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Mid-Range Photos: The Whys

This part 2 of a 3 part series about the different types of scene photos. Mid-Range Photographs The purpose of mid-range photos is to establish the location of evidence and what relationship that evidence has to the scene. These photos should be taken in a normal ‘fashion’—capture the scene...

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Capturing a Crime Scene: Overall Photographs

Capturing a Crime Scene: Overall Photographs View one of the 3 steps/views is called overall/overview photographs. It is what the name implies—lets others visualize the scene as you, the photographer, does. These photos should show the scene as you found it. You should plan your interior...

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3 Step Approach to Photographing a Crime Scene

How to Photograph Crime Scenes—3 Step Approach I’m sure you know by now, photographing a scene is not the same as taking a picture of your dog (in my case, her name is Chip—after chocolate chip cookies—my fav). Photographing the crime scene is usually done after the crime scene has been...

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Forensic Career Series: What is a Forensic Accountant?

What is Forensic Accounting? Well, if you've ever been involved in a legal setting which required financial records to be analyzed and summarized--especially with companies undergoing a financial change, such as a takeover, lawsuits, or even a division between business owners--by a forensic...

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Mini Courses--What You Need to Know

New Forensic Training Series: Mini Courses--What You Need to Know Where do you find the time to get forensic training? I understand you're stretched for time--family, pets, school, work--it all adds up to having a full plate and not enough time to tackle yet another commitment. If you can...

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I Quit. Now What?

I quit. I'm done. I'm tired. How many times have you said this to yourself because you're simply too tired of waiting for a break, a foot in the door, something to go your way...anything. So you decide to quit and go in a different non-forensic direction because you're done. Your forensic...

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Whorls--Fingerprint Patterns

This is part 3 in our 3 part series about the different fingerprint patterns. Whorls are the last classification group we will explore. Unlike loops and arches, whorls have 4 sub-classifications. Each sub-classification has it's own characteristics that set it apart from the other whorl...

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Arches--Fingerprint Pattern

This is part 2 in a series of 3 about fingerprint patterns. Last week's post introduced you to the loop. This post we will explore arches--both plain and tented. In arch patterns, the ridges of the finger run continuous from one side of the finger to the other with no recurving. There are...

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Loops--Fingerprint Pattern

The loop is the most often seen pattern in the world's population. These prints recurve back on themselves to form a loop shape. Divided into radial loops (pointing toward the radius bone, or thumb) and ulnar loops (pointing toward the ulna bone, or pinky), loops account for approximately 60...

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Fingerprint Basics: It's L.A.W.

No two people have the exact same fingerprints--no even identical twins. Because prints are so unique, they have been used as a primary source of personal identification in cases of mass disasters, criminal cases, biometrics processes, and even as unlocking your computer and phone. But why...

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