Responding to Cold Hits, cont.
Streamlining Notification of Hits
Laboratory lines of communication must be established and maintained between the laboratory, the investigating law enforcement agency and the prosecutors. In the initial stages of responding to a DNA cold hit, the laboratory must be confident that the investigating agency has received the notification. To that end, it is recommended that the laboratory send a form letter requiring the law enforcement agency to respond regarding the actions it has or will take as a result of the hit notification.
When charges are contemplated or formally sought, the prosecutor will become involved in the case. In some high-profile cases, this could happen much earlier in the investigative process. Whenever the prosecutor becomes involved, he or she must be included with the investigating law enforcement agency in all communications from the laboratory.
Additional Online Courses
- What Every First Responding Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes
- DNA – A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook
- Crime Scene and DNA Basics
- Laboratory Safety Programs
- DNA Amplification
- Population Genetics and Statistics
- Non-STR DNA Markers: SNPs, Y-STRs, LCN and mtDNA
- Firearms Examiner Training
- Forensic DNA Education for Law Enforcement Decisionmakers
- What Every Investigator and Evidence Technician Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court
- Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert
- Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues
- DNA Extraction and Quantitation
- STR Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Communication Skills, Report Writing, and Courtroom Testimony
- Español for Law Enforcement
- Amplified DNA Product Separation for Forensic Analysts