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Streamlining the Chain of Evidence

Streamlining the Chain of Evidence

CMPD crime scene techs say their work can be very physically demanding and officers often don't realize what is involved. "I don't know how many times I have shown up on a scene and the officers have said to me, 'It's just going to be pictures,'" says Crime Scene Supervisor Roy Patterson. "But it doesn't work like that."

July 14, 2015

Will On-Body Kill In-Car Video?

Will On-Body Kill In-Car Video?

Law enforcement agencies have been using in-car video cameras for a little more than two decades. The devices have defended officers against nuisance claims of abusive or even brutal behavior. But now some agencies are beginning to ask if in-car video systems have been made obsolete by officer-worn systems.

October 16, 2013

Drawing First Blood

Drawing First Blood

Reporters rarely get all the facts right because the facts are hazy by the time their first stories are posted on the Web, broadcast, or inked onto paper. That haziness doesn't clear until the official investigation is complete. By then the reporters have created a "truth" that persists in the public consciousness.

October 9, 2013

E-Citation: A Force Multiplier

E-Citation: A Force Multiplier

Few advancements in law enforcement technology have had more impact nationwide than electronic citation. The technology has been on line a little more than a decade, and e-citation systems are now in use by federal, state, county, and municipal agencies. And they all sing its praises.

September 27, 2013

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

"Kill me if you can, suckers." That was the taunting sign-off of a letter written to the Gastonia (N.C.) Gazette newspaper last month by convicted killer Danny Hembree Jr.

February 7, 2012

Brace for Impact

Some homeowners upside down in their mortgages have just walked away, leaving their properties to the bank. An abandoned home is bad news. It draws criminals like dead critters draw vultures.

November 1, 2008

Childhood's End

Records show that on Sept. 23, 1997, North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Ed Lowry pulled a car with South Carolina plates on I-95 near Fayetteville. The reason for the stop was reported as a seat belt violation, but the real reason was probably just that feeling that some veteran cops get that something just ain’t right.

April 1, 2005

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