Science - Kelly Servick - March 7, 2016 Berks County detectives get digital assist With forensic science and technology rapidly evolving, Gombar and Sgt.
Robert Johnson, who heads the DA's forensic services unit, said they realized that it's futile to try to retrofit the detectives for the digital age when most of them began their careers before the Internet. cops using plant DNA to fight crime DNA marking is a method of tracking property in which owners mark an item with a solution containing plant DNA, then register their names with a special serial number.
But these methods require specialized equipment and training, which are in short supply in under-funded and over-worked forensics labs.
Evidence has taken as long as 300 days for the KBI to process, a statistic the bureau would like to see decrease to 60.
The Topeka Capital-Journa - Justin Wingerter - March 18, 2016 Waiting game: Law enforcement faces backlog in searching technology Law enforcement agencies across the state, including in Clatsop County, rely on only a few experts to process technology used in criminal cases.
Reading Eagle Company - Steven Henshaw - March 7, 2016 City of Deer Park, HFSC reach agreement for forensic services The City of Deer Park and the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) have reached an agreement for HFSC to provide the Deer Park Police Department with forensic services. crime lab restarts DNA testing on limited basis after shutdown cast doubts over analysis The D. crime lab is resuming limited DNA testing this week but will continue to send more-complicated cases for outside testing as it recovers from a nearly 10-month suspension, officials said. Hsu - March 2, 2016 Cook County medical examiner regains national accreditation Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle this week praised the work of the county's chief pathologist as she announced that the county medical examiner's office — once plagued by a scandal involving major backlogs and improperly stored bodies — has regained full accreditation by a national forensics organization. When a stolen object — anything from a watch to a car — is recovered, investigators simply shine an ultraviolet light on the item to find the mark.
The contract was signed by both parties in late February and takes effect immediately. A sample is then tested in a lab to determine who owns the com True Jersey - Andy Polhamus - March 2, 2016 Bill would let Marshall forensic center seek fed grants The West Virginia Senate advanced a bill Tuesday that would help the Marshall University Forensic Science Center obtain federal grant funding as a crime lab and establish it as an emergency backup to state labs.