From DNA analysis methods to tools that identify human remains, NIJ’s forensic science research and development portfolio improves how evidence can be used to solve crimes. Through the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, NIJ transitions innovative solutions from concept to real-world use.

Read about the impact of these investments.

Organic gunshot residue (OGSR) analysis may improve the reliability of determining whether a suspect has discharged a firearm because the materials are less likely to be contaminated. A new In Brief from NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence discusses OGSR and the viability of emerging methods.

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Improve Police Response with Apps

Watch this playlist of the winning Ultra-High Speed App Challenge entries to learn how tailored information can improve law enforcement operational success in a variety of situations, including active shooter or disaster response.

Visit the UHS Challenge webpage.

Studying Victims' Service Programs

"Although randomized controlled trials are considered the gold standard of evaluations, there are practical and ethical considerations that may exclude their use."

An evaluation of an intervention to help high-risk victims of intimate partner violence took several steps to conduct a rigorous assessment without compromising the women’s safety.

Read the article here.