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  • What you need to know when searching for a grave (Part 1):

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Finding something meant to be a secret in an expansive and difficult terrain can seem like an impossible task. You might even have some information from a suspect but details are often hazy. Their actions were usually done at night and remote locations don’t have many landmarks. But with the right training and knowledge, thrown in with some tips, it might not seem so daunting. We talked with Bryan Brendley, a Professor in the Biology Department and Forensic Institute at Guilford College about...
  • National Missing Children’s Day: Child ID Kits and Safety

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    To be a parent, as the author Elizabeth Stone wrote, “It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” As your children play in playgrounds, attend sleepovers, and go off to college, you’re acutely aware of this. To say it is a parent’s worst nightmare to have your child taken away from you is an understatement. It is form of torture without an end. As parents and family members, we take steps to ensure the safety of our children. Sometimes those steps are about...
  • Delivering Bite-Sized Knowledge: Sirchie’s Lunch-n-Learns

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    As your trusted #policepartner, our mission is to give you the knowledge and tools to Command Every Scene you encounter. We understand how busy the day gets. It seems like there’s not enough hours in the day and it’s difficult to find the time to learn a new technique or hear about how to properly use a tool. To help make life easier for you, we’re delivering knowledge in easy to consume, bite-sized portions. Introducing our new “Lunch-n-Learn” series: 5-10 minutes of tips and...
  • Reinforcing Knowledge with Sirchie Webinars: One Police Department’s Story about “How to photograph blood with Bluestar or Luminol”

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Sirchie online training webinars can be an effective tool to reinforce your knowledge base and improve your skills.  Here’s one recent story. Tips about Investigating and Documenting Blood Evidence When you find blood evidence at a crime scene using the three-step method, you need to properly document and photograph it. Photographing evidence, especially blood evidence, is an important skill-set for crime scene investigators and law enforcement. Photographs can tell the story better with...
  • We should never be silent

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “abuse” is defined as the “cruel and violent treatment of a person or animal.” It’s a short definition and a short word that doesn’t truly convey the amount of horror it encompasses. This “cruel and violent treatment” can include domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, elderly abuse, animal abuse, financial abuse, human trafficking, and more. Any kind of abuse exists when someone wields cruel power over someone, who is often...
  • Searching for Blood: The 3-Step Method

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Blood is often one the most important pieces of evidence an investigator or lab technician can find. Whether at the crime scene or in the crime lab, there’s a three-step method that will help you work efficiently and thoroughly when searching for blood. This 3-step method involves: Search, Identify, and Enhance. Below, each method and the tools that will help you along the way are reviewed.  You will also find important tips to remember when you’re at the scene. Search: TIP: When...
  • Three Sirchie Solutions You Need in Your Classroom Today

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    New uses for technology find their way into the public safety industry all the time. To prepare your students for the professional world, programs that highlight and give students hands-on experience with technology used in the field set themselves apart. We offer three solutions to help you enhance your criminal justice, forensics, and other related programs: Affordable Live Scan Systems to demonstrate current identification and biometric practices Thermal Imaging Cameras to help see the...
  • We Are All the First Line of Defense: Recognizing Human Trafficking

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Human trafficking is everywhere, in many forms, every day.  This dangerous criminal activity is often in plain sight, yet lurks in the shadows and on the fringes and goes undetected if you don’t know the signs.  We’re committed to helping raise awareness of the signs of human trafficking.  Knowledge is power and we are all on the first line of defense to help victims of human trafficking. Common myths surround human trafficking: Sex trafficking is the only form of human...
  • Fire Investigation: 5 Helpful Tips for Documenting Arson Scenes

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Unfortunately, 2016 saw several wildfires that are now suspected arson cases, such as the recent fires in Tennessee and Northern California. Fire scenes are often some of the toughest scenes to investigate and analyze. Potential evidence has been disturbed or destroyed; the area might not be safe; and they’re naturally dark, making it difficult to spot items of interest. However, fire scenes should be treated as crime scenes and extensively documented. Arson cases typically go to trial about...
  • Your Winter Wishlist

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Winter brings on longer periods of darkness, colder temperatures and challenging weather conditions.  These conditions can change the environment that law enforcement operates in. Cold temperatures means less people (and witnesses) outside and around.  There’s often less opportunity for random crime but criminal activities tend to shift towards more premediated crimes, such as robberies and property crimes. What does this mean for you? Challenging conditions mean it’s essential that you...
  • 5 Useful Applications for Thermal Imaging Cameras

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Our new Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) allow you to measure temperature differentials from as close as 6 inches to as far as 500-1,800 feet away depending on the model.  That’s six times as long as an American football field.  Being able to see the difference in temperature can give you significant advantages in more ways than you may think. Here are 5 scenarios where our customers have found Thermal Imaging Cameras to be very helpful to meeting their mission: Search & Rescue....
  • “A Year of Thankful” to our #policepartners and our #publicsafetypartners

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    As we start the holiday season in the U.S. with Thanksgiving, we are taking some time to reflect on what this means to us.  “Giving Thanks” is something that we strive to do on a daily basis to our customers, our #policepartners and #publicsafetypartners, for the difficult work you willingly do every day to keep us and our communities safe.  We are truly grateful to each and every one of you for your business and more importantly for your partnership and trust in Sirchie to help you with...
  • In lilac for Forensic Nurses Week

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    The forensic nurse is often called upon to handle the most horrific cases of abuse. They’re on the front line of helping victims and establishing justice. They must balance the need to provide much-needed medical attention while collecting evidence from a potential living crime scene. A crime scene that is in the form of a vulnerable, scared, and sometimes uncooperative victim. That evidence is often used to bring charges against and prosecute perpetrators. We honor and thank all forensic...
  • Help Victims of Assault – How to View Aged/Faded Bruises and Contusions

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Domestic violence can take many forms including child abuse and neglect, elder abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and others. As a partner of all public health and safety professionals, we’re committed to providing information to help seek justice for all victims of violence. Proper documentation of bruises and contusions can be an essential part of domestic violence investigations. Any type of assault can leave bruises and contusions, the most common injuries observed in...
  • Five Things You Have to See in Booth 1711 at IACP

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    At Sirchie, we’re always working to develop and deliver the tools and training you need to command your scene more efficiently. Our mission: How can we make your life on the job easier? Simply put, we listen to you and anticipate what you’ll need. With an eye to the future, especially with technology changes, we’re introducing the following products at #IACP2016. Stop by our booth – Booth #1711 – to learn more, especially on Monday afternoon. We’ll have some beer and raffles for...