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The use of forensic evidence in criminal investigations has undergone many changes since 1907 when August Vollmer had a biologist analyze blood, fibers, and soil in a murder case. Forensics—the scientific analysis of physical evidence for prosecution or exoneration of individuals in criminal cases—has seen great advances such as the investigation of computer crimes using digital forensics and DNA analysis. DNA evidence has revolutionized criminal investigations and adjudications in attaining exonerations and convictions—providing evidence of identity, with near certainty.

Cover image courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Scientific Services Bureau, Photo-Digital Imaging Section.

Articles
Product Feature: Forensics and Investigation Tools Flourish in the Field
The Changing Face of Forensic Science: What Police Chiefs Need to Know about National Forensic Science Initiatives
Rethinking the Ownership of Crime Labs: No Matter Who Is in Charge, Jurisdictional Commitment Is Key
Are You Running a Quality Forensic Science Operation? What Chiefs Need to Know about QA and Accreditation
Video Evidence Is Everywhere: Training and Respect Are Needed
Communication, Context, and Crime Scenes: Enhancing Opportunities to Identify and Collect Touch DNA Evidence
No Rape Case Goes Unanalyzed: A Rapid Approach to Sexual Assault Evidence
The Synthetic Drug Craze: What Chiefs Need to Know
Officer Safety Corner: Compassion in Law Enforcement
Research in Brief: Eyewitness Identifications: A National Survey on Procedures
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