Chain of Custody
Forensics | The Rules, The Scene, and The Collection Process
There is some urgency in learning and understanding the scientific methods involved in evidence collection and forensic testing. Not only is forensics now facing public scrutiny, but labs are dealing with scandal as many wrongful convictions have been discovered based on junk science.
Officer Involved Shootings
In our current social-political climate, decisions made every day by law enforcement officers are frequently questioned or criticized… Every action officers take while performing their duty becomes public record and may be subject to civil litigation for years to come. Without question, hiring and retaining quality individuals are of paramount importance.
Digital evidence on VHS tapes
In this day and age, you’d probably be as surprised as we were to learn that many law enforcement agencies around the country are still using VHS tapes to store digital evidence. Most police departments have already stopped using VHS tapes, but still maintain a lot of old digital evidence, some of which is crucial, […]
Firearms in the evidence room
Firearms can be one of the most difficult types of evidence you’ll ever have to handle as an evidence technician. Not only are there obvious safety concerns, but they can also be ridiculously difficult to dispose of when the time comes. Because each state, and indeed, each agency, has its own laws, policies, and procedures […]
How to collect digital evidence in inclement weather?
Inclement weather can create interesting challenges for crime scene photography. Whether we’re collecting physical evidence or digital evidence, we do not get to pick our crime scenes but rather our crime scenes pick us based on when they occur and the hours during which we are working. Foul weather also affects our documentation stage of […]
Evidence and the human element!
During the last several decades, the computer industry has grown rapidly and now comprises 10 percent of the GDP of the United States. During this short time span, information technology has become larger than the auto, steel, petrochemical, mining, and natural gas industries combined. Some of these amazing technological developments have advanced the field of […]