October 2014

IACP’s Annual Conference (IACP 2014) will take place in Orlando, Florida, from October 25 to October 28, 2014. The conference includes workshops, programs, and expo hall, and networking opportunities and events. This issue provides updated information for attendees and tips on how to get the most out of this annual event.

As forensic science improves and increases its relevance to law enforcement and public safety, law enforcement professionals need stay up-to-date and well informed on the laws, policies, best practices, and research related to forensics.  From DNA and fingerprints to ballistics and digital forensics, this issues offers examples of initiatives and research that can benefit law enforcement across the world.


  • Law Enforcement’s Silent Partner: Forensics Research and Development

    Police officers—from patrol to top brass—don’t always think about how scientific research leads to innovative solutions that improve their odds of catching criminals. Nonetheless, from bloodstai...

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  • Denver Crime Gun Intelligence Center: Locked On Target

    In January 2013, the Denver, Colorado, Police Department (DPD) and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Denver Field Division created a partnership to improve the way in ...

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  • Community Policing and Forensics: Using a Local DNA Database to Reduce Crime

    Police chiefs are expected to lower crime, improve community relations, and manage their departments to protect civilians in their jurisdictions—all while facing budgetary constraints. The Bensalem ...

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  • A Commitment to Justice: Analyzing Ohio’s Untested Sexual Assault Kits

    When it is said that the Ohio Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Initiative is taking some of the “worst of the worst” criminals off the street, no one familiar with the Elias Acevedo c...

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  • Assessing the Impact of Digital Evidence on State and Local Policing

    In 2013, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) partnered with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to survey executives from ...

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  • DRE Conference Draws Record-breaking Attendance in Phoenix

    The IACP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Section’s Annual Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving convened July 28–30, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona, and drew more than 870 law enfor...

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  • Search Warrants for Digital Devices

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently observed that digital devices “have become important tools [for] ... criminal enterprises, and can provide valuable incriminating information about dangerous criminal...

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  • Addressing the Heroin Epidemic: New Jersey’s Intelligence-Led Approach

    The skyrocketing use of heroin and other opiates has become a significant health care crisis confronting a number of U.S. states, including New Jersey. Drug overdose deaths in the United States have s...

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  • Creating a Culture of Leadership: IACP LPO Projects Transform the Vermont State Police

    As is true for many law enforcement agencies, the ability to recruit and retain qualified persons is an ongoing challenge for the Vermont State Police (VSP). During the next five years, Vermont’s la...

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  • Dental Implantology: An Emerging Technology in the Identification of Missing Persons

    The field of dental implantology can provide the dental forensics division an invaluable tool in the identification process of the unknown and missing. The great potential of this unique forensic dent...

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  • HR Transformation in the Danish Police

    The police have a strong impact on the safety and security of citizens, as well as on the welfare and prosperity of society as a whole. Consequently, it is of great importance that the police deliver ...

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