The Olympian - MELISSA SANTOS - March 15, 2016 A look inside the Brandon Police Forensic Identification Unit Lanny Stewart of the Westman Journal recently spent an afternoon with the Brandon Police Service Forensic Identification Unit, getting an all-access pass to what goes on 'behind the scenes'.
- March 13, 2016 UCO Forensic Science Institute receives historic accreditation The three newly accredited programs are Bachelor of Science degrees in forensic molecular biology, forensic chemistry and digital forensics.
UCO joins Eastern Kentucky University as the first two universities in the nation to receive accreditation for an undergraduate digital forensics program.
Tampa Bay Times - Ayana Stewart - March 31, 2016 Police artists nab criminals with pencil, paper In an age of ubiquitous cellphones and surveillance cameras, New York City police forensic artist Matthew Klein is one of a dying breed of crime fighters who helps catch bad guys with a pencil and paper.
The Sumter Item - COLLEEN LONG - March 29, 2016 Houston, Harris County officials renew calls to merge crime labs All of the members of the Harris County Commissioners Court are renewing calls for the county to take over forensic work from the city lab, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said last week that he is interested in pursuing either a merger or further partnership with the county, in contrast to his predecessor.
Times Live - Shaun Smillie - March 8, 2016 Reversing the legacy of junk science in the courtroom Last May, NIST awarded million to a team of about 30 statisticians and legal professionals to help develop tools for analyzing the strength of an apparent match.
Called the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), it will collaborate with NIST statisticians to develop statistical methods that describe how strongly a shoeprint in the dirt links the owner of a certain pair of sneakers to a crime scene, for example, or how many fingerprints other than the suspect’s might have left a similar pattern on a murder weapon.Huston Chronicle - Mihir Zaveri and Rebecca Elliott - March 27, 2016 Illinois State Police swamped with DNA tests on rapes, murders The short-staffed Illinois State Police crime lab is grappling with a backlog of thousands of pending tests on biological evidence collected in rapes, murders and other crimes, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.Chicago Sun Times - Frank Main - March 27, 2016 Law Enforcement Investigators Demand Access To Private DNA Databases Two major companies that research family lineage for fees around 0 say that over the last two years, they have received law enforcement demands for individuals' genetic information stored in their DNA databases.Sun Sentinel - Linda Trischitta - March 24, 2016 Sioux Falls Crime Lab Receives National Accreditation In 2009 the department started updating their policies, procedures and technical systems, and on March 11, the lab received its Certificate of Accreditation in two of the 6 forensic disciplines: The Controlled Substance Analysis and Toxicology.KDLT News - Sydney Kern - March 23, 2016 Renovations to regional forensic lab near completion The building has been LEED certified and features open atriums, large break rooms and tall windows that Patrick said drastically improve the work environment for employees.CBS SP bay Area - March 26, 2016 How do you recover DNA from a crime scene like Brussels?