Daily Archives: August 2, 2019

New forensic pathology lab will be one of the biggest in the world, says Makhura

A new forensic pathology laboratory, which is currently being built in Johannesburg, will be one of the biggest facilities of its kind in the world, says Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
Makhura visited the construction site of the new Johannesburg forensic pathology laboratory in Auckland Park on Thursday.

Nine people charged with sexual assault following testing of rape kits

Nine people are facing criminal charges of sexual assault as the Wisconsin Department of Justice continues to work through a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits.

Seattle bill may grant access to hundreds of DNA samples in murder cases

A bill making its way through Seattle’s City Council would land DNA samples from hundreds of convicted misdemeanor offenders in a federal crime database.
The federal Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database compares DNA samples to crime scenes across the country in hopes of solving cold cases or future offenses.

Under the Microscope – Jodie Ward

The Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER) is the only human decomposition facility in the Southern Hemisphere. In April 2019, the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency DVI Committee (ADVIC) conducted a two-day national DVI exercise at AFTER involving 50 participants representing every police jurisdiction in Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Defence Force, specialist forensic disciplines and mortuary operations. The aim of the exercise was to test the ability of DVI practitioners from multiple jurisdictions to deploy to, and process, a DVI scene and undertake remote post-mortem activities in accordance with INTERPOL DVI Guidelines.