What is the purpose of a pre-accident plan?

LE Pre-Planning, Part 1: What is the Purpose of a Pre-accident Plan?

What is the purpose of a pre-accident plan? How can you prepare for the unthinkable?   These days, the term, “active shooter,” is far too commonplace. For first responders, the term “active shooter” can mean a potential threat to their survival. First responders better their chances of survival by continually exploring ways to prepare for …

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True and Accurate Police Photography, Part 4: Meter & Metering Modes

True & Accurate Police Photography, Part 4: Metering Modes

True & Accurate Police Photography, Part 4: Metering & Metering Modes Welcome back to our blog series on police photography. If you’re joining us for the first time, you can catch up by beginning with Part 1 of the series, here. Now, onto Part 4 – where we will discuss metering & metering modes Photography …

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Police Photography, Part 3: Camera Lenses

True & Accurate Police Photography, Part 3: Camera Lenses

True & Accurate Police Photography, Part 3: Camera Lenses In our first blog, we discussed camera modes and how to make the best choice as a forensic photographer. Then, in our most recent blog, we discussed the importance of making good photography choices – camera mode, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. An equally important, but …

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What technology has affected the criminal justice system. Officer on laptop

What technology has affected the criminal justice system?

  During this ‘age of tech,’ what technology has affected the criminal justice system?   Few aspects of life in the 21st century remain untouched by technology. Among the slowest to adapt, adopt, or innovate technology, is the criminal justice system. You’d think that would be the one we’d want to be the fastest. Instead, …

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Police Photography Camera Exposure Controls

True & Accurate Police Photography, Part 2: Camera Exposure Controls

TANSTAAFL (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) This time-honored mnemonic applies to many fields. In photography, it means that everything is a trade-off. This is especially true in forensic photography, where a “true and accurate representation” is the price of admission to the courtroom. Many photographers try for their “free lunch” by …

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Police Photography - Camera Modes

True and Accurate Police Photography, Part 1: Camera Modes

Forensic photography is not snapshot photography. It’s intentionally not artful. It isn’t intended to show things in their best light. Done properly, it shows things exactly as they are. In court, that’s called a “true and accurate representation” of the subject. Police Photography is an essential task for crime scene documentation, yet is rarely mastered. …

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What is the role the firefighter plays in an arson investigation?

The Role the Firefighter Plays at an Arson Investigation

  A firefighter plays many roles throughout his career. What is the role the firefighter plays at an arson investigation? Lou Giancursio reflects on some of his past arson cases and the many hats he wore at the Rochester Fire Department.   My dad, retired Firefighter Louis Giancursio, was first hired in the late 1970’s. …

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OSCR visits New Haven, Connecticut

Where’s OSCR? Our Visit to Connecticut, the ‘Still Revolutionary’ State

  Earlier in December, OSCR and I had a chance to travel to New Jersey and Connecticut. We had a blast exploring this ‘Still Revolutionary’ state (obviously they’re revolutionary if they’re interested in OSCR)! The OSCR team even got the opportunity to meet the famous Dr. Henry Lee, who worked as thif youe Forensic Scientist …

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How can you Recognize Law Enforcement Appreciation Day? From an Officer’s voice

Law enforcement. The thankless profession. Sure, there’s the occasional polite “Thank You” for services, and even the obligatory political citation for acts beyond the call of duty. But unless you’re a police officer, or member of a cop’s family, there’s no true understanding of what law enforcement goes through. Appreciation. Cops don’t expect it.  No …

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18+ Ways to Fund your OSCR360

18+ Ways to Fund your OSCR360

18+ Ways to Fund your OSCR360 OSCR360 has been traveling the country, assisting Officers with everything from crime scene documentation and active shooter pre-planning to arson investigations and hunting-related shootings and more. The OSCR360 capture kit and desktop software allows users to capture overalls of their scenes quickly, and then these 360-degree images act as …

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