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Articles from Vol. 55, No. 3, March

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Bloodstain pattern analysis can range from the simple to the complex. The trails of blood in a crime scene or cast-off blood patterns are reasonably straightforward and understandable. Determining areas of convergence and origin employing string methods...
Budgets Are Easy
"Repeat after me: budgets are easy, budgets are easy," said Rod Helm of Grant Writing USA. Remember to dream deep and think big. Grant budget forms typically come with a limited amount of room, but don't stop there. That's because you can't consider...
Bugs as Evidence
Forensic entomologists are a special breed of investigators. Their focus of attention at a crime scene is one few others would make note of...the species and developmental stages of insects and their larvae found in and around a corpse. The data they...
Build a Range, Part 3
With the first two columns under your belt, you should have a good handle on low many firing lanes you need in the new range and how long they should be. You should know if you are going with an indoor range, an outdoor range, or a combination of both....
Dark House
The Hillsborough County, FL Sheriff's Office is one of the larger law enforcement agencies with 1,300 patrol deputies and 1,100 detention officers. And the HCSO has a new Dark House, an indoor range where darkness is dominant. This firing range, custom...
Dodge Police Advisory Board
Formed in mid-2006, DaimlerChrysler (DCX) Police Advisory Board met for the first time in September. Like similar police advisory boards with Ford and General Motors, the goal of the DCX board is a frank and honest two-way discussion between police fleet...
Estimating the TIME OF DEATH
Time is one of the most important factors of consideration in a murder case. It may very well convict a murderer, break an alibi or eliminate a suspect. If the circumstances surrounding death indicate the possibility of homicide, then both the body and...
Lifesaving Law Enforcement
Last year, 44,000 people lost their lives on the nation's roads. Auto crashes are the leading cause of death for all people between ages 3 and 33. Yet traffic enforcement is one of the first areas that is cut when the budget gets tight. I know the courts...
New Mobile Computers for Edmonton Police
Few people know it, but Canada is actually the largest oil importer to the United States, ahead of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Venezuela. This oil is mainly produced by the western Canadian province of Alberta. This is why Edmonton, the provincial capital,...
Policy for Constitutional Law
If you don't already have comprehensive policy guidance on constitutional law issues and criminal investigative procedure, you should. Changes in the law and in society have made policing an increasingly complex, often confusing business. Once rare,...
Positive Scene Presentations
A working crime scene is pure gold for a television news crew. The action and visuals will guarantee a longer spot on the nightly news, so the reporters know they'll need to get an interview from the scene. While there is nothing inherently wrong with...
SIM Cards
The SIM card is frequently used in cell phones. I wondered how much or how little we, as police officers, knew about SIM cards, what they are and how they are used. I sent an e-mail to dozens of officers from the patrol level up to the chief of police....
Streamlight's Low-Light Instructor Course
Streamlight sponsors and endorses Team One Network as its provider of low-light training. Team One Network offers a three-day Low Light / Laser Instructor course, which covers almost every aspect of integrating lowlight and laser training into any current...
The Forgotten Area Canvass
In the course of any criminal investigation, there are very few Sherlock Holmes moments. Rarely does the investigator shout, "Watson, I have it!" to his partner when the culprit's identity is dramatically revealed through brilliant reasoning or magnificent...
The Straight Line from the Past
Life experiences make up who we are. They define us, but they are not visible to others. Others perceive only what we allow them to see. What we become in their eyes is an embodiment of that perception, and it will color what we are able to achieve....
Training and Testing on Department Policy
Law enforcement administrators want to protect the agency, themselves and the officers from litigation. So, someone started a procedure more than 30 years ago that still continues today. That procedure is to hand officers a policy manual that's the size...
Underwater Crime Scene Photography
Today's forensic photographer is well versed in the methodology and logistics associated with abovewater photography. There has been a great deal of emphasis and training dedicated to ensuring that proper viewing angles, distances and subject matter...
What It Takes
What it takes to be an excellent officer is as simple as a trio of A's, a trio of B's and a trio of C's. The three A's that make a good police officer are attitude, academic ability and appearance.We certainly want police officers that have a positive,...