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Archive for September, 2008

A New Forensic Tool

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

A new tool to aid investigators screen evidence at crime scenes will be available in late 2009 or early 2010. Hailed as a new groundbreaking forensic identification test, Identity Science’s “AbP ID” will be used as a screening tool for forensic DNA and will give results in as little as two hours. (more…)

UK’s Crackdown on Spitters

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The United Kingdom is well known for having the world’s largest DNA database, due largely to its aggressive collection of DNA samples from all arrestees of crimes ranging from begging to homicide. A new partnership between Stagecoach South bus company and the Hampshire Constabulary means that even more samples will be collected and compared to the database. All 140 Basingstoke and 160 Aldershot bus drivers now have forensic DNA swab kits on board to collect evidence from passengers who spit on them. (more…)

Forensic Crime Labs Granted Additional Funds

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Within the past week, several state crime labs have announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has granted additional funds to their laboratories for the purpose of forensic DNA testing.

New York Senator Charles Schumer announced on September 17 that more than $500,000 in grant money will be split between Nassau and Suffolk counties. According to the DOJ, the funds must be used to reduce backlog or a laboratory’s turnaround time for analyzing DNA evidence samples. Some plans for the additional money include purchasing new state-of the art equipment and upgrading current computer equipment. Since 2005, New York crime labs have seen a steady increase in forensic cases. With the additional funding, the labs hope to maintain a reasonable turnaround time for DNA analysis of criminal evidence. (more…)

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