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All about latent prints!

Let’s talk about latent prints. Latent prints are a reproduction of the friction skin left on an object when touched. The print must be developed or made visible by using latent print powders or chemicals. Friction skin is the ridge detail or lines which appear on the underside of the...

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The Role of Biological Evidence in an Investigation

Student question: What is biological evidence and how does it help in an investigation? In a nutshell, biological evidence can be any substance from a human source providing personal identification of that source. The power behind biological evidence is its use in identifying victims or...

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Packaging Evidence

Crime scene investigators encounter many different type of evidence found at scenes: physical, biological, trace, and digital just to name a few. Collecting evidence is a vital part of what crime scene investigators do and knowing how and what to collect is the corner stone of their duties....

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Interview with Jeanne Assam—Hero in the 2007 New Life Church Shooting in Colorado Springs, Co.

I'm a big fan of listening to podcasts. These gems provide learning on many different topics: sports, finances, weight loss, fitness, teaching, and yes, even forensic science and law enforcement. Podcasts provide entertainment, bring awareness topics and concerns that affect our daily lives, and...

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Forensic Science Academy Training Modules

This week's blog is a short video about the hands-on training offered at Forensic Science Academy. I put together this video because we receive many emails asking what our training modules include. Here's the video: We offer a FREE online Orientation Class about the many benefits of our...

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Student Question: What are the steps CSIs take to preserve a crime scene?

Student question: What steps do CSIs need to take to preserve a crime scene? Are there special steps when collecting evidence? I've outlined the steps below. Remember each agency is different and the steps may be differ from what is written. For Scene Preservation: This is one of the most...

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Question & Answer with Terri Armenta, Founder of Forensic Training Unlimited--Forensic Science Training

I was recently interviewed on the Real Life podcast, by Tamara Mickelson, retired CSI, who has written Through My Eyes: CSI Memoirs, a collective of stories from the CSI point of view, and who has created ThinBlueLine4Woman, a page dedicated to the women (and men) wearing The Blue. Here are a...

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The Murder of Holly Lynn Moore: Case Summary

This beautiful young woman pictured above is Holly Lynn Moore. Holly loved figure skating, snowboarding, and was an engineering student at the University of Colorado. Described by friends and family as goofy, adventurous, fun, and silly, Holly was your typical 19-year-old young woman, who...

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International Overview of Women in Forensic Science

Why do women dominate the forensic field? Technology has helped to transform forensic methods and processes into powerful investigative tools used to capture touch DNA, solve cold cases, and identify how long latent prints were on a particular surface. 3-D scanners and drones help crime scene...

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Revisiting The Importance of Training

In this month's blog post, I'm revisiting my guest speaking on CoronerTalk.com. If you're unfamiliar with CoronerTalk.com, it is the only podcast dedicated to medico-legal professionals and others who are associated with roles dealing with decedents. CoronerTalk and Death Investigation Training...

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