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NCJ Number: NCJ 181654     Find in a Library
Title: Research: Applying It on the Front Lines
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Lois Pilant
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 02/2000
Page Count: 7
  Annotation: This report describes some of the technology initiatives in which the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has been involved.
Abstract: The forensic science of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) testing is an outgrowth of its medical application, where it is used to analyze disease-causing genes, study inheritance patterns and detect alterations. The NIJ, the FBI, and other agencies have worked with the National Academy of Sciences to establish the validity of DNA typing and DNA profiling as a legitimate tool for use in criminal and civil cases. The NIJ is funding projects at several university medical and science centers that are investigating new, quicker, cheaper, and more efficient ways of typing DNA and comparing profiles from separate evidence sources to compute match probabilities. The NIJ is also funding research into methods to extract DNA from the blood of skeletal remains. The NIJ is involved in (specifically for forensics) research and development activities including fingerprinting, developing latent fingerprints, photographic enhancement and other techniques to improve evidence records, detecting carbon monoxide and cyanide, document identification, developing gunshot residue maps and patterns, and computer programs and forensics software. The NIJ is cooperating with other civilian and military organizations in the search for alternatives to deadly force, known as less-than-lethal (LTL) tools. Foam restraining systems, pulsed light devices, and chemical incapacitants are a few of the possibilities under investigation to help NIJ meet the needs of the criminal justice profession.
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Police weapons ; Less Lethal/ Nonlethal Weapons ; Science and Technology ; Riot control equipment ; Criminalistics ; Psychological stress evaluator ; Forensics/Forensic Sciences ; Police policies and procedures ; NIJ final report
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 92-IJ-CX-0003
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Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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