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I remember working for a city-based forensic science laboratory as a firearm and toolmark examiner and having evidence submissions that would include not one, not two, not three, but upwards of 10 to 15 bullets and bullet fragments from a shooting scene.
By Ron Nichols They say that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. Whether it’s exercising more, or better time management, or saving money, or losing weight, there’s something that causes things to derail. Get sick for two weeks and all the momentum for the gym fizzles out. Weight loss would have gone better
by Ron Nichols The comparison microscope is a key tool for firearm and toolmark examination. Since the late 1920s the comparison microscope has allowed examiners to thoroughly analyze forensic specimens side-by-side. The growth in gun-related crime in the US increased the demand for comparison microscopes in forensic labs and has been the catalyst for continued
You can't find a match if lab-fired cartridge cases are classified as “Elliptical (Glock)” while crime-scene recovered cartridge case are labelled as “Circle”. Learn about “Glock” and when it should be selected as the Firing Pin Shape.
BULLETTRAX is now equipped with (1) High-definition 2D image and 3D topography: wider field-of-view and more surface information. (2) Easier to operate: quick bullet-mounting, and intuitive controls. (3) Smaller footprint: frees up space in the forensics lab.
When planning the integration of IBIS® into your policing of a city, state/province and/or country, the list of possible approaches can seem endless.
Whereas examination tools provide examiners with data to form conclusions, a screening tool such as IBIS compares data from many exhibits providing investigators with timely investigative information,
Some “independently” funded law enforcement information management systems are unable to freely communicate with other information management systems. Information is contained in silos: information may flow freely within the silo but is unavailable to those outside the silo who may have the case-breaking piece of evidence. So independence isn't always the best policy. Independence and inter-dependence are not mutually-exclusive concepts.
Rodel Batocambe and his police security detail were assassinated on Dec 22, 2018. IBIS matched cartridge cases and bullets recovered from the crime scene to a gun registered in the IBIS civilian non-crime database. All legal firearms—and their ballistic fingerprints—in the Republic of the Philippines are registered in IBIS databases. Ballistic images from crime-scenes are routinely checked for matches in the civilian non-crime database. In this case, a match was found allowing police to identify a suspect.
Hiring the right people for IBIS: sometimes, finding the best person means going against your best instincts
Author: Ron Nichols
Given the recent advances in Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS®) hardware and software, one thing is abundantly clear—it is very technician friendly. From acquisition through correlation results review, technicians can perform IBIS tasks quickly and reliably.
Author: Andrew Boyle
When you’re performing reviews and comparing firing pin images, you’ll want to be especially careful when you see a straight, scar-like line going through the middle of the firing pin impression, as shown in the following images. This means that the firing pin is a cast firing pin.
Author: Andrew Boyle
The term “Ghost Gun” is used to describe any firearm that does not have a serial number. The onset of 3D-printed firearms means that ghost guns with no external markings whatsoever will be a reality for IBIS users around the world when they’re trying to add a firearm exhibit into IBIS.
Author: Ron Nichols
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An interview with Forensics Services Chief Pam Hofsass
"There is no quick fix to the increased demand for testing and connectivity, however, if you work collaboratively and with an open mind, great things can happen."
~~ Chief Pam Hofsass