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  • 3 Questions About Mobile Device Evidence

    If you’re experiencing delays in getting mobile evidence returned to you, it’s time to think about ways to make forensic exams easier on the examiners. Help them understand exactly what you need and why you need it.

    Article • March 4th, 2014

  • Investigating Teen Dating Violence? Don’t Ignore the Cell Phone

    February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

    Article • February 4th, 2014

  • Resolution: Increase Mobile Evidence Knowledge

    The good news: improving your understanding of the evidence, and how to get it, can improve the job you do now and into the future. Here are three reasons to learn the language of mobile device evidence, and three ways to learn it.

    Article • January 7th, 2014

  • To Tase, Or Not To Tase?

    LE spends approximately $2.5 billion annually on litigation.

    Article • December 2nd, 2013

  • "Old Fashioned" Police Work in the 21st Century

    The way "good old fashioned police work" is used in such stories feels nostalgic, as if these tactics should be all that was necessary to solve the crime.

    Article • August 6th, 2013

  • Securing Compromised Mobile Device Evidence

    Lost cell phones are commonplace. They’re small, lightweight and easy to misplace when they slip out of a jacket pocket or bag, get left on a messy restaurant table or seat back pocket, or even in a shopping cart. A mobile phone that has passed...

    Article • April 5th, 2013

  • What makes video HD?

    The term “high resolution” can be confused with true high definition video.

    Article • March 13th, 2013

  • How should I store my evidence?

    How an agency chooses to store their video is a critical part of this discussion, as it will always be intrinsically connected to how they record their video and the resulting file sizes.

    Article • March 13th, 2013

  • HD video 101

    Sgt. Charlie Walker, Winfield, TX PD, says, “I don’t work without my camera. It’s the second most important piece of equipment I take to work, after my sidearm.”

    Article • March 13th, 2013

  • Should I record everything in HD?

    The greatest factor to consider is the file size of High Definition video.

    Article • March 13th, 2013

  • Beware the Digital Fingerprints You Leave Behind, Pt. 2

    Online media breeds a peculiar form of digital attention deficit disorder in each of us – we click, type, post, and move on with little reflection on the possible long-term consequences of what we just did. And we mostly get away with it. Until we...

    Article • December 19th, 2012

  • Preparing For Challenges To Your Cell Phone Searches

    Every court and each different judge can have their own interpretation of what a "legal search" is where cell phones ar concerned. Be prepared to beat the challenges that will inevitably crop up in your cases.

    Article • December 4th, 2012

  • Beware the digital fingerprints you leave behind!

    “Digital dangers” abound, but no matter how they are transmitted, they really have nothing to do with the medium in which they are transmitted and everything to do with certain weaknesses almost all of us possess and must learn to control.

    Article • November 28th, 2012

  • The Next Generation of Emergency Communications

    Next generation communications, especially NG9-1-1 is a good thing. Evolving as public safety professionals will improve our ability to serve our public. But, what about the effect of this innovation on our public safety telecommunicators?

    Article • October 11th, 2012

  • Mobile Device Safety and Security Tips

    This month's column is the result of collaboration with a colleague and friend. Det. Cindy Murphy of the Madison (Wisconsin) Police Department came up with these 10 tips for a PSA she participated in producing. With her permission, I'm reprinting and...

    Article • October 10th, 2012

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