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On Veterans Day

To all of the men and women who have honorably served the United States of America in our Armed Forces, we would like to say thank you.  We also thank your families for their many sacrifices.

On VA.gov, the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, you can read the history of Veterans Day.  From that page comes this paragraph:

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

To US Veterans, we extend our deepest gratitude for your service.

 

 

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Prepping for Success

The inaugural offering of the Preparing for the IAI Latent Print Examiner Certification Test course was a huge success!  Instructed by Kathleen Farrell and Mack Brazelle, the course guided examiners through the certification requirements, application process, and preparing for each of the four parts of the examination (pattern interpretation, written exam, latent comparisons, and case for review).  A practice test was also part of the curriculum.

Student feedback was positive.  Said one participant, “Both Kathleen and Mack were great instructors that were very personable.  They knew the topics well and provided an environment that allowed students to learn and feel comfortable.”

“Both are fantastic, made you feel comfortable participating in class, and kept my attention by making it both informative and fun,” commented another examiner.

And yet more praise for the course, “Was without a doubt one of the best courses I have ever taken.  Interaction with students was great. Would highly recommend classes from Tri-Tech.”

Additional sessions of this course are in the planning stage.  Please contact Phil Sanfilippo, our Training Director, for additional information on bringing one of our courses to your area.

CLPE-Test-Prep-Class-2014The inaugural class of TFT’s Preparing for the IAI Latent Print Examiner Certification Test course.  We wish much success to each as they move forward with the CLPE test!

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Supreme Court Issues Cell Phone Ruling

Ruling prohibits officers from searching
an arrestee’s cell phone without a warrant

July 1, 2014 – In a decisive Supreme Court ruling with a vote of 9-0, the highest court in the United States has made the jobs of law enforcement agencies, peace officers, and criminal investigators much more difficult to perform. No longer can there be a simple search of a suspect’s cell phone for real time case intelligence or evidence to help solve a crime, stop an event in progress, or to prevent an act of violence or terrorism before it occurs.  Instead, the court ruled that a warrant is necessary before a person’s cell phone can be searched.

That’s where TRITECH Digital FORENSICS comes in to assist in solving the needs of all law enforcement agencies, local, state, and federal.  “About 2 years ago, we created our own line of one-time use, disposable faraday bags as well as our own line of Digi-Guard reusable faraday pouches.  We also sell the EDEC brand of Black Hole faraday pouches,” says Troy Vasos, TTDF’s Division Vice President.  “Our disposable faraday bags were the only passing brand (in testing by the Social Security Administration) and are currently in use by all of the Special Agents within the Social Security Administration – Office of the Inspector General’s Forensic Intelligence and Analysis Division.”

Administration test data provided to TTDF stated the following findings:

SC Admin Test Results TableWe are extremely proud to combine our Digi-Guard line of faraday bags/pouches with our sales of the industry-leading cell phone extraction device, the Cellebrite UFED products.

Please email us at sales@tritechusa.com to ask for information or a quote on any of these products.  We have disposable faraday bags on hand and can ship to your agency the same day.  Don’t get caught without this essential item on hand!

Please find out more about our faraday signal blocking bags and pouches at tritechforensics.com  and tritechdigitalforensics.com

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A War By Any Other Name

It has been called the Korean Conflict, a civil war, a police action, and a proxy conflict, but a war by any other name is still a war.  Sixty-four years ago today, two days after North Korea invaded South Korea, the UN issued a complaint of aggression against North Korea and created a force to defend South Korea.  Twenty-one countries provided support to the UN in the defense of South Korea, but the USA provided 88% of the soldiers.

According to Defense.gov, 36,516 American service members died in Korea from the start of the war to the signing of the armistice.  There are still 7883 American service members unaccounted for (MIA/POW).  As with all wars, this one was more involved than just one country invading another, yet many gave their lives for this cause.  To those who died in the Korean War, we owe a debt of gratitude.  To those missing in action, we continue to search for them and on occasion, their remains are recovered and repatriated to the US.  To surviving service members and the families of those living and deceased, we offer our thanks for your sacrifice.  It must have taken an incredible amount of courage to leave your home and risk your lives in a foreign country.  You are our heroes.

Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC

Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC

 

 

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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.

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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.

RECOMMENDED:
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.

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Normandy American Cemetery, courtesy abmc.gov

 

 

 

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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:
http://theiai.org/certifications/latent_print/requirements.php

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 phil@tritechusa.com.

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: http://www.tritechforensics.com/training/tft-course-calendar/

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
phil@tritechusa.com

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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.

PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY AND POLICE WEEK, 2014
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

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.

BARACK OBAMA

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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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