President’s Message: Solving Crimes in the Lab: Understanding the Role of Forensic Science in Policing

Forensic science. The phrase often brings to mind the labs filled with futuristic technology featured on popular television shows like CSI, Bones, NCIS, and other crime dramas, where every fingerprint has a match, every DNA sample is in the database, every smartphone is crackable, and every piece of trace evidence is a perfect piece of the puzzle.

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Research in Brief
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Although the exploitation of human beings is centuries old, the term “sex trafficking” has only recently received widespread attention. Scholars have probed the nature of these offenses in hopes o...
Technology Talk
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IACP Working for You
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Traffic Safety Initiatives
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According to the FBI, there were 17,250 murders and nonnegligent manslaughters in the United States in 2016. These crimes always generate a feeling of fear and a demand for enforcement in all police j...
Officer Safety Corner
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It is no secret that many first responders, especially police officers experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and high levels of stress. Despite the prevalence of these issues, training the ...
Legislative Alert
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On January 17, 2018, IACP Second Vice President Steven Casstevens, chief of the Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Police Department, testified on the long-term care needs of first responders injured in the lin...
Product Feature
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If any piece of equipment symbolizes the modern world of law enforcement, it could well be the body-worn camera. As they rose in prominence alongside smartphones, body-worn cameras enabled police o...
The Dispatch
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In December, Police Chief asked our readers how their agencies access forensic science services for their investigations. Here is what you told us:...
Product Update
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The Police Chief keeps you on the cutting edge of law enforcement technology with monthly product announcements. Items about new or improved products are based on news releases supplied by manufactu...
Chief's Counsel
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A frequent federal civil rights claim made against police officers is for deliberate indifference to the serious medical needs of someone in custody. Usually, the person involved in these claims has ...