Remembering Normandy

Seventy years ago, on a beach in France, men from different areas of the globe engaged in deadly combat.  Today men and women from those same countries are gathering to remember that awful time and pay their respects to the soldiers and sailors who did not return from that mission.  As greed and insanity spread across the globe during those years, the United States called her men and women to join in the fight to prevent the evil from extending to our country.


World War II Memorial, Washington, DC

An American woman named Beth was a child on that day, waiting for her father to return home from the war.  He did not survive that terrible day, but he is yet remembered. Each year Beth sends flowers to his grave in France as a reminder that, though he died young, he was and always will be loved.

Though many of those who were at Normandy are no longer with us, their family members remain, and it is to each of them, combatant and family member, that we extend our gratitude.  They have been called the greatest generation, and their willingness to extend a forgiving hand to their former enemies, as seen today at ceremonies around the world, proves that this title is well deserved.

There is little doubt that another war will come our way at some point in time, though we wish it would not happen.  When it does, we pray that another great generation will stand, look to the brave example set at Normandy, and protect freedom and right.  Yes, we do believe the old saying “Freedom is not free” and we thank those who paid our price.

View a video showing at the Visitors Center at Normandy here.

We recommend visiting the American Battle Monuments Commission website for photos, videos, and remembrances.  According to their site, the ABMC was established by the United States Congress in 1923 and is an agency of the executive branch of the federal government.  [It is the] guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials [and] honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces.

Normandy American Cemetery, courtesy




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TTF Announces Management Changes

Tri-Tech Forensics, Inc. Announces Management Changes;
Robert Dameron Named New Director of Sales

We are happy to announce that Mr. Robert “Bobby” Dameron has been promoted to Director of Sales.  In addition to his current responsibilities for managing the crime scene supply division, Mr. Dameron will now oversee the specimen collection division.  Mr. Eric Barton, Vice President, will now lead TTF’s purchasing and logistics efforts.

“Mr. Dameron brings a wealth of experience to this position and will be a great asset,” said Mr. James Seidel, TTF’s Chief Executive Officer.  “Moreover, we see tremendous opportunities to leverage our strengths in both the crime scene supply and specimen collection divisions.”  Mr. Seidel added, “I believe that this structure will allow TTF to better focus its customer sales efforts.”

Mr. Dameron joined TTF over ten years ago and has held various sales positions within the organization. “I am excited and grateful to take on this new opportunity, and I look forward to bringing new products to market in our specimen collection business.”

Regarding Mr. Barton’s new responsibilities, Mr. Seidel noted, “With over 20 years of experience in a variety of roles within TTF, Mr. Barton is a valuable company resource.  To be competitive in this worldwide market, we need to concentrate on reducing our material and logistic costs.  Mr. Barton will oversee and coordinate our efforts in these areas.”

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Some Gave All

On this Memorial Day,
we honor and will always remember
those men and women in the military
who gave their lives that we might be free.

Let us be mindful that their ultimate sacrifice
should never be in vain.

While there are many tributes online,
we recommend the following short video.

Memorial Day 2014



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Employment in the field of Fingerprint Identification

Over the last twenty years, I have been asked many times to
give advice to individuals who Phil Sanfilippohave recently completed their educations in Criminal Justice or Forensic Science and those who are seeking to change their field of employment regarding employment opportunities in the various fields of forensics.  Many have asked me, “How can I get a job as a Certified Latent Print Examiner?”
The title of Certified Latent Print Examiner (CLPE) is one used by the International Association for Identification (IAI), the certifying body for Latent Print Examiners.  The certification is awarded to those individuals who are working in the field of Latent Print Examination and have attained educational, training, and experience levels prescribed by the IAI Latent Print Certification Board.  These requirements can be found at this link:

So, as you can see, in order to become a CLPE, one must first become a Latent Print Examiner.  Most agencies hiring Latent Print Examiners choose their candidates from those with experience working in the field of fingerprint identification such as Ten-Print Examiners.  Tri-Tech Forensics Training offers training in latent print examination to those who have experience working in the field of fingerprint identification or have completed a course of instruction in basic fingerprint identification.  For additional information on this training, please contact me at

Many agencies require or prefer their candidates to be trained in Basic Fingerprint Classification and Comparison prior to hiring in an entry-level position.  This type of training provides basic level knowledge that enables the student to identify known fingerprints and to compare them to each other to determine identity.  The training also permits the student to classify fingerprints for entry to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).  This course of training, Basic Fingerprint Classification and Comparison Workshop, is currently open for enrollment and is scheduled for the week of June 16-20, 2014, at the Davie Police Department in Davie, Florida.  Information on this course can be viewed at this link:

For those Latent Print Examiners seeking certification from the IAI, we also have training for you!  We are finalizing plans to offer a course entitled, “Preparing  for  the  IAI  Latent  Print Examiner  Certification  Test.”  Some certification preparation courses are five days in length.  Our course is an accelerated course that is three days in length.  You can expect to receive the same level of training with less time away from the bench.  We find that this is important to many of our students whose agencies do not pay for this type of training.  This new course will be offered late summer to early autumn 2014.  Please email me to join the wait list for this course or to obtain additional information.

Entry-level employment in the field of fingerprint identification can lead to a rewarding career as a Ten-Print or Latent Print Examiner.  Certified Latent Print Examiners are always in demand, and as such, salaries for CLPEs can be very attractive.

Tri-Tech Forensics Training can get you started on your way to such a career!

Phil Sanfilippo, Training Director
Tri-Tech Forensics

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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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