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How To‚ĶUnderstand Your Role as an Initial Investigator  

November 8, 2016

By Amaury Murgado

Conducting an investigation involves knowing your first responder responsibilities and knowing what the follow-up investigator (detective) will be looking for.

Genetic Witness  

November 8, 2016

By Melanie Basich

What if you have unidentified remains and no clue as to who the person is? Or blood from a suspect, but no idea of who to look for? Snapshot DNA Phenotyping can analyze an unidentified person's DNA to create a picture of what he or she looks like.

<p>Screen shot from Vigilant Solutions FaceSearch showing an image-editing tool that can be used to improve the odds of a match.</p>

Facial Recognition Comes of Age  

November 7, 2016

Applications for facial recognition are still being determined, but some of the most common include criminal investigations, identification of people with false IDs, and access control.

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Capturing a Moment in Time  

November 7, 2016

By Melanie Basich

Unlike manual techniques, a 3D laser scanner captures millions of data points to create a point cloud map. Multiple 360-degree scans can be combined to create a complete 3D view of a scene that can be revisited later in great detail.

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Why So Many Police are Being Murdered  

November 7, 2016

By Ron Martinelli

The murders of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Steve Owen and Palm Springs Police Officers Jose "Gil" Vega and Leslie Zerebny by two crazed and armed career criminals underscore what all cops and their families already know—there is indeed a war on police. It is, in fact, the age-old battle of good versus evil.

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Police Product Test: Meprolight FT Bullseye Sight  

November 7, 2016

By A.J. George

Meprolight's Their newest invention is the FT Bullseye fiber-optic pistol sight and it is a clear departure from the iron sights of old.

<p>Tru-Spec 24-7 Series Pinnacle Shirt (Photo: Tru-Spec)</p>

Police Product Test: Tru-Spec 24-7 Series Delta Pants and Pinnacle Shirt  

November 7, 2016

By A.J. George

Tru-Spec make some of the most durable and stylish clothing and uniforms for law enforcement, the military, and even casual wear. The company's latest Delta pants and Pinnacle shirt from its 24-7 Series line combine some of the best of both worlds.

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Sleep: A Legal PED for Law Enforcement  

November 7, 2016

By George Ryan

How much sleep are you getting? When you are in law enforcement, the answer is most likely "not enough." But the best performance-enhancing drug is getting enough sleep per night as consistently as possible.

Busting the Pot Fairy Tale  

November 7, 2016

By Jon Adler

Once upon a time, the states of Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana. Then they made billions of tax dollars and we all munched on chips and lived happily ever after. Yeah, right.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Traits of the Trade  

November 4, 2016

By Dave Smith

The very curiosity that led to a burglary arrest the night before can drive your 12-year-old nuts.

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