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  • NARK News

    By: Administrator
    Welcome to the New Home for Sirchie's NARK News, an electronic newsletter for narcotics investigation Sirchie publishes NARK News several times per year as a resource for law enforcement professionals involved with narcotics investigation.  To access any issue, simply click on the cover of that issue and it will open up the downloadable PDF version for your review. New Issue - Volume 9 Published June 2015                     Archive Volume 8 June...
  • New Webinar "Basics of Surveillance Operations - Understanding New Technologies"

    By: Andy Mariella
    Don't miss this chance to learn about the basics of surveillance technologies and what the latest technologies can do to make your missions safer and easier to execute. Thursday May 28 1-2 PM Eastern Daylight Time (Starting 12 Noon CDT, 11 AM MDT, 10 AM Pacific DT) Register: https://sirchie.clickwebinar.com/surveillance/register
  • New Sirchie Webinar "Alternate Light Source Basics for the Crime Scene"

    By: Andy Mariella
    Join us Friday May 1, 2015 1-2 PM EDT (12 Noon CDT, 11 AM MDT, 10 AM PDT) for a new training webinar.  Students will learn the basics of working with alternate light sources to help them execute the most complete evidence collection mission possible. Register now: https://sirchie.clickwebinar.com/als/register
  • Sirchie Webinar - Basics of Casting Footwear Impressions

    By: Andy Mariella
    Learn from Sirchie on the basics of how to cast footwear impressions including demonstrations of basic techniques.  Once you get the basics, come to Sirchie and get practical hands-on experience in our Evidence Collection Advanced Training class. You can register via this link: https://sirchie.clickwebinar.com/casting/register Thursday February 26, 2015 1-2 PM Eastern Standard Time New York To learn more about coming to Sirchie for training, please follow this...
  • Vincent Van Gogh "did not shoot himself," forensic expert claims

    By: Administrator
    Reprinted From Fox News Wheat Field by Vincent Van Gogh Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, whose mysterious death by gunshot near Paris in 1890 has long been scrutinized, may have been murdered, a leading forensics expert claims. The Post-Impressionist artist revealed on his death bed he had shot himself in a wheat field in Auvers on July 27, 1890, just days after placing a large order for paint and other supplies. But Dr. Vincent Di Maio, an expert on gunshot injuries who was a key witness...
  • Improving Biometric and Forensic Technology: The Future of Research Datasets

    By: Administrator
    Forensic Magazine One of the biggest challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology is the availability of useful datasets for researchers. The lack of sufficient data limits the development of new technology, methods and informed policy decisions. To help resolve this issue, NIJ has sponsored NIST to investigate publically available biometric and forensic datasets. On January 26-27, NIST will host a symposium to discuss the adequacy of these datasets and how to...
  • Study points to organized crime links to counterfeit medicines

    By: Administrator
    criminal A study of counterfeits of a single medicine brand has found similarities that suggest one organized, criminal organization is likely behind the trade. That is the conclusion drawn by scientists from pharma company Roche and the Institute of Forensic Science in Switzerland, who systematically profiled samples of the unnamed capsule product taken from 33 separate seizures around the world between 2004 and 2013. Armed with high-tech analytical technologies that can identify counterfeits...
  • A New Study Finds That Closing Your Eyes Boosts Memory Recall

    By: Administrator
    From: Science Daily   In a new study, published in the journal Legal and Criminology Psychology, researchers from the University of Surrey have found further evidence to suggest that eyewitnesses to crimes remember more accurate details when they close their eyes. The team also discovered that building a rapport with witnesses also helped them to remember more. 178 participants took part across two studies. In the first experiment, participants watched a film depicting an electrician entering...
  • Sirchie Webinar - Lifting Prints from Difficult Surfaces

    By: Andy Mariella
    Please join us for our next Sirchie webinar, "Lifting Prints from Difficult Surfaces" Thursday January 29, 2015 1-2 PM EST New York. This is the first in a series of training webinars of lifting latent prints from difficult surfaces.   In this session, we will focus on using polyvinylsiloxane (commonly known as AccuTrans®) to lift prints.  This method can be extremely effective on textured surfaces where you may not think there is enough ridge detail for a good, comparable print. Register...
  • Five types of pattern evidence all investigators should know

    By: Administrator
    While all evidence at a crime scene is important and must be considered, pattern evidence requires careful analysis — and sometimes specialized training — in order to properly interpret it Reprinted from Crime Scene Investigator.net By Det. Morris (MO) Greenburg Whenever a crime is committed, it is incumbent upon police officers and investigators to determine what happened. As a matter of standard practice, witnesses are interviewed in order to elicit their story. Well, there is one...
  • PrinTips by Sirchie - Tips for Successful Latent Print Processing of Crime Scenes

    By: Administrator
    Latent Print Development and Lifting Techniques – Review Are You Registered for the Next Sirchie Webinar, Lifting Latent Prints From Difficult Surfaces?  Date/Time TBA. Below are some articles on basic techniques for using latent powders and chemicals. You may consider reviewing these before attending the webinar. Latent Fingerprints Part 1: What is a latent fingerprint? Part 2: Latent Powders Overview of Chemical Tools and Methods for Latent Print Development PrinTips01 – Magnetic Latent...
  • Are FBI Claims of Attribution of Sony Hacking Based on Questionable IP Addresses

    By: Administrator
    By: Thomas Fox-Brewster, Forbes FBI director James Comey has tried to shed some light on his agency’s claims that North Korea was behind the Guardians of Peace cyber attacks that tore apart Sony Pictures in November and forced the cancellation of The Interview, a comedy in which the two central characters are asked to assassinate the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un. But, according to security experts, it’s unlikely that his fresh assertions that the hackers were sloppy and leaked data that...
  • The Science Behind Firearm And Tool Mark Examination

    By: Administrator
    by Nancy Ritter Glock 42 .380 Cal. Study finds less than 1.2 percent error rate in matching bullets fired from Glock semiautomatic pistol barrels to the actual firearm. The NIJ-funded study described in “Study Identifies Ways to Improve ATF Ballistic Evidence Program” looked at the operation of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), not at the underlying science of firearm and tool mark examination. This forensic science — sometimes referred to by laypeople as...
  • Microbial 'signature' for sexual crimes

    By: Administrator
    Bacterial communities living on an individual's pubic hairs could be used as a microbial 'signature' to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases, according to a study published in the open access journal Investigative Genetics. Hairs are one of the most common types of trace evidence collected during forensic investigations, but the majority of those recovered from crime scenes lack their roots and contain insufficient amounts of human genetic material to carry out DNA profiling of...
  • Detectives use toilet paper roll to link man to pizza shop robbery

    By: Administrator
    By Liz Zemba, http://triblive.com/ A threatening note penned on toilet paper helped unravel a robbery attempt at a Uniontown pizza shop, according to police. Eric W. Frey, 29, of Uniontown is charged with walking into Michael Maria's Pizza on East Fayette Street shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday and handing an employee a note handwritten in black ink on a scrap of toilet paper, police said. Toilet Paper Evidence The note read, “I have a gun. Give me $300,” according to court documents. Frey...