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First-ever UK IALEIA award
The results of the inaugural International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) awards have been announced, with the first-ever UK award being secured.
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Decision making ‘sound’ in discontinued court cases
CPS inspectors have found that there is a reasonable standard of decision-making in discontinued court cases in a recent report.
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Mapping organised crime
In recent years there has been a growing public and political awareness of the impact of organised crime across the UK: that is, a wide variety of crime which is coordinated often for vast profit by gangs who operate across borders and sometimes internationally. The economic and social costs of serious organised crime were estimated in the Home Office’s One Step Ahead: A 21st century strategy to defeat organised crime in 2004 at between £20-40 billion per year and may already be much higher. This level of threat – which is predicted to grow in the context of increasing globalisation and developing technology – poses the question of how police organisations can best investigate and address the problem.
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Forensic identifications
The first fingerprint evidence involving a scene of crime mark in England was heard at the Central Criminal Court on September 13, 1902. Harry Jackson pleaded not guilty to a charge of burglary at a house in Denmark Hill, South London and stealing billiard balls on June 27, 1902. Detective Sergeant Collins examined the scene and an imprint of Jackson’s left thumb was found in dirt on a newly-painted window sill.
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Marijuana mapping
Scientists at the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) can tell whether marijuana confiscated in a traffic stop in Fairbanks likely came from Mexico or the Matanuska Valley. Furthermore, the team of scientists carrying out the project believe than in only a few more years, once more samples have been studied, they will have something even more precise: an elemental fingerprint that could tell police where and under what conditions a sample of marijuana was grown.
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Dangerous relations
An April 25, 1993, a lone 36 year-old female had been walking along a path by the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal when she was attacked by a man in a balaclava mask and subjected to rape and serious assault. DNA was obtained from the victim following the attack in the hope of tacking down the offender, but despite a thorough investigation by officers, the case remained unsolved.
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Operation Starlight
The fact that an ex-Army major, a chair of school governors, a former youth worker and an account manager could be mixed-up in a sinister paedophile ring sets out to challenge common perceptions about the nature of child abuse as a crime. Five members of so called ‘respectable professions’ have recently received lengthy jail sentences following one of Kent Police’s biggest investigations into child abuse codenamed Operation Starlight.
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Post mortem interpretation
Crimes where the victim has met with a violent or mysterious death are notoriously hard to solve because of the issue of identification. Often, bodies have facial tissue damage and so are difficult to identify without the aid of forensic experts. Forensic artist Janet Richardson has worked with investigators in many forces utilising the method of post mortem interpretation.
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The art of fraud
To the outside world, pensioners George and Olive Greenhalgh were like any other elderly couple enjoying their retirement in their family home in Bolton. Behind closed doors, the pair, along with their son Shaun, were running one of the most astonishing art and antique fraud businesses – believed to have netted them nearly a million pounds. Officers from the Met’s Art and Antiques Unit uncovered evidence to suggest the family had been involved in conning museums the length and breadth of the North, as well as the British Museum, out of public money for at least 17 years.
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New system IDs victims of mass disasters in minutes
A new, hi-tech identification system developed in Japan will improve accuracy and significantly reduce the time it takes to identify victims of mass disasters.
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