The field of firearms identification is undergoing a major change in technology and capability with the introduction of optical topography into forensic laboratory practice. Optical topography provides a three-dimensional (3D) view of the surface of a bullet or cartridge case at resolutions that capture the full range of subclass and individual characteristics. This webinar will serve to inform the forensic professional concerning the application of optical topography in the crime laboratory; compare available instruments; discuss barriers to broader adoption of optical, topography-based solutions; provide practical and technical considerations faced by crime laboratory practitioners who may plan to adopt optical topography in their laboratories; and provide an overview of ongoing developments of the technology and associated standards.
Sponsor(s) / Host(s)
National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice; Forensic Technology Center of Excellence
NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence
Free and open to all.
Date Created: January 18, 2018