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. […]Read More Identifying latent fingerprints; a basic look at how police match fingerprints from a crime scene.
We all know of the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Now with modern digital photography, it could easily read “A picture is worth a thousand lies.” What happens in the law enforcement world when a person can spend a couple of hundred dollars to buy a computer program allowing them to manipulate […]Read More The use of Photoshop to commit fraud
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 […]Read More Jail inspections resume during the Coronavirus pandemic
I have been a peace officer way more than half my life, and I have always strived to do what was right and just. I have seen my fellow officers do the same, day in and day out. I have seen literally hundreds of cases that didn’t go anywhere because, even though you are sure […]Read More When the ones trusted to follow the law, forget the rules. The US DOJ and Michael Flynn
A Fire Marshal friend of mine recently responded to a suspicious fire to find a man had burned his truck because it had tree leaves all over it, and he was fed up with looking at them. During the interview with the man, it was learned that he didn’t have insurance on the vehicle, there […]Read More Satan in a cedar tree, and burning your truck to get rid of leaves
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 […]Read More Bullet control in California
Longview, Texas Police were called to the 3300 block of S. Eastman Rd on April 30, for an unspecified disturbance, and upon arrival, they were led to an infant that was unresponsive. The infant showed signs of life at the scene, and was rushed to a hospital by ambulance, where she later died. An investigation […]Read More Texas mother kills her infant child
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, […]Read More Gun Review: Sig Sauer 365
The man who murdered four men in 2017, three of which because they were white, was found guilty last week in Fresno California. Kori Muhammad, 42, murdered Carl Williams, Zack Randalls, Mark Gassett, and David Jackson after which he made statements to officers that he intentionally wanted to kill three of the men because they […]Read More Mass murderer wanted to kill “as many white males as possible.”
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 […]Read More Avoiding Coronavirus Scams
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 […]Read More The shotgun in police service
“Baby Face” Nelson was born Lester M. Gillis on December 6, 1908, in Chicago, Illinois. He roamed the Chicago streets with a gang of juvenile hoodlums during his early teens, and by the time he turned 14, he was an accomplished car thief. Nelson was dubbed “Baby Face” by his fellow gang members because of […]Read More Baby Face Nelson; the chase for a callous killer
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 […]Read More Baton Rouge police officer reportedly shot multiple times, at close range
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 […]Read More Kavanaugh, Biden, and Bias
On Wednesday, March 26, 2020, Crittenden County Arkansas Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm at a home located in Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas. Upon arrival, deputies found the back door of the home open. Deputies began to investigate, at which time they observed a male jump out of a second story window of the home, and […]Read More Woman murdered by the same man who murdered her mother 23 years ago
Police in Lincoln Park, New Jersey worked a one car crash a couple of days ago, on April 23rd, where some believe the driver passed out while driving, and crashed, because they had too little oxygen and too much carbon dioxide – due to “over wearing” an N95 mask. What a novel twist on driving […]Read More Car crash possibly to do with driver’s over use of N95 mask ?
Jack the Ripper has been the topic of news stories for more than 120 years, and since he has never been identified, the great curiosity of who he was, and why he murdered continues. Coupled with the mystery of who he was and sheer heinousness of the murders, Jack the Ripper remains one of the […]Read More Serial Murder Cases – Jack the Ripper
When you are in government supervision, what you pay isn’t negotiable, and cash bonuses for good work isn’t allowed. City Councils, County Commissioners, State Legislatures are setting your salary and benefits, and usually money isn’t flowing towards the employees. You can’t pay extra cash, so what can a boss do in this environment to keep […]Read More Keeping employee morale up in a government job
Alcatraz—aka “The Rock” is an island compound that has served as a fort, a military prison, and a maximum security federal penitentiary. “The Rock” sits in the middle of San Francisco Bay, and as a prison, it originally held Civil War prisoners. In 1934, Alcatraz was re-fortified into the world’s most secure prison of its […]Read More Escaping from Prison; Alcatraz Federal Prison
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 […]Read More “Scarface “ Al Capone; a look at a one of the most notorious gangsters of all time
My agency worked a double murder last week, and I got involved in a discussion about Gun Shot Residue tests, or GSR tests, which made me realize that many officers have not the slightest clue about how one is done, or what it really involves, they just know “it would tell you if you shot […]Read More Gunshot Residue Collection and Forensic Examination
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 […]Read More “The Essential Worker – we owe you all a great debt of gratitude in these Coronavirus times
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 […]Read More Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing – 25th anniversary of the bombing.
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 […]Read More Coronavirus and Law Enforcement
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 […]Read More Blood Spatter Interpretation, and how it is used in police investigations.