The fact that a mistake was made isn’t that important for the lab. What is important is the way a lab handles the problem. There should be documentation regarding what happened, who found out about the error, what steps were made to correct the error, what sample(s) were effected by the error, and what
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Anything you can do to both lower the costs of, and decrease the turn around time for forensic analysis is something all labs should look at doing.
DNA happens to be one field in forensics which lends itself easily to an automated process.
Robotic DNA testing at the state’s crime lab has hit its first year anniversary with
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Most people will never directly be the victim of a violent crime. Many more will be the victim of property crimes. Due to prioritization, and backlogs in government crime labs, police department should follow Ft. Lauderdale PD’s lead — send property crime evidence to private labs.
Quicker turn around will lead to quicker arrests, and less
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There is routinely resource shortages in police departments, civilian sections are routinely “put on the backburner” until things reach a crisis level and bad press requires things to get taken care of.
The resource shortage can sometimes cause different civilian bureaus to not “play well together”. Much like children who are jealous of siblings that appear to
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The lab says it’s just procedure and has nothing to do with the allegations filed by DNA Scientist Cecily Hamilton.
The Texas Rangers are now looking into any problems that could exist at the East Austin crime lab. Friday, Chief Acevedo said the élite DPS unit will help clear the air.
Texas Ranger Captain Freeman Martin is heading the
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