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.
Fingerprint Evidence | Is it Suitable for Trial Court?
For anyone involved, investigators or attorneys, a basic understanding of the fingerprint collection process, how they are located and lifted, can help everyone recognize inaccurate or faulty science in the results. If there is a need to cross-examine a crime scene specialist or as a witness to answer questions, an understanding of the techniques of locating, lifting, and identifying fingerprints is essential.
Investigations | Commercial Burglaries
Burglaries of commercial property become some of the most creative ventures in criminality that officers receive exposure to. From violent smash and grabs to sophisticated “drywall jobs,” commercial burglary attempts have the stigma of bringing out some of the boldest behavior displayed by criminals. Let’s discuss some of the evidence challenges that present themselves in commercial burglaries.
Pro-Active Patrol | Construction Sites Burglaries
One of the most vulnerable locations for burglaries are construction sites but companies routinely leave equipment, tools, and even keys for specialty vehicles in plain sight, or at least in accessible areas. And many companies don’t pay for overnight security, leaving construction sites open for burglars and thieves.
Storing Digital Evidence Efficiently
The technology surrounding digital storage devices has improved at an incredibly rapid pace. Today, the notion that this technology was ever cutting edge seems quaint. The advantage for law enforcement organizations is that this new technology can be extremely useful in storing the various types of digital evidence. From electronic documents and still pictures to video and audio recordings, electronic evidence can be managed and store relatively cheaply and easily.
Evidence Room | Evidence Personnel Training
There are some basics that need to be covered in training for evidence personnel, and there are also some lower priorities that need to be addressed when considering an all-encompassing training plan. You can’t address every single situation, but you can get everyone on the same page for nearly 99 percent of the tasks and challenges they will face.
Evidence Collection | First Responder Duties
Processing evolving scenes, or scenes we did not expect do not have to be a crucible. We can get out of them as efficiently as we got into them, and leave on better footing all at the same time. Getting your officers in the right mind frame for encountering such scenes is a cornerstone of any agency, and any administration that sacrifices this component to their operation is dooming their agency, and officer’s reputation.