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Interviewers could benefit from age-appropriate techniques
A study to examine how children talk about the time-related features of their experiences – when, how often, in what order events occur – may have implications for understanding these aspects of cognitive development as well as for questioning child witnesses and victims.
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Rapid data recording and analysis can trap e-criminals
An IT forensic project has led to the development of a super-fast hardware-based forensic system able to copy and protect digital evidence in computer crime cases.
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Behaviour of drug-dependent offenders key to detection
Drug-dependent offenders commit a wider range of offences than those of not reliant on drugs and these offences are significantly more likely to be detected via DNA or fingerprints, an academic study reveals.
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Bridging the gap
Dealing with a victim of sexual assault has its challenges, with a number of areas of the criminal justice system converging to build his or her case. Knowing what each party is doing is vital, but how well are each others’ roles understood and what can be done to strengthen the chances of a successful prosecution?
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Cold case successes
DNA Low Copy Number (DNA LCN) was used to obtain a DNA profile from a microscope slide retained from an unsolved rape case from 1995. The unsolved case was selected for review in 2004 as part of Operation Advance. The profile was loaded to the NDNAD, and matched against the profile of Mark Henson, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2005, nearly 10 years after the crime was committed
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New technology tracks down builders of homemade bombs
Researchers in Australia have developed a portable device to help track down builders of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
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Child DNA may be retained in Scotland
Under a move announced by the Scottish Government, police in Scotland may be allowed to keep the DNA of children who commit violent or sexual crimes.
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Games help develop techniques to detect interview deception

Police and security services will benefit from new research aimed at improving the investigation of criminal and terrorist activity.


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Portable test developed to help detect arson
Researchers from the University of Ohio in America have reported the development of an inexpensive portable test for accurately identifying flammable liquids used in arson
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Samples can be frozen under new crime drive
Victims of sexual assaults will be able to have samples frozen so they can be used as evidence should they wish to press charges at a later date as part of Labour’s new ‘zero tolerance’ criminal justice drive.
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