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Closing Cases with High-Tech Forensics

Closing Cases with High-Tech Forensics

Tools for digital intelligence analysis, ballistics matching, and crime scene scanning are becoming easier to use and are yielding faster results.

August 3, 2020

Closing Cases with New Investigative Technologies
How To Close Assault Cases with Thermal Images
CSI: Helping Authors Keep It Real

CSI: Helping Authors Keep It Real

The mission of the Writers' Police Academy is to teach authors about how actual law enforcement officers and crime scene specialists investigate crimes.

September 13, 2019

New Challenges in Cyber Forensics

New Challenges in Cyber Forensics

Today's digital investigator must learn how to extract evidence from drones, encrypted portable devices, cryptocurrency trades, and a growing range of appliances and products defined as the Internet of Things (IoT).

July 13, 2018

Civilian CSIs

Civilian CSIs

Law enforcement agencies are finding a blended approach of utilizing civilians as CSIs provides the best of both worlds.

September 5, 2017

Capturing a Moment in Time

Capturing a Moment in Time

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.

November 7, 2016

How to Preserve a Crime Scene

How to Preserve a Crime Scene

It's hard to get a conviction without evidence, so preserve as much of the crime scene as possible.

September 1, 2016

Animal Activity and the Crime Scene

Animal Activity and the Crime Scene

Recovering evidence and understanding its significance in detailing the interaction between the victim and assailant can be very challenging and can be made even more so when animals interact with the evidence.

May 4, 2016

High-Tech Crash Reconstruction

High-Tech Crash Reconstruction

Increased accuracy in measurements and calculations helps ensure that officers have better information for court, which can put away reckless drivers and make roads safer for everyone. Here are some examples of how law enforcement officers are using digital tools to investigate traffic accidents.

July 15, 2015

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

What CSIs Want You to Know

What CSIs Want You to Know

As for responding officers, the question for us becomes twofold. First, do we appreciate the importance of CSI's role and, second (oftentimes more important), do we appreciate the importance of our own role in crime scene handling and processing?

February 6, 2013

Follow the Glowing Bread Crumbs

Follow the Glowing Bread Crumbs

Wouldn't it be great if you could prove a suspect had been at the scene of a crime by following a pathway of telltale glowing light found on his clothing or vehicle after the fact? That's what Cyalume's idIRt can do.

August 19, 2011

Chemical Suicides

Chemical Suicides

When called to suicide scenes, emergency personnel don't always know what they're up against. With some 90 percent of chemical suicides posting warnings on the windows of the cars and rooms in which they kill themselves, one would hope that officers and firefighters would think twice before opening doors and breaching windows.

April 18, 2011

Firearms Forensics

Firearms Forensics

I realized that even without the murder weapon, the prosecution still had an immense amount of significant ballistic physical evidence linking Abeyta to the murder. And thanks to good forensic work and the invaluable NIBIN database that tracks images of ballistics evidence, it was enough to convict him.

February 11, 2010

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