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Forensics society learns real-world CSI skills from former Texas Ranger

Conifer Colorado Junior Austin Johnson holds up a freshly taken fingerprint.

By Magdalayna Drivas | Reporter

If you’ve ever wanted to collect fingerprints, analyze bloodstain patterns and solve murder mysteries alongside a former Texas Ranger, Baylor has a club for you.

The Baylor forensic society provides students education, training and hands-on experience with different scientific techniques used in forensic investigations, as well as fellowship and networking with others interested in the field.

“We have biweekly meetings and events at each meeting where we go into a certain subject within forensic science,” Austin junior and forensic society vice president Janie Contreras said. “At this week’s meeting we’ll be fingerprinting. We learn different skills related to forensic science, but we also get to do things like pre-screen a new CBS show about forensic science.”

Members of the society have the privilege of working with former Texas

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At world’s largest crime scene professionals conference, Northampton cop shows off local edge in tech and technique

NORTHAMPTON — As a 29-year veteran of the Northampton Police Department, Officer Michael Allard knows a thing or two about crime scenes. 

Allard spent last week imparting some of that knowledge to others at the International Association for Identification (IAI) educational conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the largest forensics and crime scene professionals conference in the world.

The IAI, which has been a law enforcement resource since its inception in 1915, is a global organization, with over 6,500 members from 77 countries, according to its mission statement. The organization’s annual conference brings forensic professionals together for a week to learn and network. 

Allard spent the week teaching workshops covering a number of topics, including using forensics and other technology to map crime scenes, according to a statement from the Northampton Police Department.

Capt. John Cartledge said Allard is one of the most trained and well-rounded officers when it comes to crime scene investigations, and that the conference is a good

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‘The Only Full Service Crime Lab for Wildlife in the World’

Marine life rely on sound to navigate, socialize, and find food and mates, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult for them to hear each other. Noise caused by human activity is now an inescapable threat to their lives.

In the video above from Vox, we hear some of the amazing sounds that underwater creatures make, and learn how they’re impacted by noise pollution.

From leisure boats to industrial seismic blasting, humans have created an extreme situation. It’s hard not to compare it to sound torture, now banned for being cruel and unusual punishment!

If we wouldn’t inflict such pain on our worst enemies, then why are we so ruthless to our neighbors in the sea?

Be sure to watch the video to the end to get to the good news!

Read more at: https://www.ecowatch.com/wildlife-forensics-crime-lab-2455064074.html

BCI facility helping to put BGSU on the map in the investigation world – Sentinel



File. Forensic Scientist Ted Manasian works inside the trace evidence lab at the new BCI Building on the BGSU campus.

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017 12:30 am

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Students find murder mystery that’s out of this world

Jacob Beer, 10, right, a fourth-grader at Tri-Valley Elementary School in Downs, works with his classmates to gather evidence to determine if the “president of NASA” was murdered Monday at Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College, Normal. The center’s space mission simulation took on a new twist, using a crime scene investigation to teach science, teamwork and analytical and problem-solving skills.

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Inside the World of Crime Scene Investigation

Forensics For Dummies takes you inside the world of crime scene investigation to give you the low down on this exciting field. Written by a doctor and former Law & Order consultant, this guide will have you solving crimes along with your favorite TV shows in no time. From fingerprints and fibers to blood and ballistics, you’ll walk through the processes that yield significant information from the smallest clues. You’ll learn how Hollywood gets it wrong, and how real-world forensics experts work every day in fields as diverse as biology, psychology, anthropology, medicine, information technology, and more. If you’re interested in a forensics career, you’ll find out how to break in—and the education you’ll need to do the type of forensics work that interests you the most. Written for the true forensics fan, this book doesn’t shy away from the details; you’ll learn what goes on at the morgue as you determine cause of death, and you’ll climb into the mind of a killer as you learn how forensic psychologists narrow down the suspect list.

Crime shows are entertaining, but the reality is that most forensics cases aren’t wrapped up in an hour. This book shows you how it’s really done, and the amazing technology and brilliant people that do it every day.

  • Learn who does what, when they do it, and how it’s done
  • Discover the many fields involved in crime scene investigation
  • Understand what really happens inside a forensics lab
  • Examine famous forensics cases more intriguing than any TV show

Forensic scientists work in a variety of environments and in many different capacities. If you think television makes it look interesting, just wait until you learn what it’s really like! Forensics For Dummiestakes you on a tour of the real-world science behind solving the case.

A new — and wet — world for investigator

Underwater Crime Scene Investigation

In October of 2016 Investigator S. Murphy, of the Greene County Sheriffs’ Office investigations division completed the training and received certification in Underwater Crime Scene Investigations (UCI). UCI is a detailed and strenuous form of investigation that allows for forensic examination of a crime scene in water environments, often with limited or no visibility in water. The UCI course is conducted in water with low visibility and deteriorated environmental conditions. To qualify for the course you must be law enforcement affiliated and a seasoned diver with a minimum of an Advanced Open Water Certification, Military Diver Certification, or a Certified Commercial Diving Certification. UCI Association divers are recognized worldwide as the experts in underwater crime scene investigations. Investigator Murphy is certified as a Navy Deep Sea Diver and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

UCI investigations pertain to any crime scene in or near a body of water, whether

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Behind the tape: A rare look into the world of a Portland crime scene investigator


A whole criminal case can hinge on the evidence Portland’s crime scene investigators find. The group of highly specialized criminalists work relentlessly to uncover answers.

Fox 12 got a rare look behind the tape as we stepped into the world of Portland Police Criminalist Jeff Shearer. 

Some days as a crime scene investigator can be mundane. Others, haunting. For Jeff Shearer this day falls somewhere in between. 

Shearer began his day at a home in southeast Portland. The call came in as a robbery with a suspect in custody. His job now, is to collect all of the evidence in the case. 

“There are some things I will tell you I don’t collect and one of them is feces,” said Shearer to the homeowner who answered the door. 

He’s not kidding and feces really was found on the garage floor

Read more at: http://www.kptv.com/story/33541952/behind-the-tape-a-rare-look-into-the-world-of-a-portland-crime-scene-investigator