possible to gain detailed information in the area of email forensic.
    Scientific Research Publishing Inc. - by Vamshee Krishna Devendran, Hossain Shahriar, and Victor Clincy - April 10, 2015
  • Forensic Spotlight - Next Generation Identification
    The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division took biometric identification to the next level when the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System—now the FBI’s largest information technology system—became fully operational...
    FBI.GOV - By C. Michael Riley - April 8, 2015
  • New DNA technique means pointing the finger at the right identical twin just got easier
    DNA profiling (or genetic fingerprinting) has proved a revolutionary tool for forensic investigators as a means to identify potential suspects, exonerate the innocent and convict the guilty. But, like any forensic technique, it has its limitations. One limitation is in cases involving identical twins, something that has raised technical, legal and ethical problems – until now.
    The Conversation - by Graham Williams - April 2, 2015
  • IUPUI chemist earns grant to improve drug screening in forensics
    IUPUI analytical chemist Nicholas E. Manicke has received a $273,826 award from the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice to improve the speed and accuracy of mass spectrometry for detecting drugs and poisons in blood samples.
    IUPUI Newsroom - March 31, 2015
  • International Association of Arson Investigators-Certified Fire Investigator Board Receives Accreditation from Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board
    The Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB) announces its recent accreditation of the International Association of Arson Investigators-Certified Fire Investigator Board and...
    PR Newswire - March 31, 2015
  • Tracks Inspector simplifies digital evidence collection and analysis for law enforcement
    Most online crimes leave digital evidence. Tracks Inspector aids non-technical investigators in collection and analysis...
    NETWORKWORLD - By Linda Musthaler - March 26, 2015
  • ISACA Lays Out Forensics for the Data Breach Era
    When faced with a data breach, the first order of business for companies is to find out what happened, and then how it happened and who did it. To aid in the process, which is unfortunately no longer a rare scenario, ISACA has issued a new set of guidelines that outline the digital forensics process and identify the key steps for organizations to consider when dealing with attacks.
    Infosecurity Magazine - by Tara Seals - March 24, 2015
  • Cyber CSI: the challenges of digital forensics
    Forensics is changing in the digital age, and the legal system is still catching up when it comes to properly employing digital evidence.
    The Conversation - by Richard Boddington - March 16, 2015
  • Newly developed system that can identify fingerprints noninvasively and without physical contact
    In a joint project, researchers have developed a "Forensic Hyperspectral Imager" device based on hyperspectral imaging techniques, which can differentiate layered fingerprints into individual prints and detect untreated latent fingerprints from surfaces such as walls and magnetic sides of railway tickets.
    PHYS.ORG - by Waseda University - March 13, 2015
  • New Contrast SDFI Camera System to be Released and Used for Crime Scene Investigations
    The new Contrast SDFI Camera is designed to be used in all types of investigations such as sexual assault, domestic violence, homicide, child abuse, human trafficking, death investigations and crime scenes. Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, forensic nurses and other attendees will be able to try out this new technology.
    PRWeb - March 11, 2015
  • Forensic holodeck creates 3D crime scenes
    Led by researcher Lars Ebert, the team at the university's Institute of Forensic Medicine, have created what they say is the first system in the world to visualize the 3D data of forensic scans.
    Reuters - March 3, 2015
  • Writing A Search Warrant Application for a Mobile Device
    Search warrants for mobile devices are in the news again. This time, the issue isn’t whether a warrant is needed; it’s how specific the warrant needs to be.
    OFFICER.com - BY CHRISTA M. MILLER - March 3, 2015
  • Dusting for Cyber Fingerprints: Computer Scientists Use Coding Style to Identify Anonymous Programmers
    A team of computer scientists, led by researchers from Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, have devised a way to lift the veil of anonymity protecting cybercriminals by turning their malicious code against them.
    DrexelNOW - February 26, 2015
  • Forensic Benefits Of Video Analytics
    Video analytics have earned a reputation as solutions that can provide real-time intelligence to enable immediate response. However, another aspect of video analytics is how the technology can be used for forensics...
    SourceSecurity.com - By Larry Anderson - February 24, 2015, 2015
  • DOJ R&D Agency Awards Grants For Speedier Digital Forensics
    The US Department of Justice's R&D agency has awarded grants for the development of new tools that speed up the process of examining hard drives in the wake of a cyberattack or other types of criminal cases.
    DARKReading - by Kelly Jackson-Higgins - February 23, 2015
  • Inside the ATF lab: The world’s largest fire investigation facility
    “If it will burn, we’ll set it on fire,” said Lenwood S. Reeves, a certified investigator at the Fire Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., where he and nearly 70 colleagues with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives work to understand how fires start and why.
    The Washington Post - By Lynh Bui - February 20, 2015
  • SRU alumna develops method for finding evidence in crimes
    A SRU alumna has developed a method that allows trace evidence examiners to identify remnants of cosmetic preservatives when there is contact between victim and suspect.
    The Rocket - By Bridget McClure - February 19, 2015
  • Hair Dye Can Help Police Catch Criminals
    Scientists have found a way to analyze hair samples at crime scenes to rapidly determine whether it was colored and what brand of dye was used.
    Laboratory Equipment - February 18, 2015
  • IUPUI researchers working with DNA to change the way crimes are solved
    The researchers' goal is to build a database of enough genetic code so that someday all investigators will need is a little DNA at a crime scene and they'll be able to plug the genetic code extracted from it into a computer and have a picture of their suspect.
    WTHR.com - By Emily Longnecker - February 18, 2015
  • How Wine Smelling Techniques Could Help Solve Crime
    Alison Davidson is a kind of olfactory Sherlock. A quiet but crisp scientist who runs the forensics lab at the University of Staffordshire, she is working on a form of analysis that in the near future could allow police to gather odour evidence from, say, a coat left at the scene of the crime to build a profile of a suspect...
    The Telegraph - by Victoria Moore - February 16, 2015
  • Validation of Tool Mark Analysis of Cut Costal Cartilage
    Researchers have shown that the striation pattern impressed in costal cartilage during the creation of a cut mark is an adequate representation of the tool’s cutting edge and can be used to identify class and individual characteristics of the tool.
    Forensic Magazine - by Jennifer C. Love, Sharon M. Derrick, Jason M. Wiersema and Charles Peters, NIJ - February 13, 2015
  • Crystal pattern mapping can recover obliterated serial numbers in metals
    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a technique for mapping deformation in metals that can recover destroyed serial numbers on metal objects such as firearms, a common challenge in forensics.
    PHYS.ORG - by Laura Ost - February 12, 2015
  • Novel Computer-Assisted Identification Method Using Radiograph Comparison
    Medical examiners and coroners hold legal responsibility for the identification of a body. The use of scientific identification is necessary in many cases where a body is tentatively identified, the deceased has disfiguring facial trauma/charring, or there is potential for incorrect assignment of identity.
    ForensicMag.com - February 11, 2015
  • Researchers Develop Handheld System to Identify Illegal Drugs
    University of Central Florida scientists, led by physicist Richard Blair, have developed a handheld fluorometer that, when combined with a smartphone, allows quick, accurate and inexpensive spectral analysis of suspected illegal drugs by law enforcement officers in the field.
    Forensic Magazine - February 5, 2015
  • Orange County crime lab has a new way to connect the bullets: 3D ballistics
    The lab is the first in the U.S. to put to work a new scanning system that catalogs more detailed markings and grooves than ever before.
    OC Register - BY ALMA FAUSTO - February 4, 2015
  • Fingerprint Examiners Found to Have Very Low Error Rates
    A large-scale study of the accuracy and reliability of decisions made by latent fingerprint examiners found that examiners make extremely few errors. Even when examiners did not get an independent second opinion about the decisions, they were remarkably accurate...
    PRNewswire - February 2, 2015
  • NIST Forensic Science Standards Committees to Hold First Public Meetings in February 2015
    The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), which coordinates the development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community under the auspices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will hold its first set of public meetings in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 16 and 17, 2015. The meetings will include presentation and discussion of priorities for developing standards and guidelines for each forensic science discipline.
    NIST - January 27, 2015
  • Forensic Entomology is More than Just Blow Flies and Beetles
    ...A new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology shows that other insects — ones that are not normally associated with human corpses — also interact with dead bodies, which may provide more clues for forensic entomologists in the future...
    Entomology Today - January 22, 2015
  • Penn State research on mitochondrial DNA could bolster forensic investigations
    A new grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will help scientists from Penn State’s Eberly College of Science delve deep into the world of mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, used to help solve crime in forensic investigations.
    Penn State News - January 21, 2015
  • Hyperspectral Imaging Provides Detection and High Contrast Imaging of Biological Stains
    The analysis of biological fluids at a crime scene or on an article of physical evidence can assist investigators in understanding the circumstances surrounding a violent crime as well as provide a link between a suspect, the victim and the crime scene through DNA analysis...
    ChemImage - January 8, 2015
  • DNA Sequencing Software Speeds Up Analysis Time
    Advancements in DNA sequencing software can provide law enforcement with even faster results during criminal investigations, and help to decrease bottlenecks in rape kit data analysis, says one Pennsylvania-based company.
    Forensic Magazine - by Sean Allocca - January 8, 2015
  • FARO® Launches Innovative, User-Friendly Handheld 3D Laser Scanner to Meet Growing Demand for Portable Scanning
    The FARO Freestyle3D is equipped with a Microsoft Surface™ tablet and offers unprecedented real-time visualization by allowing the user to view point cloud data as it is captured. The Freestyle3D scans to a distance of up to three (3) meters and captures up to 88K points per second with accuracy better than 1.5mm...
    PRNewswire - January 7, 2015
  • Oxygen Forensic Suite 7.0 Recovers Deleted Files, Targets Windows Phone and CDR
    Oxygen Forensics releases a major update to its flagship mobile forensic solution, Oxygen Forensic® Suite. Version 7.0 offers Android file carving, enables support for Call Data Records received from wireless service providers, and acquires data from Windows Phone 8.x JTAG images produced with third-party tools.
    PRNewswire - January 6, 2015
  • Dentin for forensic drug monitoring
    Drugs of abuse can be detected in dentin, providing a novel matrix for forensic toxicology studies.
    spectrometryNOW.com - by Steve Down - December 21, 2014
  • Microbial 'signature' for sexual crimes
    Bacterial communities living on an individual's pubic hairs could be used as a microbial 'signature' to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases, according to a study published in the open access journal Investigative Genetics.
    PHYS.ORG - December 15, 2014
  • Huddersfield University's breakthrough could help catch note fakers
    Fingerprints discovered on counterfeit bank notes can now be traced to an exact stage in the production process due to ground-breaking research carried out in Huddersfield.
    Huddersfield Daily Examiner - By Louise Cooper - December 12, 2014
  • Study 'makes the case' for RFID forensic evidence management
    Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags—devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people—have become increasingly popular for tracking everything from automobiles being manufactured on an assembly line to zoo animals in transit to their new homes. Now, thanks to a new NIST report, the next beneficiaries of RFID technology may soon be law enforcement agencies responsible for the management of forensic evidence.
    PHYS.ORG - December 5, 2014
  • How NIST is helping law enforcement with digital forensics
    One of the biggest tools NIST offers law enforcement is a vast library of computer software that allows experts to identify computer files by name, size, manufacturer and cryptologic hashes.
    fedscoop.com - By Greg Otto - December 5, 2014
  • Passware First to Enable Computer Forensics to Crack Linux Disk Encryption (LUKS)
    Passware introduces hardware-accelerated password cracking software for Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS) full disk encryption, providing law enforcement and computer investigators with an efficient decryption solution.
    PRNewswire - December 4, 2014
  • FBI Updates DNA Quality Assurance Standards to Now Include Rapid DNA Analysis
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has updated their current DNA databasing standards to include an Addendum to the Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories performing Rapid DNA analysis and Modified Rapid DNA Analysis Using a Rapid DNA Instrument.
    power-eng.com - December 1, 2014
  • 5 types of pattern evidence all investigators should know
    While all evidence at a crime scene is important and must be considered, pattern evidence requires careful analysis — and sometimes specialized training — in order to properly interpret it...
    PoliceOne.com - by Moe Greenberg - November 25, 2014
  • Police Turning to Cutting-Edge Fingerprint Technology
    The Stockton (Calif.) Police Department has been testing state-of-the-art equipment that could change the way law enforcement agencies process fingerprints and identify suspects.
    The Record - by Jason Anderson - November 25, 2014
  • Opto-Digital Microscopy for Crime Scene Investigations
    Adopting the latest digital microscopy technology has facilitated some intriguing discoveries in forensics research at the University of Abertay...
    AZO Optics - November 25, 2014
  • New Way to Analyze DNA Evidence Under Development at Rutgers University–Camden
    Forensic experts in crime labs around the world could soon have a new tool to help them better analyze DNA evidence thanks to the work of a Rutgers University–Camden computer scientist.
    Rutgers–Camden News Now - November 24, 2014
  • RCMP shine light on latest fingerprint-detection methods for new banknotes, older cold-case exhibits
    When the Bank of Canada started making the switch a few years ago from paper currency to the smoother polymer bills, it touted the upgrade as a way to stay ahead of counterfeiters. But the change also meant that Canada’s crime fighters had to come up with a new method for lifting fingerprints off of them since the traditional “wet chemistry” method used on the old paper bills no longer worked on the new ones.
    POSTMEDIA NEWS - by Douglas Quan - November 24, 2014
  • Belkasoft Evidence Center 7.0 Becomes an All-in-One Computer and Mobile Forensic Solution
    Belkasoft announces a major update to its digital forensic solution, Belkasoft Evidence Center. With newly added File System and Scripting modules, version 7.0 enables the analysis of file structures of computer hard drives and disk images, mobile phone backups, images and chip-off dumps, as well as many virtual machines. With this major update, Belkasoft Evidence Center becomes one of the major players in the field of digital forensics.
    PRWeb - November 18, 2014
  • Research aims to assist forensic investigations
    Oklahoma State University students are making a big difference in a national effort to identify criminals using a sample of automobile paint taken from a crime scene...
    Stillwater News Press - By Megan Sando - November 16, 2014
  • New DNA analysis could provide complete description of a suspect
    When DNA evidence began appearing in U.S. courtrooms in the late 1980s, it was heralded as the greatest leap forward in criminal investigation since fingerprinting...
    The Columbus Dispatch - By Theodore Decker - November 2, 2014
  • MSU and Detroit analyze tiny bacteria to investigate murders
    The Wayne County Medical Examiner is sending swab samples from dead bodies to Michigan State University researchers. They're going to run a new kind of analysis in hopes of determining when someone died...
    Michigan Radio - By Kate Wells - October 29, 2014
  • Exploring techniques for identifying body fluids on criminal evidence
    Crime scene investigation is about to get more affordable and efficient, as researchers from the National Center for Forensic Science in Orlando, Florida, have found a cheaper and faster method to identify a wide range of body fluids.
    Security Info Watch - by Maaike Pols - October 29, 2014
  • Department of Justice and Defense grants to be used to improve forensic identification
    The U.S. Department of Justice along with the Department of Defense has awarded Catherine Grgicak, PhD, assistant professor in biomedical forensic sciences at Boston University School of Medicine, approximately $2.5 million to more accurately analyze DNA evidence at a crime scene...
    PHYS.ORG - October 27, 2014
  • 3D Printing Takes the Place of Traditional Clay Modeling in Forensic Facial Reconstruction
    3D printing is now proving extremely useful in the field of forensic facial reconstruction, a method of identifying skeletal remains.
    3DPrint.com - by Debra Thimmesch - October 27, 2014
  • Numbers Meets CSI: Qualifying Value of Forensic Evidence
    Forensic statisticians to interpret pattern, impression evidence
    newswise - October 24, 2014
  • Booz Allen Debuts VAMPIRE -- New Tactical Forensic Device for Law Enforcement -- at IACP Conference
    "Handheld Forensics Lab" Conducts On-Site, Real-Time Fingerprint Analysis
    MarketWatch - October 23, 2014
  • Minneapolis at the forefront of new gun ID technology
    Minneapolis police are using the newest bullet-tracing technology to match bullets to different crimes around the city. The high-tech system is a major advancement for...
    Star Tribune - by: LIBOR JANY - October 16, 2014
  • Inside the Homeland Security Investigations Computer Forensics Lab
    Nearly every case Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) opens has some sort of digital evidence to be collected and analyzed. But the work can’t be done by just anyone. The data must be meticulously cared for by agents trained to preserve the integrity of the material, who can also combat suspects’ attempts to erase their digital dealings — even from afar...
    NBC10.com - By Vince Lattanzio - October 10, 2014
  • 4 crime scene mistakes that can sink a cyberforensic investigation
    It’s easy to see how forensics used during a cyberattack investigation are similar to those used in a physical crime scene. In both cases, the evidence must be secured and handled properly, and photographs or images must be taken to capture how the crime scene was originally found. Network traffic and application scans can reveal as much as fingerprints and blood spatter do. But, the similarities don’t end there...
    gcn.com - By Jayne Friedland Holland - October 9, 2014
  • 'Touch DNA': Police harness advancing genetic science to solve crimes
    DNA. It can be used to identify suspects, link crime scenes – or exonerate those wrongly convicted of crimes. It's an increasingly powerful crime-solving tool, one that has also stoked civil liberties and privacy concerns...
    The Plain Dealer - By Chris Morris - October 9, 2014
  • "Magic" marker helps investigators in hunt for fingerprints
    A "magic" marker pen developed at the University of Leicester enables forensic experts, police and criminal investigators to quickly determine whether a receipt potentially containing fingerprint deposits is made of thermal paper, with another device then used to reveal the presence of any fingerprints....
    gizmag - By Richard Moss - October 8, 2014
  • Nanoparticles give up forensic secrets
    A group of researchers from Switzerland has thrown light on the precise mechanisms responsible for the impressive ability of nanoparticles to detect fingermarks left at crime scenes.
    EurekAlert - October 1, 2014
  • A Surprising Time-of-Death Tool
    One of the most important tasks for a forensic scientist investigating a death is to determine when the person died.
    Scientific American - By Jennifer Frazer - September 16, 2014
  • Processing evidence requires many tests
    The WVSP Forensic Lab, an accredited, full-service laboratory, serves all 55 counties in the state, including all law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level.
    Register-Herald - By Wendy Holdren Register - September 14, 2014
  • The Death Microbiome Could Inform Forensic Science And Medicine
    The cells in your body are outnumbered 10 to one by microbial cells, and like it or not, eventually the microbes will win, reports The NewScientist.
    Design & Trend - by Randall Mayes - September 11, 2014
  • New Forensic Subcommittee on Digital Evidence Added to Organization of Scientific Area Committees
    Digital evidence, one of the fastest growing areas of forensic science, will now have its own subcommittee in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-administered Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC)...
    NIST - September 8, 2014
  • Blowfly maggots provide physical evidence for forensic cases
    Estimation of the post mortem interval (PMI) is one of the most crucial matters in autopsies and entomological specimens have been widely used to determine PMI after 72 hours of death.
    PHYS.ORG - September 2, 2014
  • Drones give RCMP ‘new perspective’ of crime scenes
    From crime scene assistance to traffic collision reconstruction, the RCMP has eight UAVs in its inventory and Cpl. Byron Charbonneau, who coordinates the province's UAV program, said the units have proven their worth.
    Winnipeg Sun - By David Larkins - August 30, 2014
  • Improved image analysis tools speed exploited children cases
    Digital devices have provided law enforcement agencies investigating child abuse and exploitation with an embarrassment of riches. The devices can hold thousands of images that can be used as evidence and as clues to help identify and find missing children. But the sheer volume of data being reviewed can slow an investigation to a crawl.
    GCN.com - By William Jackson - August 27, 2014
  • Digital Forensics Certification Board Offers New Certification
    The Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB), an independent certifications organization for digital evidence examiners, today announced the creation of the Digital Forensics Certified Associate (DFCA).
    Market Wired - August 26, 2014
  • FBI digitizes millions of records, drastically cutting fingerprint matching time
    More than 30 million records and about 83 million fingerprint cards were converted to digital form in the bureau's Next Generation Identification, or NGI, system, a state-of-the-art digital platform of biometric and other types of identity data.
    FierceGovernmentIT - By Stephanie Kanowitz - August 25, 2014
  • Oxygen Forensic® Passware® Analyst Acquires Protected Mobile Devices Data
    Oxygen Forensics announces the release of Oxygen Forensic® Passware® Analyst, a new mobile forensic tool integrating Oxygen’s award-winning acquisition and analytic tools with Passware’s password recovery and data extraction.
    PRWeb - August 19, 2014
  • Feds aim to fund forensic science center
    A federal agency within the Commerce Department is looking to give $20 million to fund a new forensic science research center.
    The Hill - By Julian Hattem - August 18, 2014
  • Cyber forensics: taking tips from a detective’s playbook
    For any detective, the first steps at a crime scene include a scan of the area -- what is out of place, initial observations about how the incident occurred -- quickly followed by securing the scene, establishing boundaries with tape and limiting entry and exit points. The same holds true in cybercrime forensics.
    gsnmagazine.com - By: Jayne Friedland Holland - August 17, 2014
  • 3M Cogent to present new latent searching and fingerprint marking AFIS features at IAI Conference
    3M Cogent is set to present the newest features of its automated fingerprint and palmprint identification system client application at the International Association for Identification’s Annual Education Conference, set to take place August 10-16, 2014 in Minneapolis.
    biometricupdate.com - By Adam Vrankulj - August 1, 2014
  • UNT Forensic Chemist Develops System to Identify Counterfeit Documents for the U.S. Department of Justice
    An associate professor of Chemistry at the University of North Texas developed a system that is able to identify fraudulent documents through the analysis of ink, paint, paper and other counterfeit materials.
    Bio News Texas - July 31, 2014
  • Bullet 'fingerprints' to help solve crimes
    Criminals don't just need to worry about their own fingerprints...they should also be concerned about their bullets' unique 'fingerprints'.
    PHYS.ORG - by David Stacey - July 30, 2014
  • Solving Digital Crimes in the Cloud Faces Numerous Challenges
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology has identified 65 forensic science challenges in the cloud, and is working to build a roadmap to overcoming them.
    govtech.com - by Jessica Hughes - July 30, 2014
  • The CSI spray British bobbies will soon use that collars culprits by 'lighting up' different bodily fluids left at the scene of a crime
    When officers arrive at a crime scene, they will be able to quickly and easily find out whether the perpetrator has left behind saliva, sweat or other bodily fluids with the help of a fluorescent spray.
    Mail Online - July 28, 2014
  • Dead body feeding larvae useful in forensic investigations
    Non-biting blow fly Chrysomya megacephala is commonly found in dead bodies and is used in forensic investigations to determine the time of death, referred to as the post mortem interval...
    PHYS.ORG - July 23, 2014
  • Taking a fingerprints now reveals a criminal's sex and even how much coffee they've drunk: Revolutionary nanopowder captures trace chemicals sitting on skin
    A revolutionary powder claims to be able to discover what a person has eaten, what medication they’re on and even their sex, all from a single fingerprint.
    Mail Online - By Victoria Woollaston - July 18, 2014
  • UK, the world’s most surveilled state, begins using automated face recognition to catch criminals
    Police in the UK have become one of the first major police forces to deploy automated facial recognition technology to catch criminals.
    ExtremeTech.com - By Sebastian Anthony - July 17, 2014
  • Hair elements distinguish ethnicity and gender
    A new forensic tool, being developed by scientists in Canada, uses a combination of spectroscopy and statistical analysis to determine a person’s gender and ethnicity from a thread of head hair.
    chemistryworld - By Rebecca Brodie - May 14, 2014
  • NetClean forensic tool gives police way of analysing growing volume of image evidence
    Image forensics firm NetClean Technologies has come up with a way to use its world-renowned child porn image-fingerprinting technology to help police document and investigate images and videos connected to a much wider range of crimes.
    TechWorld - By John E Dunn - May 12, 2014
  • How the police can trace photos back to your camera
    Forensic experts have long been able to match a series of prints to the hand that left them, or a bullet to the gun that fired it. Now, the same thing is being done with the photos taken by digital cameras, and is ushering in a new era of digital crime fighting.
    ITProPortal - by Paul Cooper - May 7, 2014
  • Method Developed to Determine Fingerprint Comparison Difficulty
    Fingerprint examination, though in use for more than 100 years, has until recently undergone surprisingly little scientific scrutiny.
    biosciencetechnology.com - May 7, 2014
  • Pioneering forensics research into body fluids in sexual assaults
    Research student Kimberley Bexon's passion for DNA analysis means she is playing a key role in a project at the University of Huddersfield that should be a major aid in the investigation of sex offences.
    PHYS.ORG - May 1, 2014
  • New fingerprint method to catch thieves faster
    Tracing snatchers and thieves can soon become much easier as researchers have now developed a more reliable fingerprinting method using sweat pores.
    business-standard.com - May 1, 2014
  • CyanLine Introduces Forensic Imager On a Thumb Drive
    CyanLine is now offering MiniDAS, a compact forensic imaging software, which collects metadata that can change the outcome of criminal investigations.
    PRWeb - April 22, 2014
  • Oxygen Forensic Suite 2014: Data Acquisition from My Windows Phone
    The addition of data acquisition from My Windows Phone Cloud expands the list of available data sources in Oxygen Forensic Suite 2014.
    PRWeb - April 22, 2014
  • Red-handed: can we make fingerprints better at catching criminals?
    From determining sex to solving crimes underwater, inside the quest to redefine forensic fingerprinting.
    The Verge - By Arielle Duhaime-Ross - April 9, 2014
  • Software helps police manage lawful access to forensics info
    Forensic lab managers can now enforce policies for extracting data based on user profiles or department policies.
    gcn.com - April 7, 2014
  • LifeWings Helps University Develop Mobile App to Improve Crime Scene Investigations
    Like airline flights and operating rooms, crime scene investigations can be chaotic, high-pressure situations involving many people with different agendas who have one chance to do the job correctly.
    PRWeb - April 2, 2014
  • Chemists Develop “Fingerprint” for Identifying Crime Scene Ammunition, Targets Wider Range of Trace Evidence than Current Methodologies
    The novel approach combining tape lifting and attenuated total reflectance (ATR) Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopic imaging complements their previous research in determining the kind of ammunition shot from a gun based on gunshot residue (GSR) left behind.
    labmanager.com - By University at Albany - April 1, 2014
  • Wis. college creates body farm for forensic research
    A body farm is an outdoor research facility where forensic scientists place animal carcasses and donated human cadavers in various settings...
    USA Today - Duke Behnke - March 30, 2014
  • Fingerprints give police new clues for solving crime
    Back in their laboratory, the team uses an analytical technique called mass spectroscopy to find traces of substances, no matter how small, on or within the ridges of the print.
    BBC News - By Rebecca Morelle - March 27, 2014
  • E-Investigations Releases 5 Best Practices for Digital Evidence Collection and Preservation in a Forensic Investigation
    E-Investigations, a leader in digital forensic investigations, provides the following 5 Best Practices for Digital Evidence Collection and Preservation to help ensure the integrity of digital evidence...
    PRWeb - March 26, 2014
  • Feature: scientists try to bring nuclear, forensic science together
    The basis for a cross-border approach to fight nuclear terrorism lies in the field of nuclear forensics...
    ShanghaiDaily.com - by Jesse Wieten - March 26, 2014
  • Real-Time Data Acquisition with Oxygen Forensic Extractor
    Oxygen Forensics releases Oxygen Forensic Extractor enabling data acquisition from several thousand mobile devices. The new toolkit enables OEM manufacturers to build real-time data acquisition systems for law enforcement and forensic customers.
    PRWeb - March 25, 2014
  • DNA could help draw offender's face
    A first step towards genetic mugshots...has been taken by US researchers linking specific DNA markers with face shape.
    The Austrailian - March 21, 2014
  • How To Identify Where Someone's Been — Without A Fingerprint Or Human DNA
    Wiping fingerprints and cleaning up stray hairs may not be enough to remove evidence that you've been at a crime scene.
    Business Insider - March 20, 2014
  • New MTSU-developed Smartphone App Gives Officers a Crime-Scene Checklist
    “Checklist App for Scene Examination,” aims to serve as a "systematic guide for the new officer who first arrives at a scene,"
    wmot.org - March 19, 2014
  • Blood spatter analysis – how it works
    The shape, size, pattern and location of blood stains can reveal a lot about a crime scene. Here's your handy guide to analysing blood spatter from a gunshot.
    health24.com - March 10, 2014
  • Detecting fingerprints on non-porous material and in wet or humid conditions
    A NEW technique being developed by West Australian chemists could provide crime investigators with a safer, simpler and more versatile method for extracting good quality fingermarks, even from non-porous surfaces and in wet or humid conditions.
    PHYS.ORG - by Kerry Faulkner - February 25, 2014
  • Voom Technologies’ Shadow 3 said to provide a quick way to investigate computers without compromising evidence
    To access a suspect’s computer, traditional procedure involves removing the hard drive, creating a forensic image (a duplicate copy) and then analyzing that copy using sophisticated industry-specific software.
    Government Security News - February 24, 2014
  • DataWorks Plus’ RAPID-ID a success during its first night’s use in Brookhaven
    The Brookhaven Police Department’s new DataWorks Plus’ RAPID- ID mobile fingerprint scanners identifies a fugitive wanted...
    The Brookhaven Post - February 22, 2014
  • Forensic Science Study Reveals a Better Rat Trap in M-Vac
    Solving more sexual assault cases with improved DNA collection technology
    PRWeb - February 21, 2014
  • FoxFury Unveils Portable, Powerful 5W Blue Forensic Laser System
    FoxFury Lighting Solutions unveiled the first truly portable 5W blue forensic laser system...
    PRWeb - February 20, 2014
  • 6 critical crime scene laser scanning mistakes to avoid
    While the scanner has made a quantum leap in accuracy and comprehensiveness, the integrity of the scene and the scan data ultimately depends upon investigators carefully following well-established protocols and procedures as well as forging new guidelines as technology advances.
    PoliceOne.com - February 18, 2014
  • DNA Technology: 150 Years of Research and Development
    The use of DNA identification methodologies has revolutionised crime scene investigation, but its use has often been the subject of controversy, and the use of forensic science in the courtroom has given rise to changes in the law and the interpretation of law.
    Labmate Online - February 11, 2014
  • Researchers describe tool that manipulates RAM, misleads cybercrime investigators
    Jacob Williams and Alissa Torres described a concept tool that would allow cybercriminals to cover their tracks by altering the contents of a computer's memory.
    TechRepublic.com - By Michael Kassner - January 27, 2014
  • Biomarkers leave gender clues at crime scene
    Scientists in the US have unveiled details of a colorimetric assay1 that could provide an initial indication of a suspect’s gender during the on-scene stages of a forensic investigation
    chemistryworld - by Kirsty Muirhead - January 15, 2014
  • New research project to genetically discriminate "identical" monozygotic twins
    A multidisciplinary Eurofins team in the Eurofins flagship Genomics laboratory in Ebersberg, Germany, has successfully completed a research project to genetically discriminate "identical" monozygotic twins.
    NewsMedical.net - December 10, 2013
  • Study raises questions about longstanding forensic identification technique
    Forensic experts have long used the shape of a person’s skull to make positive identifications of human remains. But those findings may now be called into question...
    R&D Magazine - December 10, 2013
  • UCD researchers develop low-cost crime scene evidence gatherer
    Lero researchers at University College Dublin have developed a low cost device that can help police forces in developing countries or with limited budgets to capture digital and computer data at crime scenes.
    phys.org - November 20, 2013
  • Belkasoft Evidence Center 6.0 Carves Android and Windows Registry Items, Supports Visual Timeline and Drops Prices
    Belkasoft announces a major update to its flagship forensic product, Belkasoft Evidence Center 2014.
    PRWeb - November 20, 2013
  • TruNarc analyzer device to speed drug cases in Etowah County
    The backlog for the Department of Forensic Sciences' drug labs is causing major problems for everyone involved...
    The Gadsen Times - By John Davidson - November 19, 2013
  • DNA crime fighting gets faster and easier
    DNA evidence used to be used for just high-profile crimes...
    fox8live.com - by: Nicondra Norwood - November 18, 2013
  • Nanotechnology on the crime scene
    Scientists are working at nanotechnology applications that may steer the power of forensics, but the challenge is bringing them from lab to court
    The Guardian - by Michele Catanzaro - November 17, 2013
  • Virtual CSI: Microsoft Launches Cybercrime Center
    The installation is meant to be a best-of-breed “center of excellence” for advancing the global fight against cybercrime...
    infosecurity-magazine.com - November 14, 2013
  • Top Computer Forensics Company Offers Exclusive Software at No Charge to Law Enforcement Agencies that Captures Forensic Images & Previously Unidentifiable Data
    CyanLine is now offering MiniDAS, forensic imaging software that collects never-before-known metadata, exclusively to law enforcement agencies worldwide, at no cost.
    PRWeb - November 14, 2013
  • Oxygen Forensic Suite v5.4 Extracts Data From Passcode-Locked iOS Devices, Enables Acquisition of iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPad 3/4/Air and iPad mini with Retina Display
    ...enables acquisition of passcode-protected devices that were previously considered unbreakable...
    itbusinessnet.com - November 13, 2013
  • Garland’s panoramic camera gives investigations a new look
    The camera, the first of its kind in Texas, gives investigators a fuller perspective on a crime scene — and the chance to take another look at it long after the cleanup crews have wiped away the area.
    dallasnews.com - By TRISTAN HALLMAN - November 6, 2013
  • New forensic technique for identifying cloth fibers
    In the new method, he and his colleagues used a well-known technique called X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) – but with a twist.
    Science Codex - October 29, 2013
  • Traces of DNA exposed by twisted light
    Structures that put a spin on light reveal tiny amounts of DNA with 50 times better sensitivity than the best current methods...
    phys.org - October 28, 2013
  • The blood detectives: Scientific breakthrough in reading stains may help solve crimes
    A camera that can detect and date blood traces is set to revolutionise the science of crime scene investigation.
    The Independent - by Jonathan Brown - October 27, 2013
  • Preparing for the Digital Future With Forensics Education
    The growing threat of cyber attacks and the increased need for mobile security has led to a boom in the cyber security and digital forensic industries.
    Huffington Post - by Jonathan Rajewski - October 25, 2013
  • Novel Technique to Detect Fingerprints
    An innovative product that uses fluorescence to detect fingerprints has been developed by a team...
    ScienceDaily.com - October 24, 2013
  • ChemImage Presents its Hyperspectral Imaging Technology for Forensic Applications at the 22nd Congress of Criminology in Brazil
    The presentation...centered on the company's hyperspectral imaging analysis technology and its ability to assist forensic scientists in applications such as questioned documents, ink discrimination, blood spatter and serology.
    PR Newswire - October 23, 2013
  • Gathering crime scene evidence, with eTwist
    The concept behind the technology is simple: police responding to a crime scene are equipped with mobile hand-held devices, PDAs, if you will, that allow them to record and enter evidence data information at the crime scene.
    bizjournals.com - by James Bafaro - October 22, 2013
  • DCSO first in state to get laser system for collecting evidence
    Looking for trace evidence at a crime scene can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack...
    Douglas County Sentinel - by Ron Daniel - October 14, 2013
  • CSI: Davis standardizing how investigators process clues
    ...how that evidence is collected, measured, processed, tested and stored requires hours of training. And now, a national movement is pushing to certify crime scene investigators...
    Standard-Examiner - By Loretta Park - October 12, 2013
  • Life Technologies' GlobalFiler Express Kit approved for use in National DNA Index System
    Life Technologies Corp. announced on October 11 that its Global Filer Express Kit has been approved by the FBI for use by laboratories generating DNA profiles for inclusion in the National DNA Index System (NDIS) CODIS Database.
    gsnmagazine.com - October 11, 2013
  • National Computer Forensics Institute: Demystifying cybercrime
    Knowing how to handle digital evidence and discovery correctly prevents costly mistakes. A federal facility in Birmingham, Alabama is working hard to improve that situation.
    TechRepublic/US - By Michael Kassner - October 7, 2013
  • Bode Technology to Distribute DNA-VIEW Software
    The Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode), a leading provider of forensic solutions announced today their partnership with Dr. Charles Brenner to distribute DNA-VIEW software worldwide
    broadwayworld.com - October 1, 2013
  • The Center for Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis Launches Next Gen Forensic DNA Technology Service at ISHI 2013
    The QuantumSNP Forensic Informatics System was developed to provide point-to-point comparison of SNP array data, providing an automated, robust process for comparing DNA samples including complex mixtures.
    PRWeb - October 1, 2013
  • Device reveals latent fingerprints on thermal paper
    Engineers in Wiltshire have helped to develop and commercialise a device that reveals latent fingerprints from thermal paper in minutes.
    http://www.theengineer.co.uk - By Jason Ford - September 30, 2013
  • Students delve into forensics
    Nearly 400 forensic scientists descended on Northrop on Wednesday morning, investigating the Case of the Missing Fizz.
    Sentinel Online - by Kylie Saari - September 26, 2013
  • Tiny Camera Records Crime Scene Details
    To capture all the details of a crime scene, you might take many photos at close range...
    pddnet.com - By The Optical Society - September 25, 2013
  • CSI: A 'Microbial Clock' May Help Determine Time Of Death
    A new study finds that a 'microbial clock' may help forensic scientists who are attempting to determine the time of death in cases involving human corpses.
    Science 2.0 - September 24, 2013
  • Computer forensics on a small department budget
    These days everyone has access to computers, including criminals. This means that it’s rare for a complex case not to involve some kind of digital media, whether it’s a desktop computer, a laptop, a smartphone, or a flash drive.
    Policeone.com - by Tim Dees - September 17, 2013
  • New crime lab to offer internships, opportunities for collaboration
    Construction for the $11.9 million Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab will begin October on campus at the corner of North College Drive and Leroy Avenue.
    bgnews.com - by Dominic Binkley - September 16, 2013
  • Forensics tool makes sure investigators don't come up empty
    Law enforcement teams collecting digital evidence can sometimes spend hours copying hard drives and other disks only to return to their lab and find that they’ve come up empty.
    GCN.com - By Kevin McCaney - September 13, 2013
  • Pima Co. unveils state of the art, 3D scanner
    If you've ever been in a traffic accident or victimized in a crime, you've probably seen investigators who come out and take measurements and photographs.
    Tucson News Now - By Som Lisaius - September 11, 2013
  • New forensic platform for data recovery promises high portability, strong analytics
    This human palm size device built on the newest NUC hardware platform will continue to allow our law enforcement, military, federal and corporate security customers to deploy SV3 Mobile Forensics with high portability, strong analytics and added security.
    securityinfowatch.com - September 11, 2013
  • NIST Revising Mobile Forensics Guide
    When NIST published Guidelines on Cell Phone Forensics in May 2007, about a dozen tools existed to help forensic experts recover and investigate data on cell phones
    govinfosecurity.com - By Eric Chabrow - September 9, 2013
  • A biochemical eyewitness
    Blood found at a crime scene could give police an indication of a criminal suspect’s ethnicity there and then thanks to a new bioassay.
    Royal Society of Chemistry - by Jason Woolford - September 5, 2013
  • L.A.’s first new coroner in decades faces tough tasks
    It’s a grisly job, but someone’s gotta do it.
    Los Angeles Daily News - By Christina Villacorte - September 4, 2013
  • Forensic pathologist is 'lucky' to have such an interesting job
    “There are five manners of death — natural, homicide when somebody kills you, suicide when you kill yourself, accidental like if you’re walking along and get hit by a car, or undetermined,” Manion said.
    South Jersey Times - By Kelly Roncace - August 29, 2013
  • CSI: Saint Mary's, going behind the scenes of a crime
    For many of us, the only experience we have behind the scenes of a crime is what we see on television.
    CTV News - August 23, 2013
  • LB police, firefighters tap into technology
    From underwater sonar gear to 3D crime scene scanners, Long Beach's firefighters, police officers and city officials are finding new technology to fight crime, improve response times and keep the public safe.
    Orange County Register - by KELLY PUENTE - August 21, 2013
  • How one CSI learned to cope with trauma
    If you want to be a CSI, you have to deal with disturbing scenes — and get your hands very, very dirty
    PoliceOne.com - with Leischen Stelter - August 15, 2013
  • Baltimore County police show off latest crime fighting technology
    A 360-degree crime scene room scanner, a device that can match bullet casings like fingerprints and a high definition impression analyzer may sound like crime-fighting tools found in popular science fiction...
    abc2news.com - August 14, 2013
  • New Forensic Crime Lab In Weld County About To Open Its Doors
    A new forensic crime lab in Weld County is about to open its doors and that’s great news for law enforcement across Northern Colorado.
    CBS Denver - August 10, 2013
  • New forensic technique for analysing lipstick traces
    A study by forensic scientists at the University of Kent has established a new way of identifying which brand of lipstick someone was wearing at a crime scene without removing the evidence from its bag, thereby avoiding possible contamination.
    phys.org - August 8, 2013
  • MorphoTrak announces new software for police database access
    New software supplied by MorphoTrak of the United States will provide law enforcement personnel greater access to suspect identification databases.
    United Press International, Inc. - August 6, 2013
  • Fast Shadow Copy Access with Forensic Explorer
    “Volume Shadow Copies are a potential gold mine for the forensic investigator”
    prweb.com - August 5, 2013
  • Shadows and light: Dartmouth researchers develop new software to detect forged photos
    Dartmouth and UC Berkeley researchers have developed new software to detect faked photos, using a geometric algorithm to locate inconsistent shadows that are not obvious to the naked eye.
    sciencecodex.com - Source: Dartmouth College - August 5, 2013
  • Tests show every cellphone emits a traceable digital fingerprint
    Engineers in Germany say the radio signal from every cellphone is a unique, unalterable digital fingerprint that could allow police to track a handset.
    upi.com - August 1, 2013
  • New Wireless Sensory Technology Assist Crime Fighters
    A year long, public-private partnership among the Palm Bay Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service, FBI CAST (Cellular Analysis Survey Team) and Melbourne, Florida based Gladiator Forensics has yielded a new investigative tool that can help solve crimes using wireless sensory technology.
    Space Coast Daily - July 27, 2013
  • Police introduce forensic coding
    Seeking to enhance law enforcement’s ability to identify and capture criminals and identify the outlets that purchase stolen property...
    South Florida Times - July 17, 2013
  • Technology uncovers invisible evidence
    Police are using modified cameras capable of finding hidden forensic evidence such as bloodstains and gunpowder.
    stuff.co.nz - by NICOLE PRYOR - July 16, 2013
  • GBI says it has reduced crime lab backlog by more than half
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab has reduced its backlog of forensic cases by more than 55 percent over the course of eight months, according to a report released this week.
    The Augusta Chronicle - By Wesley Brown - July 12, 2013
  • 3D Crime-Solving Tool Gets Results In Westerville
    A device normally used to help solve traffic crashes is now being used to solve crimes.
    10tv.com - July 11, 2013
  • New Ontario forensics facility brings crime under a world-class spotlight
    ...a team of dedicated forensic scientists, pathologists, police and other staff who will soon work together there to solve complex crimes and sudden deaths.
    thestar.com - By: Jennifer Pagliaro - July 11, 2013
  • Fingerprint scanners helping join the dots
    They're light, rugged and portable ... and one of the most comprehensive crime fighting tools employed by police.
    Western Advocate - By JACINTA CARROLL - July 11, 2013
  • Research leads to portable DNA device
    More than 10 years of research and development have led to the introduction of a portable DNA analysis device that relies on technology developed by University of Virginia professor James P. Landers and a team of University researchers in collaboration with Lockheed Martin.
    Phys.org - by Lorenzo Perez - July 9, 2013
  • ATC-sponsored camp teaches teens basic DNA testing
    A group of Aiken County students got to explore the real thing at Aiken Technical College recently – learning how to correctly perform such testing in a lab setting.
    Aiken Standard - By Rob Novit - July 5, 2013
  • Computer programs improve fingerprint grading
    Subjectivity is problematic when evaluating fingerprints, and quality is in the eye of the examiner.
    Penn State - by Akhlesh Lakhtakia - July 3, 2013
  • Fluorescent fingerprint tag aims to increase IDs from 'hidden' prints on bullets and knives
    A new way of detecting and visualizing fingerprints from crime scenes using colour-changing fluorescent films could lead to higher confidence identifications...
    eurekalert.org - July 2, 2013
  • OKC police hire civilians to work crime scenes
    It’s a first for the Oklahoma City police department; a new program will allow civilians to investigate crime scenes.
    KFOR - by Jesse Wells - June 25, 2013
  • Catching criminals with forensic artistry goes high tech
    Local sketch artist draws uncanny resemblances
    Issaquah Press Inc. - by Sarah Gerdes - June 25, 2013
  • Research into how dogs track a scent could have life-and-death ramifications.
    While we live, we all have a distinct scent, an olfactory profile we share with no one else. But when we die, we ultimately all smell the same.
    The Sydney Morning Herald - By Wendy Frew - June 20, 2013
  • Pennsylvania ATF leader uses surges, social media in busts
    The network is a system that can analyze the tiny markings on shell casings and match them to casings found at other crime scenes and sometimes to the guns that fired them.
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - By Rich Lord - June 17, 2013
  • Mobile fingerprint scanner paying off for Richmond County police
    A hand-held piece of technology adopted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office last year has dropped the identification of suspects to minutes, according to authorities.
    The Augusta Chronicle - By Bianca Cain Johnson - June 16, 2013
  • JUNIOR CSI ACADEMY
    Growing up, April Smith loved to play the role of police officer – collaring the “bad guy” in living-room and neighborhood standoffs.
    Manteca Bulletin - By James Burns - June 12, 2013
  • DNA decision ripples in local law enforcement
    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the collection of DNA upon charging an individual with a serious crime may give the state Senate the impetus it needs to pass similar legislation, state and local officials said.
    citizensvoice.com - By Joseph Kohut - June 10, 2013
  • ShotSpotter gets Milwaukee cops to crime scenes quickly
    ...she and her partner were riding in a Milwaukee police SUV, a laptop between them. Suddenly, the laptop emitted a jarring burst of sound, an electronic bleat from the ShotSpotter system.
    Journal Sentinel - By Don Walker - June 10, 2013
  • New expert-level cyber forensics certification
    (ISC)2 has developed a new certification, the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), as the first global standard for assessing experienced digital forensics professionals' mastery and professionalism.
    Help Net Security - June 10, 2013
  • Colorado Forensic Lab Under Fire For Alleged Mismanagement, Lab Bias And 'Cover Up'
    Colorado’s legal-defense community is raising questions about “what appears to be a cover-up” of systemic problems at the state lab that tests evidence in criminal cases.
    The Colorado Independent - By Susan Greene - June 10, 2013
  • AACC First College In Nation To Receive National Digital Forensics Designation
    Anne Arundel Community College was recently designated a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).
    Eye on Annapolis - June 9, 2013
  • Falcon makes Digital Forensics fly
    ...Forensic Falcon, that is able to copy hard disk images at up to 20GB/min...
    Image and Data Manager - June 4, 2013
  • St. Tammany coroner's office seeks new executive director
    The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office is seeking a new executive director to run the daily operations of the agency, which is currently under investigation by both federal authorities and the state Legislative Auditor.
    The Times-Picayune - By Kim Chatelain - June 3, 2013
  • Justices Allow DNA Collection After an Arrest
    The police may take DNA samples from people arrested in connection with serious crimes, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-to-4 decision.
    The New York Times - By ADAM LIPTAK - June 3, 2013
  • Becoming a computer forensic examiner
    Since the advent of affordable personal computers, digital devices, and later the Internet, these technologies have been used for both legal and illegal purposes...
    net-security.org - By Zeljka Zorz - May 31, 2013
  • Real-life CSI: Forensic students brought to Miami murder scene
    A group of forensic students on a field trip from Nebraska , who don’t get to see much bloodshed back home to pursue their morbid studies, got a taste of real-life CSI Miami on Wednesday.
    The Miami Herald - BY FERNANDO PEINADO - May 29, 2013
  • Odessa police prepare to deploy new Mobile Crime Lab
    The unit brings the OPD’s crime scene fleet to two, allowing investigators to gather sensitive and sometimes fleeting evidence from multiple crime scenes at once.
    oaoa.com - BY COREY PAUL - May 29, 2013
  • Securing Crime Scene Best Way For Authorities To Find The Truth
    The handling of a crime scene for first responders is a huge challenge.
    WBNSTV - May 28, 2013
  • How police can find your deleted text messages
    Think that a secure password and erasing your phone's memory will protect sensitive information on your smartphone? Think again.
    CNN.COM - By David Goldman - May 22, 2013
  • Daetech develops technology for next-generation police car
    It has created a new mini version of its flagship product MIDAS – Mobile Image and Data Acquisition System. The gadget is used by investigators to gather evidence at a crime scene.
    Manchester Evening News - By Shelina Begum - May 20, 2013
  • After the crime: content-based forensic triage in practice
    The digitisation of all aspects of business and growing volumes of digital storage are causing the global digital forensics industry to expand rapidly.
    scmagazineuk.com - By James Kent - May 20, 2013
  • Loss of RCMP firearm labs will hurt police, critics say
    Critics fear that police could lose timely access to a key technology used to investigate shootings as the RCMP shutters several regional forensic laboratories.
    Updated News - May 15, 2013
  • AccessData Forensic Suite
    There are three products in AccessData's forensic suite that every digital forensic investigator needs...
    SC Magazine - By Peter Stephenson - May 15, 2013
  • Cyber forensics meets data analytics
    When it comes to fraud detection, combining cyber forensics and data analytics proves a good strategy
    ITWeb - By Joanne Carew - May 9, 2013
  • Insects time-stamp bodies for forensics
    ANALYSING insects within a waterlogged corpse might seem an odd way to gather clues but...
    ScienceNetwork WA - May 9, 2013
  • Artist recreates peoples' faces from DNA in hair, gum
    No, she does not appear to be working for the government. But yes, she might just make a portrait of you based on DNA from your hair —or the chewing gum you left at the park.
    GMA News - May 8, 2013
  • Putting Mobile Device Evidence To Work
    Do you think mobile forensics is only about getting the incriminating text messages, images or emails from the device? Think again.
    officer.com - by Christa M. Miller - May 8, 2013
  • Device can extract human DNA with full genetic data in minutes
    Take a swab of saliva from your mouth and within minutes your DNA could be ready for analysis and genome sequencing with the help of a new device.
    phys.org - May 6, 2013
  • Troubled St. Paul crime lab's new leader faces big challenge
    The city of St. Paul has hired a criminalist with nearly two decades of experience to run the struggling police crime lab.
    Minnesota Public Radio - by Madeleine Baran - May 3, 2013
  • Fast digital forensics sniff out accomplices
    Software that rapidly analyses digital devices and builds a list of a suspect's known associates could be a powerful tool for solving crimes
    NewScientict.com - by Paul Marks - May 2, 2013
  • Broward Sheriff’s Office Using New Tool To Solve Crimes
    Inside an unused Oakland Park golf course evidence markers flapped in the breeze and a tape measure roped off a 20 x 20 stretch of land.
    CBS Miami - By Carey Codd - May 1, 2013
  • Bright young minds spend holidays solving crime
    A GROUP of budding young sleuths connected a suspected murder with arsenic, to a robbery at an Armidale bank.
    Fairfax Media - April 26, 2013
  • Call to accredit forensic nurses
    Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) is appealing to the SA Nursing Council (SANC) to recognise forensic nurses and register them.
    Bizcommunity.com - April 26, 2013
  • Palm Bay CSI Unit Embraces Fine Art Of Forensics
    The Technical Services Unit of the Palm Bay Police Department consists of a highly trained team of civilian and law enforcement forensic professionals that is skilled in the field of...
    Space Coast Daily - By John M. Egan - April 25, 2013
  • ‘Virtopsy’: the virtual autopsy
    Non-invasive imaging process reveals details standard practice would have missed and allows for future reviewing of cases
    Gulf News - By Mark Honigsbaum - April 25, 2013
  • Novato police schedule four-day youth camp
    The Novato Police Department will host a four-day youth camp for kids in sixth through ninth grades, an opportunity for Novato youth to learn more about the jobs of both civilian and sworn personnel of the Novato Police Department.
    Marin Independent Journal - April 23, 2013
  • DNA Bill heads to Parliament
    The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill - also known as the DNA Bill - is on its way to Parliament after being delayed for five years.
    Independent Online - By Alison Decker - April 22, 2013
  • Engineer Working to Put More Science Behind Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
    Daniel Attinger paused before handing over a photo of a crime scene. “Are you bothered by the sight of blood?”...
    newswise.com - April 18, 2013
  • Tyneside jewellery heist could lead to DNA sharing
    A jewellery heist on Tyneside has sparked a review of DNA sharing across Europe that could force police to hand over criminal records to foreign counterparts.
    ChronicalLive - By Dan Warburton - April 2013
  • Video, pictures help re-create a crime scene
    With cameras everywhere, police turn to citizens for images that may hold the clues that lead to a killer.
    The Washington Post - By PETER FINN, GREG MILLER and DAVID A. FAHRENTHOLD - April 18, 2013
  • Kids get hands-on education in forensics at Arlington Library
    The Arlington Library offered children and teens the opportunity to spend their spring break learning the sorts of skills they normally only see on primetime TV crime dramas...
    Arlington Times - By KIRK BOXLEITNER - April 17, 2013
  • Police hail new hi-tech mobile fingerprint scanners
    Instruments linked to national database and instantly alert officers if the scanned prints belong to criminal
    BirminghamMail - By Nick McCarthy - April 14, 2013
  • Colorado wants DNA from people who commit misdemeanors
    Colorado lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a bill that would require that people who’ve committed small-time crimes submit their DNA...
    Daily Caller News Foundation - By Greg Campbell - April 12, 2013
  • Dundee forensic scientists in fingerprint first
    FORENSIC scientists at Dundee’s Abertay University have successfully recovered latent fingerprints from food for the first time...
    scotsman.com - By FRANK URQUHART - April 12, 2013
  • Unsolved murders could be solved thanks to new technology
    SIX hundred cold cases of murder, rape and robbery in Derbyshire could be cracked thanks to advances in fingerprint technology.
    Derby Telegraph - By ALY WALSH - April 11, 2013
  • APCO installs DNA technology to trap robbers
    APCO has turned to a hi-tech DNA security system to protect its Bendigo service stations from armed robbers.
    Bendigo Advertiser - By BLAIR THOMSON - April 11, 2013
  • A new chapter in helping victims of sexual violence
    Becca Eilert and Daphne Hauser were the guest speakers at the April 2 monthly meeting of the Domestic Violence Prevention Organization (DVPO) held in the Dare County Administration Building...
    Outer Banks Sentinel - BY NEEL KELLER - April 11, 2013
  • Guard MPs train to conduct investigations
    The elite investigators of military felonies comprise the Criminal Investigations Division of the Army’s Military Police branch.
    dvidshub.net - Story by Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Griego - April 10, 2013
  • The "CSI Effect": TV Crime Dramas' Impact on Real Life Cases
    These kinds of series exaggerate police investigations, and in turn, distort the public's perception of the criminal justice system.
    WSAW.COM - By: Madeline Anderson - April 10, 2013
  • E-Discovery Europe...Announces the Start of Preparations for Its 2013 Event
    ...which is planned to be the largest congress on electronic evidence, forensic investigations, and legal technology to be held in Central and Eastern Europe this year.
    PRWEB - April 8, 2013
  • Massachusetts crime lab scandal explodes
    More than 300 convicted inmates have been released from Massachusetts state prisons in the US as a result of the...
    Royal Society of Chemistry - By Rebecca Trager - April 4, 2013
  • Director wanted for police forensic lab
    Vacancies have been advertised to fill the post of director and 13 other positions in the Guyana Police Force’s Forensic Science Laboratory.
    Stabroek News - March 29, 2013
  • OPP forensic identification lab using state-of-the-art technology
    The new facility on Park Avenue beside the OPP headquarters is a multi-million dollar building equipped with state-of-the-art technology to examine evidence and solve crimes.
    Chatham Daily News - By Vicki Gough - March 27, 2013
  • Law enforcement, NIST making fingerprint files easier to search
    Law enforcement agencies could soon have a quicker way to compare and match fingerprints, now that a working group of local, state and federal agencies has developed a standard set of features for fingerprint identification, and...
    1105 Media, Inc. - By William Jackson - March 25, 2013
  • Mathematics in Forensic Science
    Today, mathematics lies behind expert conclusions on a hundred forensic matters from fingerprints to DNA.
    TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. - By: Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez - March 25, 2013
  • Regional crime lab get permanent director
    ...an experienced scientist with advanced laboratory management experience is needed to not only oversee the operations of the regional forensic laboratory, but to further assist in the ongoing set-up and development of all the forensic disciplines and through the laboratory accreditation process.
    ABCnewspapers.com - By Peter Bodley - March 25, 2013
  • New DNA testing could take hours, not weeks
    Law enforcement officers can now run 90-minute DNA tests that once required weeks or months to complete, thanks to a new testing tool that could immediately point to suspects or help those who had nothing to do with a crime.
    Deseretnews.com - By Ben Lockhart - March 25, 2013
  • CSI Lansing: Photo gallery inside Michigan State Police forensics lab
    Inside the Michigan State Police forensics lab, scientists are analyzing materials for DNA samples and toxicology levels. And they have a lot to do: there is a backlog of more than 12,000 items of evidence in the state to process.
    Michigan Live LLC - by Fritz Klug - March 14, 2013

  • 100 Jobs Could Go At Culham Forensic lab
    A forensic lab in Oxfordshire has told Heart they're looking at losing up a 100 jobs because of cuts to police budgets.
    heart.co.uk - March 11, 2013

  • Laurentian to receive its own forensic DNA lab
    The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) has provided $245,500 to support the development of the lab.
    NorthernLife.ca - By: Heidi Ulrichsen - March 11, 2013

  • Supreme Court case highlights differences in state DNA collection laws
    What’s left behind at a crime scene can sometimes double as a genetic calling card that not only opens up a person’s criminal history but can lead to future convictions.
    lehighvalleylive.com - By Kathryn Brenzel - March 10, 2013

  • State-of-the-art forensic labs on the cards
    PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government is planning to establish state-of-the-art forensic labs in six regions across the province that will provide affective investigation and prosecution facilities to the police.
    The Express Tribune - By Noorwali Shah - March 10, 2013

  • York Co. forensic lab, real life crime scene investigations
    “The tools that they have here are not generally available to, and in many cases, not even known by the department that makes the request,”
    Tribune Broadcasting Company - by Melissa Nardo - March 8, 2013

  • Illinois State Police unveil high tech crime scene services command van
    Tinley Park – Illinois State Police (ISP) Crime Scene Services Command (CSSC) officials yesterday unveiled the agency’s latest crime fighting tool to assist crime scene investigators (CSI) with every aspect of evidence collection at the scene of a major crime incident.
    Newsbug - March 1, 2013

  • D.C.’s new forensics lab not living up to expectations
    Five months after the District opened a $220 million, state-of-the-art forensics laboratory hailed as an experimental transition to independent forensics testing, the crime-scene investigation unit has unraveled as a result of dysfunction and bureaucratic gridlock, according to the Fraternal Order of Police and veteran officers who process crime scenes.
    - By Jeffrey Anderson - February 26, 2013

  • When Sexual Assault Is Reported, Long Beach's Forensic Nurses Keep Things SANE
    Bruised and broken, with trembling hands and a tear-stained face, calling 911 after a rape can be a difficult decision to make. But in Long Beach, there are compassionate and highly trained nurses here to help victims...
    Long Beach Post - By Annie Merkley - February 25, 2013

  • New Commission To Set Standards For Troubled Forensic Sciences
    After years of reports of troubled crime labs, the U.S. Department of Justice is putting together a commission that will set standards, a professional code and education requirements for forensic scientists.
    Popular Science - By Francie Diep - February 21, 2013

  • Forensic noise analysis helps to identify tampered photos
    All digital cameras leave some trace of noise or imperfections on a photo when it is created. For most photographers, this noise is not a desirable feature. However, a new method of forensic analysis, developed by a team at the University of Albany, turns noise into something quite amazing.
    CNET - By Lexy Savvides - February 21, 2013

  • Touch DNA solving crime
    SPRINGFIELD- The use of new technology, termed by some as "magical," is helping police and prosecutors solve a growing number of criminal cases. It stems from evidence left behind by criminals when they touch something at crime scenes.
    Dayton Daily News - By Jim Otte - February 14, 2013

  • CSI: Tennessee—Enter the World of Nuclear Forensics
    Scientists are busy tracking the sources of stolen uranium in the hopes of deterring crime—and prevent the weapons getting into the wrong hands.
    Smithsonian Media - by Joseph Stromberg - January, 2013

  • Houston ahead of curve in forensic science
    A look at the rest of the country on the intersection of law enforcement and science shows that while most police and prosecution agencies generally resist science as it applies to what they do, Houston has taken some rare steps forward.
    Houston Chronical - by David A. Harris - January 18, 2013

  • Digital pens speed CSI for Northern Ireland's police service
    More than 4,000 police officers and detectives in Northern Ireland are now using Anoto digital pens to take witness statements and record information at crime scene investigations, which saves lots of time getting the data online.
    CBS Interactive - by Jack Schofield - January 15, 2013

  • St. Paul cops seek scientist to oversee troubled lab
    The requirements could indicate a move toward lab accreditation.
    Star Tribune - by CHAO XIONG - January 14, 2013

  • Forensic tool reconstructs eye colour
    London: Scientists have developed a new method which they believe can determine hair and eye colour of human ancestors using ancient remains.
    Zee News - January 14, 2013

  • President Obama signs Schiff legislation on DNA databases
    President Obama on Thursday signed into law legislation sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that would help fund a DNA database of people arrested on suspicion of committing violent felonies.
    Glendale News-Press - by Daniel Siegal and Mark Kellam - January 10, 2013

  • Maltese scientist makes forensic breakthrough
    The fight against crime has taken another step forward thanks to a Maltese forensic scientist in Scotland.
    timesofmalta.com - by Patrick Cooke, Stephanie Fsadni - January 10, 2013

  • First Cost-Benefit Analysis of DNA Profiling Vindicates 'CSI' Fans
    The first rigorous analysis of the crime-fighting power of DNA profiling finds substantial evidence of its effectiveness.
    Science Daily - - January 10, 2013

  • Piecing Together Digital Evidence-The Computer Analysis Response Team
    In a case involving the round-up of dozens of suspects indicted on public corruption and other charges, investigators were faced with processing large numbers of seized cell phones, desktop computers, and laptops belonging to the suspects
    Federal Bureau of Investigation - January 8, 2013