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Using a Photo's Meta Data To Find a Location

Using a Photo's Meta Data To Find a Location

Within most digital pictures, cameras store meta data called EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) within the header of the file. This data can give you major clues about the origin of the photo.

May 10, 2013

FBI's Evidence Response Teams

FBI's Evidence Response Teams

The FBI special agents who spearhead regional Evidence Response Team (ERT) units work closely with mostly non-sworn evidence collection professionals to process some of the nation's most challenging crime scenes, including the Boston Marathon bombing.

May 8, 2013

Handling Cell Phones and Their Digital Evidence

Handling Cell Phones and Their Digital Evidence

Cell phones can provide investigators with a call history, text messages. and contact lists. They can also provide us with other valuable data that's sometimes overlooked.

April 18, 2013

Are You Dealing With A Super Genius?

Are You Dealing With A Super Genius?

An ABA Journal story recalled the rewards that can come from perusing others' scribblings. About the only thing these mental mavericks lack is a prognostication on how long a sentence they'll get for the sentences they write.

August 24, 2012

Synthetic Drugs: In-Custody Deaths May Spike

Synthetic Drugs: In-Custody Deaths May Spike

A face-chewing attack in Miami and several other bizarre assaults have opened law enforcement's eyes to a new wave of designer synthetic drugs that turn its users into monsters.

July 27, 2012

Detecting the Origin of Gunshots

Detecting the Origin of Gunshots

Gunshot detection is possible with the system that involves the installation of small auditory sensors—16 per square mile—in areas where gunfire is more common.

July 29, 2010

A Short Cut to Termination?

Maybe one day the tide will change. Just this week, the Supreme Court made a long overdue clarification on the Miranda matter that is favorable to cops. And who knows? Perhaps one day they'll clean up the exclusionary rule, too.

June 3, 2010

San Jose Officers Begin Using Head-Mounted Cameras

San Jose Officers Begin Using Head-Mounted Cameras

The San Jose Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in the country to deploy head-mounted video cameras on officers during a pilot program started late last year. The department implemented the new TASER AXON and Evidence.com system.

January 14, 2010

Delaying, Delayed, and Good Ol’ Hamstrung Justice

Delaying, Delayed, and Good Ol’ Hamstrung Justice

As I like to bitch and gripe at the lack of novel approaches in the justice system, I should at least look at some when they do pop up. A couple of novel ideas were brought to my attention during the last couple of weeks, so I figured I'd share them herein.

October 6, 2009

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