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  • How to photograph difficult scenes

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    The likelihood of an ideal arson or crime scene to photograph are pretty slim. You’re often up against difficult conditions, while at the same time, it’s important to get clean and detailed, photos. It sounds impossible but we’re here to help. Below, we’ve covered five difficult scenes to photograph and the best practices to get that crisp image. On a side note, you first need to understand how each setting: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and depth of field (DOF), in your camera works....
  • National Police Week 2016

    By: Andy Mariella
    Thoughts and prayers are with all law enforcement during National Police Week as we honor all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all law enforcement and your families for the exceptional job that you do every day making the Thin Blue Line and keeping us from harm. Our resolve is strong to recognize and support all of the exceptional work that is done to keep our communities safe. Follow Sirchie on social media through the hashtags #SirchieSupports and #policepartners...
  • Command Your Scene: 3 New Fire & Arson Investigation Kits

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    There’s no two arson scenes that will look exactly the same; the burn patterns, starting points, motives, etc. will always be different. The best way to help eliminate uncertainty in a fire and arson investigation is to employ the right tools to conduct your investigation. We’re all about making things a little easier for the people with the toughest jobs. We partnered with fire and arson investigators to compile the best tools for your investigations, the things you may have thought about...
  • New Branding

    By: Andy Mariella
    Building on our tradition and Starting a new commitment Since 1927, Sirchie has been a trusted partner to law enforcement with origins in manufacturing of high quality products to help document evidence and investigate crime.  Through the decades, our company grew and branched out into production of Vehicles, delivery of Education and Training, manufacturing of Premier Crown Riot Duty Helmets and Shields, and more to serve a diverse customer base around the world. At Sirchie, we pride...
  • Customized Sexual Assault Evidence Kits: 4 Things to Know

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) provides some sobering statistics about sexual assault compiled and calculated from the US Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS): Every 107 seconds, another sexual assault occurs in America 68% of sexual assaults are not reported to police 98% of sexual assault offenders will not serve prison or jail time. A crucial step in sexual assault cases is ensuring that evidence is collected in a timely and humane...
  • Five photography terms every arson & crime scene photographer should know. BONUS: the Painting with Light technique

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Investigators and witnesses can describe scenes, sometimes in great detail. However, photographs can tell the story better with objectivity. They freeze time and leave a permanent record of the scene. Despite its advantages, photography remains the least understood and developed skillset for arson and crime scene investigators. Below we’ve covered four photography camera settings you should know about and highlighted why they’re important. All of the settings interact with each other and...
  • Choosing the right trauma kit

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Injuries happen quickly and without warning. When they do, you want something at hand so you can command the scene and treat the injured person until they receive medical attention. There’s a couple of different names for them: First Aid Kit, Trauma Kit, or Medical Bag. It sounds confusing about how each one is different and which one you need, but we’re here to help. Our trauma kits are created specifically for law enforcement and military personnel and we’ve reviewed our top three...
  • Command Every Scene at the RNC/DNC Conventions

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    With upwards of 100,000 demonstrators expected to be in each of the convention cities this July, Sirchie helps you be prepared for the uncertainty and maintenance of crowds, especially in today’s highly charged political climate. To make your life easier while planning, we’ve highlighted some recommendations and considerations when preparing for the conventions. What is essential? Balancing officer safety while maintaining control in this environment is paramount. You want gear that keeps...
  • 2016 AAFS Conference

    By: Andy Mariella
    Sirchie is proud to exhibit at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Booth 407 Exhibit Hall open February 24-26, 2016. Join us to learn more about our full offering for the professional and educational forensic laboratory including our featured solutions: Custom Kits Ductless Forensic Workstations, Drying Cabinets, and Fuming Chambers New NARK Presumptive Narcotics Reagent Kits for Fentanyl LABKAM & RUVIS System Alternate Light Sources New...
  • Custom Kits

    By: Andy Mariella
    From your idea to reality, Sirchie has the expertise, inventory, and manufacturing capabilities to meet your needs We offer thousands of high quality, reliable products delivered with our world-class customer service to suit your department's needs. Department protocols, processes, and procedures can call for unique solutions on occasion. When these situations arise, Sirchie is the ideal partner to develop and deliver your department's custom solution. Why work with Sirchie on custom...
  • New Webinar :Understanding Gun Shot Residue

    By: Andy Mariella
    Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your knowledge with a new Sirchie training webinar" "Understanding Gun Shot Residue" Thursday December 17, 2015 1-2 PM EST The increased media focus on gun violence and officer involved shootings creates an opportunity for law enforcement to reassure the public that investigations are conducted properly. Understanding gun shot residue is fundamental to solid investigations that involve discharge of weapons. In this new Sirchie webinar, you will learn: •...
  • New Sirchie Training to Take Your Latent Print Comparison Skills to the Next Level

    By: Andy Mariella
    You work as a latent fingerprint examiner or supervise a LPE team. You are driven to become the best examiner you can be. Practice involving complex exercises and real life casework comparisons can help you. Sirchie is offering a new Comprehensive Advanced Latent Print Comparison course in 2016. This class is the time and place to get the practice you need to become a better latent print examiner. Designed and taught by Johnny Leonard, former Deputy Director of the Wake County (NC) CCBI,...
  • New Webinar "Current Trends in Narcotics: Heroin, Flakka and THC Concentrates"

    By: Andy Mariella
    Join us for a new Sirchie training webinar "Current Trends in Narcotics: Heroin, Flakka, and THC Concentrates" Wednesday October 14 1-2 PM EDT (12 Noon Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific) Learn the latest information on these substances from our narcotics expert, Jack Thorndike. Register https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5325822488769237762
  • Please Share Your Thoughts With Sirchie

    By: Andy Mariella
    Help us by sharing your thoughts on a few topics.  This survey is intended for our US customers. Please access the survey via the link below.  We will collect responses through August 31. August 2015 US Customer Feedback Survey Thank you in advance for your time and your consideration.
  • "What You Need to Know About Cyanoacrylate Fuming" Webinar

    By: Andy Mariella
    Join us for a new Sirchie training webinar "What You Need to Know about Cyanoacrylate Fuming" Thursday August 27 1-2 PM EDT New York. Register now: https://sirchie.clickwebinar.com/cyanoacrylate/register Learn tips and techniques to help you detect latent fingerprints using cyanoacrylate (superglue) fuming.  Hope you can join us!