Daily Archives: May 31, 2018

Share your expertise, present your work at ISHI 29!

Time is running out to share your work at ISHI. Oral and Interesting Case abstracts are due by June 17. Poster abstracts are due July 15. Oral abstracts will be reviewed by an independent committee and selected based on community interest. All abstracts will be published in the on-line Proceedings after the conference.

Attend ISHI in Phoenix to
• Network with other forensic scientists
• Learn about the latest technologies and trends in DNA analysis
• Participate in focused topic workshops
• Meet leaders in the field
Early bird rates on the symposium and workshops expire on August 1. Register now to save $100 off the standard symposium rate.

France puts British security at risk by blocking UK’s bid to remain part of EU criminal security system that shares DNA, vehicle and fingerprint data

France is obstructing Britain’s bid to remain in an EU security network that helps members catch foreign criminals.
The UK government wants continued access to a shared database that helped French and Belgian authorities identify the terrorists responsible for the Paris attacks in November 2015.
Ministers have said Britain’s ability to access and share vital DNA, fingerprint and vehicle data under the so-called Prum convention is ‘clearly in the national interest’.
But France led the resistance against Britain’s efforts to join a ‘Prum 2’ at a recent meeting to discuss security after Brexit.

3,500 rape kits are overdue for analysis in Alaska

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — A backlog of nearly 3,500 completed sexual assault evidence kits could be resolved in two years with $2.75 million added to the state’s capital budget by the Alaska Legislature before it adjourned earlier this month.
The evidence in the test kits — tissue swabs, clothing, hair, skin, blood — were gathered by investigators around Alaska according to state Department of Public Safety officials. But the kits remained in the custody of troopers and local departments — 53 percent are held by Anchorage police. The non-analyzed kits came off the state’s priority list because they weren’t needed to prosecute criminals, or there wasn’t the money budgeted to run the tests.