Body cameras have become so important in contemporary law enforcement in a very short time that of the readers who responded that they are using them, 81% said they were required to use them by their agency. That puts these devices in the same category as uniforms and radios and duty guns.
September 4, 2018
By establishing new policies for processing rape kit evidence and by adopting victim-centered investigation strategies, departments can close more sexual assault cases.
January 3, 2018
Here's a look at the products that caught our eye at this year's International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) show held at Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Convention Center.
December 4, 2017
Axon's new Citizen feature for Evidence.com lets witnesses of crimes and accidents easily provide video and images from crime and accident scenes to law enforcement.
November 2, 2017
Law enforcement agencies are finding a blended approach of utilizing civilians as CSIs provides the best of both worlds.
September 5, 2017
My friend used investigating burglaries as his template for training new detectives. Since his clearance rate was always above the national average, his training model likely has merit. With that in mind, here are some points to remember.
February 9, 2017
It's hard to get a conviction without evidence, so preserve as much of the crime scene as possible.
September 1, 2016
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
Warrantless entries are limited to those authorized by consent, probation or parole search conditions, or "exigent circumstances" involving some sort of emergency requiring immediate action. One category of exigency that may justify warrantless entry is the need to prevent the imminent destruction of evidence.
July 7, 2011
In addition to his patrol duties, Officer Mark Michaud heads up his agency's dive team, which finds and retrieves stolen vehicles and other evidence. He also trains and assists other agencies in water survival and rescues.
June 20, 2011
The advent of DNA analysis has revolutionized criminal investigations, and new techniques continue to improve the ways in which it can be used.
February 3, 2011
What the exclusionary rule has actually meant in practice is that thousands (maybe millions) of criminals have been able to stop the prosecution from using critical evidence of their guilt to hold them accountable for their crimes.
March 1, 2009
"I love Facebook!" came the shout from the cubicle next to mine. One of my fellow detectives here at the Boulder (Colo.) Police Department—through a simple Internet search—had just discovered the identity of a sex assault suspect.
February 1, 2009
The general rule-of-thumb is to try to get a warrant whenever possible. On the other hand, if you can seize evidence without engaging in a search, you don't need either a warrant or any exception.
March 1, 2008
There are four ways to make a lawful entry into a private home. Notice that "entry incident to outdoors arrest" is not on the list of lawful ways to get inside a residence. In three separate cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has held such entries to be unconstitutional.
February 1, 2008