1122 Program Helps Assist with Forensic Equipment Purchases

1122 program

The 1122 Programowned and managed by the Department of Defense, allows states and units of local government access to GSA schedule contracts to purchase equipment to support counter-drug, homeland security, and emergency response activities including forensics. 

Products such as Leeds LCF3 comparison microscope, or Leeds LSV2 imaging system may qualify for purchases using the 1122 Program.  Leeds recently had a customer who was able to purchase an LCF3 comparison microscope for their laboratory using the 1122 Program.

LSV2, Leeds Spectral Vision System

LSV2, Leeds Spectral Vision System

Leeds LCF3 Firearms & Tool Marks Comparison Microscope

Leeds LCF3 Firearms & Tool Marks Comparison Microscope

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirty-three individual states in the U.S. currently participate in the 1122 Program and have designated one individual to be the State Points of Contact (SPOC) If you are interested in learning more about this program, please visit the GSA 1122 Program website or contact your designated SPOC.

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Debbie Smith Act Grant Program Helps to Reduce DNA Backlog

debbie smith actOn December 30, 2019, President Trump signed the Debbie Smith Act to help eliminate rape kit backlog.  If your forensic lab or research facility works with DNA, consider this potential funding source to assist with DNA backlog reduction.

The Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program provides funding to support public crime laboratories’ work to build capacity and process DNA evidence, including evidence collected in rape kits. Since its enactment in 2004, the Debbie Smith Act has been renewed twice with overwhelming bipartisan support. While the Debbie Smith Act is authorized to provide up to $151 million in funding per year through Fiscal Year 2019, Congress appropriated just $117 million in FY 2015. Through amendments passed in 2013 as the SAFER Act, the Debbie Smith Act raised the minimum amount of funding that must go to testing and capacity-building activities. In addition, the Act supports audits of evidence awaiting analysis at law enforcement agencies and charges the Justice Department with the task of developing national testing guidelines.

“Since 2004, the Debbie Smith Act has had considerable success. According to advocates, almost 200,000 sexual offenders have been identified, and over 40% of all DNA matches since 2005 were because of resources that became available because of grant money.” ABC News

“The current [Debbie Smith Act] bill authorizes the Justice Department to spend up to $151 million in grants to states and localities for costs associated with testing DNA evidence, to include employee training and equipment for labs to increase their testing capacity.” Washington Post

lsv2head with full size shirtBased on the statement from the Washington Post, forensic labs may be able to purchase equipment, such as Leeds LSV2, using Debbie Smith Act funding.

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Leeds Announces the Sale of its 750th Comparison Microscope

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Leeds Forensic Systems, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of forensic comparison microscopes and forensic imaging systems, announces that it has sold over 750 forensic systems.

Leeds forensic products include firearms and tool marks comparison microscopes, including the Discovery, Discovery-Z, LCF3, LCF-Toolmarks, LCF2, and trace evidence comparison microscopes, including the Trace-Z and the LCT.  In addition, Leeds designs, manufactures, and distributes imaging systems, including the LSV2 spectral vision system, a multi-wavelength imaging tool used to view, capture, and document bodily fluids, victim bruising, trace evidence, and explosives, and the N-IRC, a near-infrared imaging system used to highlight gunshot residue on forensic evidence. 

Leeds comparison microscopes and imaging systems have been sold to the FBI, ATF, TEDAC, US Postal Service, and US Army, California DOJ, Texas DPS, FDLE, DC Dept of Forensic Sciences, NYPD, as well as to forensic laboratories in 49 US states.  In addition, Leeds forensic systems have been sold to over 50 laboratories in over 22 countries around the world.

We look forward to continuing to work with and support our existing customers as well and introduce Leeds products to additional forensic laboratories around the world.

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UCO Forensic Science Institute Announces 2019 Leeds’ Scholarship Recipients

University of Central Oklahoma, Forensic Science Institute recently announced the 2019 Leeds’ sponsored Forensic scholarship recipients.

LEEDS 2019 Dakota FarrisDakota Farris is a senior studying to become a firearm and tool mark examiner.  He responded with the following letter:

I wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to continue to reach for my goal of being a firearm and toolmark examiner. Becoming a firearm and toolmark examiner is what I have strived to achieve my entire college career. The scholarship that you provide will help to ensure that I am able to continue down this path. Thank you for providing students like me the opportunities to pursue our dreams.

Jacy Cole is a graduate student, working towards her masters in forensic science.  She responded with the following letter:

LEEDS 2019 Jacy ColeI am writing to express my gratitude to you for making the LEEDS Scholarship possible.  I was very excited to learn of my nomination and selection for this honor, and I am deeply appreciative of your support.  Being a full-time graduate student and working full-time is challenging, but receiving this scholarship has encouraged me to keep working hard to reach my goals.  As I near the completion of my master’s degree in forensic science in the fall of 2019, I hope you know that your support and generosity have played a significant role in helping me reach that milestone.  Thank you again for your investment and contribution to my education and the Forensic Science Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma.  I am sincerely grateful.

We wish Mr. Farris and Ms. Cole the very best in her future forensic endeavors.

To learn more about Leeds’ sponsored scholarship at UCO Forensic Science Institute, please visit UCO’s scholarship page.

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New NIJ Funding Solicitation May be Used To Purchase Evofinder® System

Evofinder Automated Ballistic Identification System & Virtual Comparison Microscope that can be deployed for use in the field or in the lab

Evofinder Automated Ballistic Identification System & Virtual Comparison Microscope that can be deployed for use in the field or in the lab

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U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a new NIJ funding opportunity for research in forensics (New Solicitation: Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, Fiscal Year 2019).  The solicitation is specifically for research in forensics, which the Evofinder® Automated Ballistic Identification system might be able to assist with answering questions and improving forensic science. Please keep in mind that this solicitation closes on April 11, 2019.

EvofinderThe Evofinder® is a scanning device which generates digital images of bullets and cartridge cases for examination, comparison, and automated searches within existing databases. Built with 4-motor mechanics, the Evofinder® provides high-quality recording of bullets, including heavily deformed ones, and incorporates a universal cassette to mount and orient both types of samples in a compact, light-weight, and portable scanning device.  Other features include:

  • Automated Searches
  • Bullets & Cartridge Casings
  • Quick Scan Time
  • Portable Design

To learn more about the Evofinder, please contact Leeds.

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Leeds Introduces New HDR CMOS5 Camera with Custom Spot 5.5 Software

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Leeds is pleased to announce the new  CMOS5 Camera with exclusive Spot 5.5 HDR software available only to Leeds customers.

Illuminating bullets and cartridge cases under a microscope presents a challenge due to their cylindrical shape. When illuminated from above, the light reflecting off the top of the sample is at a near vertical angle and produces a strong “bloom” of light, whereas the light reflecting off the sides of a sample is at an oblique angle and is much less intense. This results in images with unbalanced light intensity. High Dynamic Range (HDR) algorithms compensate for these differences by imaging each area of the sample with different camera exposures, combining the best exposures for each region into a single image.

Standard image of cartridge casing.

Standard image of cartridge casing.

HDR image of cartridge casing.

HDR image of cartridge casing.

Features Included in the CMOS5 HDR Camera:

  • High Dynamic Range (HDR): HDR imaging at the click of a button.
  • Speed/High Resolution: 5.1Mp Captured image resolution with over 60 frames per second (fps).
  • Measurements: The software offers a menu of different measurement tools, all of which are supported by an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited Certificate of Accuracy.
  • Annotations: On-screen annotations for details such as case number, image capture date, etc. Software includes a notepad feature that is linked directly to the image for additional documentation.

To learn more about this camera and other products available for your Leeds comparison microscopes, please contact Leeds or call 763.546.8575

 

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UCO Announces Second Recipient of Leeds Forensic Scholarship

Adriana McelhineyUniversity of Central Oklahoma recently announced the second recipient of the Leeds sponsored Forensic scholarship.  Adriana McElhiney responded with the following letter:

I would like to thank the entire Leeds organization for this opportunity to study the fields of my dreams! Without scholarships like this I would have no way of affording to go to college. I have grown in so many ways because of the University and Leed’s, that there are not enough “thank you’s” in the world to express it.

After graduation, Ms. McElhiney plans to combine her love for Forensic Science and Studio Art by pursuing Crime Scene Reconstruction and/or Forensic Art.

We wish Ms. McElhiney the very best in her future forensic endeavors.

To learn more about Leeds scholarship, please visit UCO’s scholarship page.

 

 

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Leeds Forensic Scholarship Recipient Announced at University of Central Oklahoma

Leeds is please to announce the recent selection of the first of two Leeds sponsored scholarship recipients at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Dr. Dwight Adams, Director, Forensic Science Institute, UCO

Dr. Dwight Adams, Director, Forensic Science Institute, UCO

Dwight Adams, Ph.D., director of the Forensic Science Institute at UCO, stated in a recent email:

“For the past two years, LEEDS Forensic Systems have partnered with the Forensic Science Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) by providing scholarships to forensic science students.  LEEDS comparison microscopes are internationally acclaimed and highly regarded in the forensic science community.  UCO utilizes LEEDS microscopes in firearm and toolmark analysis and training as they are the most commonly used instruments in federal, state, and local crime laboratories in the United States and around the world.  By utilizing LEEDS comparison microscopes, our students are able to train on the same instruments they will be using in their forensic science careers.  Undergraduate student Abigail Smart was selected

Abigail Smart, the first recipient of Leeds scholarship at University of Central Oklahoma.

Abigail Smart, the first recipient of Leeds scholarship at University of Central Oklahoma.

as the first recipient for the LEEDS scholarship.  She has excelled in her pursuit of a forensic science degree and was recognized by the LEEDS scholarship for her excellence in Firearm and Toolmark courses at UCO.”

Abigail will begin her Master of Arts in Crime and Intelligence Analysis at UCO in the fall of 2018.  She plans to pursue a career as a Crime Scene Investigator or Crime Analyst.

UCO Forensic Science Institute purchased a Leeds LCF comparison microscope for instructional use in their teaching laboratory.  Leeds is honored to partner with such an exceptional forensic education program, educating future forensic scientists.

To learn more about Leeds scholarship, please visit UCO’s scholarship page.

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FY2018 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Open

The National Institute of Justice recently announced the that the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program is now seeking proposals for both formula funding as well as competitive funding.  To learn more, please visit the NIJ Coverdell National Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program page.

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Competitive Due 4/30/18

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Formula Due 4/30/18

Please note:  Important Grants.gov Notice! Grants.gov’s legacy PDF application package was retired on December 31, 2017. Grants.gov Workspace is now the standard application method. Read the Grants.gov blog post that summarizes this transition and provides links to resources for applying for grants using Workspace. 

In addition, the NIJ is seeking applications for the following:

DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula) Due 5/7/18

Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program Due 5/17/18

Evofinder® Automated Ballistic Identification system

Evofinder® Automated Ballistic Identification system

Per the Paul Coverdell solicitation, laboratories can “funds may be used to upgrade, lease, or purchase forensic laboratory or medical examiner/coroner’s office equipment and instrumentation” The Evofinder® Automated Ballistics Identification system, which Leeds represents exclusively in the United States, can qualify for such purchase under this program.  In laboratories where bullet and cartridge samples from a crime scene need to be matched prior to completing the DNA evidence processing, the Evofinder® can facilitate this process by providing a tool capable of quickly scanning and comparing both sample types to compare samples from a crime scene.  By reducing the backlog and waiting period for sample comparison, DNA evidence can then be processed in a more timely fashion.  At the same time, scanned samples can simultaneously be compared with any other sample previously entered into the Evofinder® database to show associations between new evidence samples and those collected from previous crime scenes.

Additionally, Leeds’ LCF3-Motorized Firearms & Tool Marks Comparison Microscope

Leeds LCF3-Motorized Comparison Microscope

Leeds LCF3-Motorized Comparison Microscope

would also qualify under the Coverdell Program. This innovative design includes two large 9”x7” stages with 3-axis motion that provides 95 mm x 95 mm stage travel can be controlled by various means, including an optional 3D navigation mouse (1 per stage). These large platform stages easily mount Leeds’ Universal sample holders and are ideal for analysis of large tool marks samples or other over-sized pieces of forensic evidence.

Leeds offers a competitive trade-in program if your lab is interested in trading in old microscopes towards the purchase of new Leeds’ products.

To learn more about Leeds products, please contact Leeds.

 

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First Trace-Z & Discovery-Z Comparison Microscopes Installed in U.S. Forensic Labs

First Trace-Z Comparison Microscope installed at Arkansas Crime Lab

First Trace-Z Comparison Microscope installed at Arkansas Crime Lab

Leeds is pleased to announce the recent installation of the first Trace-Z Comparison Microscope, a trace evidence comparison microscope designed by Leeds and built with Zeiss optics, at the Arkansas State Crime Lab.

Additionally, Leeds first Discovery-Z Comparison Microscope has been installed at the DC Department of Forensic Sciences.

The first Discovery-Z Comparison Microscope installed at DC Department of Forensic Sciences.

The first Discovery-Z Comparison Microscope installed at DC Department of Forensic Sciences.

The DC Department of Forensic Sciences Firearm Examiners Unit Manager, Jonathan Pope, stated, “The Discovery-Z is an excellent microscope.  Currently we are using it as a communal microscope, where each of my examiners have a chance to experience it’s ease of use.  The feedback that I have received is that the Discovery-Z is technologically advanced, yet super user friendly.  Leeds certainly has a winner with this new microscope, because it was built around the specific needs of the firearms examiner.”

Leeds is proud to work with these outstanding laboratories to assist in fulfilling their forensic analysis equipment needs.  If you have questions or would like to learn more about Leeds products, please contact Leeds at (763)546-8575.

 

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