Identifying latent fingerprints; a basic look at how police match fingerprints from a crime scene.

Identifying fingerprints is done almost at the touch of a button – at least that’s how it seems from watching TV. In real life, fingerprint comparisons can be a complex process, and quite difficult at times. The ability to accurately identify recovered fingerprints is critical in law enforcement, as a matter of fact, it’s invaluable. […]

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Jail inspections resume during the Coronavirus pandemic

Inspections resume during the Coronavirus pandemic by Jeff Callaway The Texas Commission on Jail standards,TCJS, are inspecting Texas jails again, after having worked a modified work schedule that began at the onset of the COVID19 pandemic.  Governor Greg Abbott started phase one of the re-opening of the State, and of government operations Friday, and the Commission […]

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Bullet control in California

Comedian Chris Rock once joked “we don’t need gun control, we need bullet control” While probably not done to satisfy Mr Rock’s assertion, in 2016, the State of California put a proposition on the ballot regulating bullet sales. Proposition 63 was put on the ballot as an anti gun violence measure, and it passed on […]

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Gun Review: Sig Sauer 365

The Sig P365, 9mm sub-compact, takes a frame and slide that are either the same size or SMALLER than that of the Glock 43 (a single-stack gun) and adds 4 rounds to it. And it does it in a way that is more comfortable to hold and has a better trigger. Add the extended magazine, […]

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Avoiding Coronavirus Scams

Scammers are out to make a profit by exploiting health issues, and by taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. They’re making phone calls, and setting up websites to sell bogus products. They set up fake sites that look official, then send emails, offering you tests, masks, cures, you name it. The emails and social […]

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The shotgun in police service

As a police recruit in 1988, the sound of racking a round into shotgun in training had our class of 44 students all paying attention. We practiced with it, loaded and unloaded it until you could do it flawlessly. We did building clearing sceneries, felony stop scenarios, and answered simulated calls, and a Remington 870 […]

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Baton Rouge police officer reportedly shot multiple times, at close range

An investigation into a murder resulted in two unidentified Baton Rouge officers being shot by the suspect they intended to interview. One officer is in critical condition, while one died at the scene. The officer who was killed was shot multiple times, at close range, and possibly even by contact. The hospitalized officer remains in […]

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Kavanaugh, Biden, and Bias

My intention in this post isn’t intended to show bias for one person over the other, but the content will certainly show a heavy bias in the reporting and the reaction from our US political leaders between two very similar allegations of past sexual assaults. A while back, in 2018, I was in Galveston, TX […]

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“Scarface “ Al Capone; a look at a one of the most notorious gangsters of all time

Alphonse “Scarface” Capone was the fourth of nine children of an immigrant family, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1899. He would grow up to be one of, if not the the most, recognized gangsters in American history. Al attended Catholic schools while growing up in New York, until he was expelled in the sixth […]

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“The Essential Worker – we owe you all a great debt of gratitude in these Coronavirus times

I’m lying awake at 4:30 in the morning, getting ready for another fun-filled day in the COVID crisis, and I feel an overwhelming need to thank a great portion of this great Country for doing their part to keep us moving. Here’s a post to thank everyone out there in these crazy times who go […]

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Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing – 25th anniversary of the bombing.

Timothy McVeigh selected April 19 1995, exactly two years after agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) raided the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas to set off a massive truck bomb outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The huge blast collapsed the entire north front […]

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Coronavirus and Law Enforcement

Guidelines from the CDC Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The outbreak first started in China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other areas, including the United States. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness. • Data suggests that […]

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Blood Spatter Interpretation, and how it is used in police investigations.

Modern American blood-spatter analysis didn’t originate in a crime laboratory, It started decades before the masterful Dexter, of TV fame, in Corning, New York, in Herbert MacDonell’s basement. MacDonell was a chemist, but he always forensics, and came up with the concept of magnet fingerprint powder, and invented the magnet fingerprint brush. His love for […]

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