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CSI Training: What is Trace Evidence?

This is part of our ongoing series introducing and explaining various types of evidence a crime scene investigator may observe and collect. Investigators expect to find evidence at crime scenes, right? Of course. Evidence collection is the 'main ingredient' of any crime scene so it's only...

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What is Impression Evidence?

What is impression evidence? Did you know the most common form of impression evidence is a shoe print left at the scene by the suspect? But what exactly is impression evidence? Impression evidence “is simply where several objects are pressed or stamped against one another allowing the objects...

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Note Taking: What to Document

Student Question of the Week: What type of questions should I ask myself when first arriving upon a scene? Although each scene is different from another, it is important to discuss getting into the habit of documenting some of the most common events when arriving to a scene. Documenting the...

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Insects and Forensic Science: What You Need to Know

Summer is here and that means summer vacation time with family and outings with friends. So it's only natural to plan a day trip to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It's close by and I knew the kids would love it (even though it was hot). I began to wonder about the bug exhibit--how...

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Why Crime Scene Sketches are SO Important

Crime scene sketches are one of the foundations of crime scene investigation. Crime scene sketches are still considered a valuable tool of scene documentation and case investigation used. But before beginning a sketch, the investigator should have a comprehensive view of the of scene and...

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Different Photographs for Different Scenes.

Our Forensic Photography Academy is starting soon and I thought it would be fitting to write about the photographing of decedents. Although each scene has its unique set of circumstances and characteristics, the type of photographs needed during the investigation process may be different from...

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Forensic Career Workshop: 5+ Common Asked Questions During a Forensic Job Interview

I'm so excited to announce our very first interactive live session workshop--5+ Common Questions Asked In A Forensic Job Interview. Here's what the workshop is all about: This 6 week workshop gives you the tools so you can ACE answering those interview questions--both general and...

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What is Chain of Custody?

Chain of custody accounts for everyone who had posession of an item of real evidence from the time it came into police custody until it has been introduced in court. So what s real evidence? Anything that can be perceived by the five senses is considered real evidence. All types of real...

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Duties of Crime Scene Investigator: REDCAP

Crime scene investigators do the REDCAP thing everyday!! What? Yep, you read that right--REDCAP. Crime scene investigators: Recognize evidence Evaluate importance of evidence Document evidence (note taking, photos, video) Collect evidence And Package evidence REDCAPing is second nature...

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The Importance of Physical Evidence: What, Why, How

Question from a student: What is the purpose of physical evidence? I mean, I know I need to collect physical evidence, but why? Before I answer, let's define what physical evidence is all about. What is physical evidence? Physical evidence is any and all objects that can establish that a...

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