Breaking NEWz you can UzE...
compiled by Jon Stimac
Suspect Obliterated His Own Fingerprints with Acid –
PORTSMOUTH HERALD NEWS, NH
- April 10, 2005 ...a man
charged with drug trafficking burned his fingertips with acid to
hide his identity...
Police to Hire Civilians for Fingerprint Analysis
– NASHUA TELEGRAPH,
NH - April 10, 2005
...Boston police are planning to hire civilian
fingerprint analysts as part of an overhaul of their troubled
Old Crimes Have New Suspects Thanks to Technology –
KTEN-TV, TX - April 7, 2005
...police department’s new technology is helping to solve cases from
Couple Convicted of Second-Degree Murder –
DATELINE ALABAMA, AL - April 6, 2005
...fingerprints were found in paint
and on duct tape...
Last week, we looked at a press release from Los Alamos National
Laboratory regarding Micro-X-Ray Fluorescence (MXRF), a new latent print visualization technique that could hold
new promise for non-destructive latent print recovery.
This week Ed German relates a need in the Middle-East that you and your
laboratory can help with:
Webservant on Friday, April 08, 2005 - 07:59 am (onin
Your excess or old fingerprint supplies and equipment are
needed to help refurbish Iraqi crime labs. If you have spare or excess
magnifying glasses, powder, brushes, tape, lifters, fluorescent dyes, ninhydrin,
DFO powder, PD, alternate light sources (220 volt or 110 volt), fuming hoods or
other items you are replacing (or that are excess and taking up space in your
storage room), it is requested that you donate those supplies/equipment to the
If you have chemicals/supplies that are outdated and cannot be used due to ISO
or ASCLD/LAB accreditation restrictions (but are otherwise probably still good),
this is an excellent opportunity to support a good cause that needs even
less-than-best materials to get restarted. Items associated with everyday crime
laboratory office work are also needed, including office supplies such as
evidence tape, folders, envelopes, pens, staplers, and everything else you daily
Frequent readers of these postings may remember that a several years ago this
forum carried a request for supplies/equipment to help refurbish forensic
supplies in the Kosovo region (after police facilities were looted). This is a
similar request to help Iraqi crime laboratories.
The US Army is working with the international coalition supporting the
rebuilding of Iraqi Police Services (i.e., the Civilian Police Assistance
Training Team or CPATT). Please mail or ship your crime laboratory
supplies/equipment to the below address. Items will be consolidated and
palletized for rapid shipment to Iraq enabling coordinated distribution.
US Army REF Warehouse
ATTN: LTC Gigrich/LTC Stroup/Ed German/Bob Kocher
9925 Tracey Loop, Bldg 767
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
The US Army
Rapid Equipping Force (REF) is an organization that reports directly to the
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. The REF is currently working with the new Iraqi
Ministry of Interior to help rebuild Iraq's Forensic Laboratory system. The REF
works to rapidly increase mission capability while reducing risk to Soldiers and
others. By helping restore Iraqi crime detection abilities, your donations will
help reduce the risk to Iraqi Police, Iraqi citizens and all coalition force
personnel working to help rebuild Iraq.
Concurrent with the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime (and Hussein's release of
tens of thousands of criminals from prisons), the Iraqi national crime
laboratories were looted. Equipment, supplies and fixtures were stripped from
the laboratories, leaving little more than empty shells of buildings at most
Equipment and supplies are also sought for all other forensic laboratory
disciplines (Questioned Documents, Firearms and Toolmarks, Trace Evidence,
Serology/DNA, Drug Chemistry, etc.).
Here is a link to a 144-page US State Department report (PDF document) on
security and law enforcement in Iraq. The report includes information about some
For further information, please email
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