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.
Chemistry World - Emma Stoye - March 22, 2016 Forensic researchers set standards for X-ray identification of bodies Forensic researchers have for the first time established science-based standards for identifying human remains based on X-rays of an individual's spine, upper leg or the side of the skull. - NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY - March 22, 2016 Alfred State forensic science technology program now accredited The forensic science technology program at Alfred State has recently obtained full accreditation status from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission, becoming one of only 20 accredited bachelor-level programs within the field nationwide, officials announced.
Evidence has taken as long as 300 days for the KBI to process, a statistic the bureau would like to see decrease to 60.
The Topeka Capital-Journa - Justin Wingerter - March 18, 2016 Waiting game: Law enforcement faces backlog in searching technology Law enforcement agencies across the state, including in Clatsop County, rely on only a few experts to process technology used in criminal cases.
Senate Bill 104 would provide the center with the status as a criminal justice agency, therefore making it eligible for grant dollars available through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal agencies.
The Herald Dispatch - LACIE PIERSON - March 2, 2016 Partnership provides forensic training, equipment to Alabama law enforcement agencies The center is hosting multiple training events to help police and sheriffs’ departments reduce the number of backlogged reports by improving the quality and timeliness of forensic evidence collected at the crime scenes, especially DNA evidence.
This is where things get tricky: DNA can be damaged by heat.
The Verge - Alessandra Potenza - March 25, 2016 Florida ready to tackle rape kit backlog New legislation signed Wednesday by Gov.
The Daily Astorian - Kyle Spurr - March 18, 2016 FBI agents learn to dig up evidence at a crime scene FBI agents around the country were brought to Knoxville for human recovery training at the University of Tennessee, a training like no other.
Local 8 - WVLT-TV Knoxville, TN - Donovan Long - March 17, 2016 Washington poised to become first state to track all rape kits Supporters say the bill will enable rape survivors to keep track of what’s happening in their cases, while pinpointing problems that have caused an estimated 6,000 rape kits to go untested in Washington.
- 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.