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Computer Programs for Crime Scene Sketches

Continuing with the “Let’s chat about it” series…. Let’s chat about online or computer programs agencies use to create crime scene sketches. First, let me review the importance of crime scene sketches. As I wrote in previous posts (July 2021 and July 2017), crime scene sketches are used to...

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Crime Scene Sketches

This month is all about crime scene sketches. When starting a rough sketch, it is best to consider the evidence first. Try to measure and locate each item of evidence within the scene on the evidence log or within your notes prior to collection. When documenting a scene, being aware of and...

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Crime Scene Processing

Let us chat about Crime Scene Processing. Crime scene diagrams can become complex drawings when out in the field due to the lack of buildings, structures, walls, and other fixed objects. The challenges to crime scene technicians happen when the lack of flexibility and versatility is present....

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Virtual Training is EVERYWHERE!

Class 2021 of The Forensic Science Academy, started their training on April 10. I'm always excited to see and finally meet the accepted students. This year's class has students with professional backgrounds related to law enforcement, the legal system, and other public service sectors. We have...

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What happens if the forensic job isn't the right fit?

The other day, I was part of a round table discussion group of forensic experts fielding questions from students in various stages of their forensic career journey. Some had completed their 4-year degree, some were in the middle of their degree, and still, others were looking to decide what...

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Student Question: Death Investigations

For this month, I wanted to bring attention to a great podcast from CoronerTalk.com. If you don't know this site, it is run by my good friend and professional colleague, Darren Dake. In this episode, he highlights a conversation he had with a student of the Medico-Legal Death Academy where...

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Student Question: How do investigators determine what's important to the crime scene?

Happy 2021! To start the first blog of 2021, I wanted to answer this student question: How do crime scene investigators determine what object or evidence is important to the crime scene? It is nearly impossible to document and list all the objects/evidence that could be conceivably important...

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Resources and Tips--December 2020

The end of 2020 is fast approaching! To say the least, it's been a challenging time for everyone. For the end of the year newsletter, I wanted to list a few resources and training tips you may find interesting. I included a little bit of everything--from burned bones to ballistics to landing an...

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Pivoting to Online Training

Last month, Rutgers University published an article about the benefits of teaching forensic science online. I posted the article on my Twitter feed and the two forensic science Facebook pages/groups I manage. The article describes how incorporating hands-on training in online courses results...

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Sound-Related Safety Issues for CSIs

Recently, we offered a 2-week online course about the many challenges and risks crime scene investigators face. We covered environmental, scene, and chemical hazards investigators and first-responders encounter at scenes. One of the environmental risks includes sounds. The non-forensic...

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