2008: A Photo Review

I’d like to take this time to thank to all the police and forensics experts who make this site possible. Without their time, effort, and dedication there would be no Graveyard Shift, and the world would be a very scary place to live. You guys are the best.


* More tomorrow. For now…

“Happy New Year, everyone. Please don’t drink and drive!”

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Don’t forget To enter the new 200 word contest. The winner will receive a three DVD set of the entire first series of Crime 360! Details here.

(DVDs courtesy of A&E Television)

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Evidence Collection and Preservation

Paper evidence bags are best used for containing “wet” evidence, such as bed linens, pillows, rugs, and other items saturated with body fluids. Plastic bags act as mini incubators which allows bacteria to grow, and the presence of bacteria can alter or destroy DNA.

Large bags, such as the ones pictured above are perfect for bulky items.

Evidence bags are available in assorted sizes. They’re also available with pre-printed evidence labels for documenting the type of evidence inside, name of suspect and victim, date and time confiscated, confiscating officer, and chain of custody.

Plastic bags are ideal for preserving narcotics evidence, currency, jewelry, and other hard evidence. Many plastic evidence bags come with self-adhesive strips that are impossible to open without destroying the seal.

Plastic bags are also utilized in police booking areas, jails, and prisons to contain inmate personal property.

Manilla evidence envelopes are available with or without viewing windows.

Tyvek envelopes are water and tear resistant.

Check bags are sized perfectly to accept bank checks.

Ballistics bags are used for shell casings, bullets, and other ballistics evidence. The white strip is used for labeling.

Weapons boxes are used to preserve knives and guns.

Lined metal cans are used for collecting arson scene evidence.

Syringe tubes.

Adjustable evidence tubes expand to fit desired size.

* Thanks to Evident Crime Scene Products.

Evidence drying cabinets/lockers

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Don’t forget To enter the new 200 word contest. The winner will receive a DVD of the entire first series of Crime 360! Details here.

(DVDs courtesy of A&E Television)

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Weekend Road Trip: Christmas Day at Plum Island

Plum Island, Ma. is an hour’s drive north of Boston and it’s one of our favorite places to kayak. As you can see from the photos, both the Merrimac and Parker River were covered with ice.

Merrimac River

Frozen Merrimac River

Geese sitting on the icy Merrimac

Boardwalk to the Atlantic Ocean

Bird watchers at the beach

Dunes at Plum Island

Salt marshes along the Parker River. We kayaked this just a few months ago.

Frozen salt marshes

Light house at Plum Island.

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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Deputy Jeremy Keith Carter, 22

Evangeline Louisiana Parrish Sheriffs Department

On December 19, 2008, Deputy Carter collapsed and died during a foot pursuit of a fleeing suspect. He is survived by his one-year-old daughter.

Deputy William Chadwell. 70

Pickaway County Ohio Sheriffs Office

Deputy Chadwell was attempting to clear a tree from the roadway on December 24, 2008,  when the tree was struck by a car forcing it into the deputy. Deputy Chadwell was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

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Thanks to ODMP

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