Important Dates in Firearms Identification

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1835: Henry Goddard was the first to successfully identify a murderer using a bullet removed from a victim’s body 1889: Grooves from a bullet were removed from a corpse and were successfully matched to a...

The History of Biometrics in Criminal Justice

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Anthropometry Created by Alphonse Bertillon who is considered the father criminal identification. Anthropometry was the first form of criminal identification consider reliable by his peers. It was adopted by most of Europe in 1884. Anthropometry is...

Miranda Warning: Due Process Revolution of 1961-1966

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The Supreme Court of the United States began hearing cases involving the rights of criminal suspects and defendants, which bought huge changes in the legal system. In 1965 Supreme Court agreed to hear the...

The Birth of Federal Investigative Agencies

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The United States Secret Service was born to thwart counterfeiting in 1865. Shortly afterwards in 1903, President McKinley was assassinated. The Secret Service was bestowed the responsibility of permanent presidential protection. In 1908, U.S. Attorney...

Stephen Girard

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Stephen Girard was a naturalized American who was born in Bordeaux, France in 1750. Girard traveled to the United States at the age of 10. Much later in life he founded Girard Bank, which...

The Metropolitan Police Act -1829

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The Metropolitan Police act of 1829 created the Metropolitan Police force, aka Scotland Yards. The police/constables were referred to as Bobbies. It established that uniformed constables were to prevent crimes and ununiformed detectives were...
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Henry Fielding

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Henry Fielding was chief magistrate of Bow Street Runners. His mission was to improve policing and policy practices within the Metropolitan Police district in London, England. He died at 47 and was succeeded by...

Forensic science

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Forensic science, aka criminology is a combination of multiple disciplines to help study physical evidence that has been linked to a crime. Such disciplines are anthropology, chemistry, biology, physics, pathology and toxicology to name...

Criminal Investigation

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Criminal investigation dates back to eighteenth century in England. The first detective force was named Bow Street Runners. The founder, Judge Henry Fielding organized a small group of men, only 6, to regulate a...