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  • Fluorescent Fingerprint Powders and Alternate Light Sources Webinar

    By: Andy Mariella
    Join Sirchie for our next training webinar in the Latent Print Series "Fluorescent Fingerprint Powders and Alternate Light Sources" Fluorescent powders and alternate light sources can be very valuable tools in identifying and capturing latent fingerprints on difficult surfaces including multi-colored backgrounds, textured background, currency, and more.  Join us as we instruct on the basics and how to execute the most complete evidence collection mission possible. Register...
  • New account on Stuxnet worm in "Countdown to Zero Day"

    By: Administrator
    Dan Goodin, Ars Technica The Stuxnet computer worm that attacked Iran's nuclear development program was first seeded to a handful of carefully selected targets before finally taking hold in uranium enrichment facilities, according to a recently published book. Stuxnet "Pateint Zero"     The new account, included in Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon by Wired reporter Kim Zetter, is at odds with the now-popular narrative that the malware...
  • Bullet Holes in Plastic-Composite Material

    By: Administrator
    (Crime Scene Investigator Network) Bullet Holes in Plastic and Steel by Sgt. Jim Davidsaver, Lincoln Police Department Abstract When investigating crimes involving gunshots and bullet holes, crime scene technicians must be cognizant of holes and defects in rubberized plastic-composite materials used in most new cars' bumpers, fascias and guard strips and investigate accordingly to determine if the damage was caused by a bullet. Accurate measurements of well-formed bullet holes are necessary...
  • Solving a Murder Mystery: Who Will Become a Killer

    By: Administrator
    University of Texas at Dallas Predicting which people will commit murder is extremely difficult, according to a new study by criminologists at The University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of criminology and co-author of the paper, said he and his fellow researchers were motivated by the lack of scientific literature on distinguishing people who will commit homicide from those who will not. According to the study, the similarities outweigh the differences between...
  • Florida Georgia IAI 2014 Conference

    By: Andy Mariella
    Sirchie is proud to continue our support for the Florida and Georgia Divisions of the IAI at the 2014 Annual Educational Conference.  Join Wes and Bob from Sirchie in our booth and at the wine and cheese reception to learn about what's new at Sirchie and what we can do for you. Learn more about the conference: https://fdiai.org/2014_educational_training.htm
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference

    By: Andy Mariella
    Sirchie is proud to exhibit at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 121st Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.  Join Sirchie in our booth, Booth 1068 in the Forensic/Investigation section to learn about how Sirchie gives your team high quality, reliable solutions delivered with world class customer service.  Visit our website to see the latest from Sirchie, www.sirchie.com. Learn more about the IACP conference: http://www.theiacpconference.org/iacp2014/public/enter.aspx
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Training Coordinators Conference

    By: Andy Mariella
    Sirchie is happy to support the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) at their 2014 Training Coordinators Conference in Corpus Christi.  Sirchie has conducted our hands-on training at several departments in the great state of Texas and will be looking for more host departments for 2015 and beyond.  You supply the facility, we provide the training. Learn more about the conference: http://www.tcleose.state.tx.us/coordinators_conference_2014/index.cfm
  • New York Division of the IAI 2014 Education Conference

    By: Andy Mariella
    Sirchie is proud to support the New York Division of the IAI at their 2014 Educational Conference in Syracuse, NY.  Visit Bob Luce in our booth to learn about all the great things going on at Sirchie including our new www.sirchie.com website and more.  The conference will be held October 21-23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Syracuse, NY. Visit the NY IAI to learn more about the conference: http://www.nyiai.org/conference.html
  • Southwest Association of Forensic Scientists 36th Annual Conference

    By: Andy Mariella
    Sirchie is proud to support the Southwest Association of Forensic Scientists at their 36th Annual Conference, October 19-23, 2014 in South Padre Island, Texas.  Come see Kim and Kim from Sirchie at our booth to discuss all of your needs and learn about what's new including our brand new www.sirchie.com website where you can find all the latest offerings from Sirchie. Visit the SWAFS website: swafs.us
  • Blowfly maggots provide physical evidence for forensic cases

    By: Administrator
      (This image shows the larva and pupa of Chrysomya megacephala.) Adult Blow Fly Credit: Chrysomya megacephala; CC-BY 4.0 Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Evidence collected from blowfly maggots could help in the investigation in murder cases. Estimation of the post mortem interval (PMI) is one of the most crucial matters in autopsies and entomological specimens have been widely used to determine PMI after 72 hours of death. This is done using the oldest blowfly larvae found and from the...
  • DNA Testing May Reveal Identity of Jack the Ripper

    By: Administrator
    Reprinted from Fox News    Jack the Ripper?     A self-described "armchair detective" and a Finnish molecular biologist have claimed to have discovered the identity of the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper, who brutally murdered at least five prostitutes in the East End of London in the autumn of 1888. A report in the Mail on Sunday names the killer as Aaron Kosminski, a Jewish Polish-born immigrant who lived in the East End and would have been 23 years old at the time of the...
  • How Forensic Research and Development Helps to Solve Crimes

    By: Administrator
    From: National Institute of Justice (NIJ) NIJ Publication Just as research and development in medicine is crucial to advancing public health, R&D in forensic science is crucial to improving public safety and the administration of justice. Since 2009, NIJ has awarded more than 250 grants worth more than $100 million for forensic science research. This portfolio has contributed significant changes to the way forensic scientists work by improving the reliability of forensic markers and...
  • New Digital Fingerprints Webinar

    By: Andy Mariella
    Join Sirchie for our next training webinar "Digital Fingerprint Basics" Tuesday September 9, 2014 1-2 PM EST. We will discuss the history of fingerprinting, demonstrate best practices for rolling prints with live scan technologies, and what the future of fingerprinting may hold. Register now: https://sirchie.clickwebinar.com/digital_fingerprints/register
  • Jeffrey Farkas Memorial Scholarship

    By: Andy Mariella
    Sirchie is pleased to announce the continuation of the Dr. Jeffrey Farkas Memorial Scholarship. This opportunity for a scholarship to fund tuition for recipients to attend a Sirchie sponsored training course in 2015.  This scholarship was made possible through the generosity of CJ Lyons, a pediatric ER physician and New York Times bestselling thriller author. During CJ’s pediatric internship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, one of her fellow interns, Dr. Jeffrey Farkas, was...
  • COLLECTING EVIDENCE FROM HUMAN BODIES

    By: Administrator
    Interior Crime Scene INTRODUCTION Source: www.crime-scene-investigator.net The collection of evidence from the body of a deceased person requires the cooperation of the Coroner's Office (Public Administrator) and all law enforcement agencies.  Typically, the Coroner's office has jurisdiction over the body and property of the deceased.  It is important that any evidence collected from the deceased be collected with the knowledge and permission of the Coroner's Office. Advise the Coroner's...