A Validation and Evaluation of Magneto-Optical Imaging Technology

Report Date August 2015 Purpose This report shares findings of an operational, in-field evaluation to recover erased markings in actual firearms. Report Summary Serial Numbers are removed from firearms in an effort to prevent tracking. MO sensor technology is a non-destructive…

In-Brief: Organic GSR Analysis for Potential Shooter Determination

Report Date May 2015 Report Summary Through the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE), West Virginia University (WVU) evaluated emerging approaches for the detection of gunshot residue (GSR) based on organic materials in the residue. One…

Organizing and Transferring SANE/SAFE/SART Knowledge and Best Practices

Report Date November 2014 Participants Various researchers, Federal stakeholders, and practitioners from the SANE/SAFE/SART community. Report Summary At the request of the National Institute of Justice, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) leads a comprehensive federal effort to organize and…

A Landscape Study of Handheld and Portable Raman Spectrometers

Report Date September 2014 Report Summary This report provides a “landscape” view of the issues and products associated with field portable Raman spectrometers for the identification of powders, liquids, gels, or tablets. The document is intended to furnish law enforcement, first…

An Evaluation and Utility Assessment of Magneto-Optical Sensor Technology

Report Date March 2014 Report Summary The discovery of more effective methods to detect and restore erased markings in firearms is of great interest to firearm examiners, in particular the invention of new non‐destructive methods. Magneto optical (MO) sensor technology may…

A Landscape Study of Mobile ID Fingerprint Devices

Report Date January 2014 Report Summary This report provides a “landscape” view of the issues and products associated with mobile devices for fingerprint identification, with a focus on forensic applications. The document is intended to furnish laboratory managers and investigators with…