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Law Enforcement Investigation Tools Expand Beyond DNA to Bacteria

For the past five years, forensic scientists have been taking advantage of their ability to collect Touch DNA, small samples of DNA from evidence that has been handled by suspects. However, new research has found that bacteria may be the next generation of forensic evidence used in police investigations. Learn more about key research studies focused on the benefits and feasibility of using bacterial fingerprints as evidence.

Case Analysis: The Teamwork Involved in Catching a Serial Burglar in Florida

By Nicole Cain M.S., full-time faculty member at American Military University

Conducting a criminal investigation is a team effort—no crime is solved by just one person. Such investigations involve many people including crime scene technicians, crime analysts, patrol officers, confidential informants, citizens and others. Detectives must also utilize multiple resources and tools to help them solve a crime.