Honoring Peace Officers

As we take time to honor the peace officers who serve our communities, Tri-Tech Forensics would like to publish Barack Obama’s proclamation regarding this special week.  We heartily agree with this statement and add our own “thank you” to this message.

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Each year, America sets aside a week to salute the men and women who do the difficult, dangerous, and often thankless work of safeguarding our communities. Our Nation’s peace officers embody the very idea of citizenship — that along with our rights come responsibilities, both to ourselves and to others. During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we celebrate those who protect and serve us every minute of every day, and we honor the courageous officers who devoted themselves so fully to others that in the process they laid down their lives.

As we mourn the fallen, let us also remember how they lived. With unflinching commitment, they defended our schools and businesses. They guarded prisons; patrolled borders; and kept us safe at home, on the road, and as we went about our lives. To their families, we owe an unpayable debt. And to the men and women who carry their mission forward, we owe our unyielding support.

Our Nation has an obligation to ensure that as police officers face untold risks in the line of duty, we are doing whatever we can to protect them. This means providing all necessary resources so they can get the job done, hiring new officers where they are needed most, and investing in training to prepare those on the front lines for potentially deadly situations. It also means making reforms to curb senseless epidemics of violence that threaten law enforcement officers and haunt the neighborhoods they serve.

Just as police officers never let down their guard, we must never let slide our gratitude. We should extend our thanks not only in times of tragedy, but for every tragedy averted — every accident avoided because a patrol officer took a drunk driver off the streets, every child made safer because a criminal was brought to justice, every life saved because police officers raced to the scene. In other words, we must show our gratitude every day.

By a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962, as amended (76 Stat. 676), and by Public Law 103-322, as amended (36 U.S.C. 136-137), the President has been authorized and requested to designate May 15 of each year as “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and the week in which it falls as “Police Week.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2014, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 11 through May 17, 2014, as Police Week. I call upon all Americans to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I also call on Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day. I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


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Legal Pot Sales Affect Neighboring States

Crime News Around the US – April 21, 2014

With the legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes in Colorado and Washington, neighboring states are finding an increase in law enforcement expenses as legally-purchased pot finds its way into their districts.  Officers are more likely to encounter weed during patrol stops, and the courts are finding a higher number of marijuana cases on the dockets.

Red highlights the two states where marijuana is legal for medical and recreational purposes.

Washington and Colorado (in red above) have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes.  Use in public is still illegal, however.

While law enforcement agencies are faced with additional workloads and are discussing actions needed to combat the increased flow of cannabis, it may take a federal law to help states who are losing money due to the new laws on the books.  Other states are considering legalizing cannabis, so the federal government may have to act sooner rather than later to prevent states from taking each other to court to attempt to retrieve some of the money they have spent on increasing marijuana law enforcement expenses.

At TTF, we carry several products that can be of aid to all states.  These include NIK, ODV, Witness, and MMC presumptive drug tests for marijuana and synthetic marijuana, kits for testing marijuana and other party drugs, urine test strips, and urine collection kits.

For information on the presumptive drug testing products, click here.

For information on urine collection supplies and kits, click here.


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Google Search Tool Aids Police

Crime News Around The US – April 7, 2014

Posted last week on Fox Orlando’s website ( was an article about the Orlando Police Department’s new crime fighting tool: an in-house google type search engine.  According to the report, Google and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office collaborated to develop a tool that would allow all the various crime reports to be searched for specific terms.   The investigators would then be notified of any related information, giving them time to focus on different types of investigation tasks, like interviewing suspects.  It is also hoped that agencies in the area will be able to share information.

To read the article, click here.

Don’t miss our new software that also saves time in investigations.   The Matcher is a powerful new tool based on the CSIpix® Comparator.  The Matcher can be used to perform an in-depth automated comparison between a latent fingerprint and a tenprint card or between a latent and a known palmprint.  The Matcher assists examiners with the comparison of a latent print to a known print by highlighting regions on the known tenprint or palm that match the features of the latent print.

Check out the Matcher here.

CSIpix® Matcher Software

CSIpix Matcher Software Screenshot

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Tri-Tech Forensics Announces New CEO

Bringing with him many years of experience in the forensics world, Jim Seidel has joined Tri-Tech Forensics, Inc (TTF) as its Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Seidel will have oversight of all company operations and drive the strategic direction and expansion of the business in the global forensics market.  For over thirty years, TTF has set the standard for customer service and customized solutions, meeting the needs of crime labs and crime scene investigators worldwide.  “We are very excited that Jim has joined our team,” said James Cesare, TTF’s Chairman.  “He shares our customer-centric approach to business, and he has shown himself to be an extraordinary leader throughout his career.  He has a proven track record in our industry, and we look forward to his impact in taking TTF to the next level.”

“I am profoundly honored to join TTF and very much look forward to working with the TTF team to further enrich our customers’ experience.” said Mr. Seidel.  “I have always admired the quality and innovation of TTF products and its stellar reputation with its customers, and I look forward to helping contribute to the company’s continued success and leadership.”

Mr. Seidel joins TTF with significant industry experience, such as spearheading ATK’s acquisitive growth strategy into tactical accessories as the Vice President of Accessories.  Prior to ATK, TTF’s new CEO was the Vice President of Forensics at Armor Holdings.

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Ritualistic Crimes and Terrorism

Ritualistic Crimes and Terrorism Related Courses

by Phil Sanfilippo, Director, TRITECHFORENSICS Training

(Updated 1/7/14: Read Dawn Perlmutter’s latest article -
Benghazi – The Signs of Al Qaeda.  Links updated below.)

Dr. Dawn Perlmutter

Dr. Dawn Perlmutter

You never know who you’ll meet at the International Association for Identification (IAI) Annual Educational Conference.  When I attended the IAI conference that was being held in my hometown of Miami in 2001, I met a young lady named Dawn Perlmutter.  At that time, Dr. Perlmutter was a professor in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  Her area of expertise was and continues to be religions, religious beliefs, and rituals.  Dr. Perlmutter was at the conference to present lectures on Ritualistic Crimes.  I quickly learned that I was not alone in my interest of this topic; she has consistently lectured to standing-room-only crowds at the conferences where she appears.

If you attended courses at the Miami-Dade Police Department in the past, you might recall that Dr. Perlmutter instructed the Ritualistic Crimes courses and led the students on the accompanying “Magical Mystery Tours,” where we toured Santeria, Palo Myombe, Voodoo botanicas, and Wicca and fetish shops.  Interesting material indeed!

Dr. Perlmutter continues her research into ritualistic
crimes and violent extremist Dawn Perlmutterreligious groups.  She has also established a clearinghouse for symbols used by these groups, and she continues to write books and articles that outline these groups’ beliefs, methods, and symbols.  Her most recent articles are useful to those interested in learning if these groups are engaged in activity in their localities.

In addition to her research and writings, Dr. Perlmutter continues to offer stand-alone courses of instruction on ritualistic crimes and terrorism.  I’m happy to announce that through a special agreement with Dr. Perlmutter, her lectures and courses are now available through

For more information about Dr. Dawn Perlmutter and her courses, please visit the TFT Instructors and TFT Courses pages of this site.

In addition, here are links to some of Dr. Perlmutter’s recent articles:

NEW ARTICLE!  Benghazi – The Signs of Al Qaeda, Front Page Magazine, January 2, 2014:

Jihadist Murder M.O., Front Page Magazine, December 6, 2013:

Jihadist Ritual Murder and Mutilation at the Mall, Front Page Magazine, October 1, 2013:

Prelude to the Boston Bombings, The Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2013,Volume XX, Number 4:

The articles linked below were written ten or more years ago but have not lost their relevance for those interested in the investigation of individuals who practice occult ideologies.

The Sacrificial Aesthetic: Blood Rituals from Art to Murder, Anthropoetics 5, Number 2, Fall 1999 / Winter 2000:

The Forensics of Sacrifice: A Symbolic Analysis of Ritualistic Crime, Anthropoetics 9, Number 2, Fall 2003 / Winter 2004:

This article was written in 1999 but again has not lost its relevance.  As a matter of fact, with the seemingly unending reports of violence at schools, one might say this article is timely.

Postmodern Iconoclasm: Violence in the Schoolyard, Colloquium On Violence & Religion 1999, Website:

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DNA Leads To Charge In Toddler Murder

In 1994, 2-year-old John Snyder, Jr. (pictured below), was murdered, his body found abandoned in a river.   His father stated at the time that he put his son to bed and found him missing the next morning.  Though his father was suspected of committing the crime, no charges were ever filed.


John Snyder, Jr.

In 2000, an investigator re-opened the case, hoping new technologies could pull samples of DNA from the child’s diaper and pajamas.  These new samples became the turning point in the case as, in 2012, Michael Jason Cisneros, 37, submitted DNA while serving time for OWI.  This DNA proved to be a match to the new samples from John Snyder, Jr’s, clothing, and, on July 15, 2013, 19 years after the boy’s murder, Cisneros was charged with murder.

Credit has been given to the detectives who worked the case in 1994.  One said he wished today’s technology had been available when they were working on the case.

The evidence collection in this case led to the possible conviction of a man who murdered a two-year-old.  Without the careful collection and preservation of John’s diaper and pajamas, Cisneros may have never been brought to justice.

Read more: Quad-City Times and Des Moines Register



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The New Catalog’s Here!

We are so excited about our new catalog!  Many of you have requested a printed catalog, and we are glad to be able to provide one, chock full of our great products, including over 450 new itemsCatalog-2013Browse the pages, learn about new methods and technologies, and investigate our exclusive products, like NuCAST Casting Material or Witness Presumptive Drug Testing Kits.  Request your copy here.

Can’t stand the wait?  Download our pdfs of each section here.

If you have any questions or need to talk to a customer service representative, give us a call @ 800-438-7884 (USA) or 910-457-6600 (Global).
We’d love to hear from you!

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CCBI Director Joins TTF Advisory Board

CCBI Director Sam J. Pennica Joins the TTF Advisory Board

We are proud to announce that Mr. Sam Pennica, Director of the City-County Bureau of Identification for the city of Raleigh and Wake County, North Carolina (“CCBI”) has joined the Advisory Board of TTF.  In addition to being the Director of the CCBI, Director Pennica is also currently the First Vice-President of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (“FBI LEEDA”).

“We are extremely honored to have Sam Pennica join our Advisory Board,” said Mr. James Cesare, TTF’s Chairman.  “Sam brings over 40 years of law enforcement experience to TTF.  He will be a valuable resource for us in support of TTF’s development and introduction of new products for the forensic industry.”

“I am honored to serve on the TTF Advisory Board,” said Sam Pennica.  “I consider this a great opportunity to work with other professionals in contributing to the advancement of forensic science.”

Prior to his 8 years with the CCBI, Director Pennica served in the Bureau of Investigation for the State of North Carolina for 28 years.  Director Pennica is also an executive board member of the North Carolina International Association for Identification (“NCIAI”) and a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (“ASCLD”).

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TTDF Launches New Digital Forensics Only Website!

TRITECH Digital FORENSICS is pleased to announce that we have launched our new digital forensics only website. “We are so thrilled with the excitement coming from within the TRITECH DF Division as well as the overwhelming support from all of our new customers in our first year developing (ideas), engineering (efficiency), manufacturing (quality) and integration services (installation/training)”, said Troy Vasos, Vice
President of the Digital Forensics Division. “We would like to thank the entire DF community again for a successful division launch in 2012.  We are looking forward to building our custom equipment and kits for the digital acquisition and extraction industry. With this kind of response, it has made all 20+ years of serving the Public Safety and Digital Forensics community well worth it!!”

DF-UKX KitFocusing on efficacy, accuracy, and scalability, TRITECH Digital FORENSICS’ Velocity DF line of products are built with the best and latest technology platforms and components and offer the cost-effective means to build a state-of-the-art digital forensics lab. We are proud to partner with some of the biggest names in the DF arena, including Cellebrite, ADF Solutions, AccessData, CRU Dataport, WiebeTech, Tableau, and Guidance Software. Our Velocity Digital Forensics product line includes all-in-one Mobile Triage Kits that allow for capture and viewing of the suspect data at the scene on both
cell phones and USB computer devices, Workstations for examiners/investigators to utilize during discovery, Storage Towers for both long-term storage and secure live access to all cases, and our much talked about DataCenter Lab Solution that allows an agency to perform all of the tasking data processing in the lab on servers.  Additionally, we design and install Interview Management Solutions, including best-in-breed audio/visual equipment, and have developed a unique Mobile Interview Kit created to encourage children to feel more calm and free to share during difficult interviews.

At TRITECH Digital FORENSICS, we are continuously researching the latest methods and technology to provide you with the most up-to-date digital forensics products available.  For more information on our DF products, click here to go to

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For those who protect us…

This week holds two days during which we are encouraged to thank and remember those who protect us: Peace Officers Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day.

TRITECHFORENSICS would like to say thank you to the men and women who don a uniform and stand up to those who would harm us.  It is your service and sacrifices that allow us to live in safety. We appreciate all of the many duties, from clerical to clergy to combat, that you perform.  You are our heroes.

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