How Forensic Specialists Solve Crime Through Metadata
Today we think of crime-solving as detectives follow a paper trail to solve a mystery, gain information, or solve a crime. But much of today’s data is digitized in some form. It requires highly trained forensic metadata specialists to look over the trail left behind as a digital fingerprint.
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.
Bite Marks | Objective Opinion and Junk Science
There is a great deal of difference between a DNA match and a bite mark match. One test is done scientifically, is measured, and the results are factual. The other is done by human comparisons, visual referrals, ideas, and personal objectivity. Knowing how the science is collected, tested, and compared can make a great deal of difference in the measurability of the ‘truth’ behind the results.
Hair Analysis | Science or Objective Opinion
As a crime scene investigator, it is essential to gather as much evidence as possible to solve the crime. This would include any available hair that can be analyzed. While hair analysis results cannot and should not distinctively point out your suspect. It can be the icing on the cake.
Law Enforcement Digital Evidence | Open Source & Access Policy
You need to have unrestricted access to the data you are custodian over, and you need it in open source digital evidence file formats so that it’s easy to share with all partners, easy to manage, enhance, or otherwise produce for the various stages of the criminal justice process. Don’t let vendors tell you otherwise. You have to answer to taxpayers, not vendors.
Video Redaction is the Biggest Challenge for Body Camera Systems
Body worn cameras are by far the most realistic option for fostering trust, confidence, and accountability among police officers and the communities they serve. Video redaction software should be an essential piece of implementing that system.