Just Off The Shelf Forensics

Just Off The Shelf Forensics

Original Release Date: December 25, 2020

In the eighth and final episode of the 2020 Case Studies season, Just Science sat down with Tim Schade and Brian Cochran to discuss off-the-shelf crime scene processing products. 

Budgetary concerns often plague smaller forensic labs and law enforcement agencies. Scene investigators might realize that some of those expensive forensic tools might not be viable or worthwhile. Savvy shoppers like Tim Schade and Brian Cochran combine ingenuity with experience to find budget-friendly solutions to crime scene processing problems. Listen along as they discuss their methods, repurposing existing materials, and hunting for over-the-counter solutions in this episode of Just Science. 

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Guest Biography

Brian Cochran is currently a Detective with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department with the responsibility of crime scene investigation and evidence processing. He is an eighteen-year veteran of the department. Prior to being assigned to the crime scene unit he worked with a multi-jurisdictional drug task force, was a case detective, and was responsible for covert electronic surveillance. In the crime scene unit, he has testified numerous times on bloodstain evidence, latent print processing, scene processing, and shooting scene analysis. Brian is a member of the International Association of Identification a certified instructor for the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Kentucky.

Tim Schade has been a training consultant with UT’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center since 2017. Prior to LEIC, Tim had a lengthy career in law enforcement and has over 28 years of crime scene and forensic experience with the Knoxville Police Department. He is a Certified Latent Print Examiner through the IAI and has testified in numerous courts at various levels. He also has experience with the Search and Rescue Team. Tim has performed training for the Knoxville Police Academy and the Citizens Police Academy. He has taught classes focusing on DNA; Forensic Applications to Bio-Terrorism, in Correctional settings, and for Domestic Violence and Campus Sexual Assaults. He teaches Crime Scene Management and Operations, Forensic Photography, Latent Print Identification, and Latent Print Development.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast episode are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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