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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Summary of 2018 Federal Funding Proposed for Law Enforcement

Federal Funding

Last week PoliceOne released a summary of federal funding proposed in 2018 for law enforcement agencies.  To read the article, please click on Grants for Law Enforcement.

We encourage our blog readers to review these opportunities as several of our customers have utilized similar funding opportunities to purchase equipment for their forensic laboratories.  Some of these opportunities specifically identify how funds can be utilized.  In the case of Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, the solicitation lists, “Funds may be used to upgrade, lease, or purchase forensic laboratory or medical examiner/coroner equipment and instrumentation”.

Other noteworthy news is the announcement on the NIJ website: Important Grants.gov Notice! Grants.gov’s legacy PDF application package will be 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, we have created a Grant & Funding Resource webpage which lists several  funding opportunities including links to their websites to assist our customers.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Leeds sales staff to discuss your laboratory’s equipment needs.

 

 

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Leeds Announces Forensic Science Scholarships at University of Central Oklahoma

Leeds Forensic Systems is pleased to announce our support of the University of Central Oklahoma Forensic Science Institute UCO Small ForensicScienceLogoCOLORby offering two scholarships.  The University of Central Oklahoma has been a customer of Leeds since 2009.

The Leeds Forensic Systems, Inc. Scholarship is available to in-state, out-of-state, and international students currently enrolled full-time as graduate students or Junior/Senior undergraduate students in the Forensic Science program.  Preference will be given to students focusing on a career in Firearm and Toolmark Analysis with a 3.0 GPA or above.  Students may apply for this monetary award annually by completing and submitting the FSI Scholarship application by February 15, 2018.  Please click on the Scholarship Eligibility Requirements link below for additional eligibility requirements.

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Student must be a declared Forensic Science student and currently enrolled full-time in the master’s or undergraduate (Junior/Senior) program.
  • Student must provide a UCO transcript showing an overall 3.0 GPA or above in all coursework.
  • Student must be enrolled full-time (9 hours for graduate students or 12 hours for undergraduate student) each semester the scholarship is received.
  • Preference will be given to students focusing on a career in Firearm and Toolmark Analysis.

To learn more about this scholarship, please Click here to access Link to UCO Scholarship page.

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How to Upgrade your Existing Leeds Firearms Comparison Microscope

Since the sale of Leeds first comparison microscope in 1999, our sales and service teams have been dedicated to providing exceptional customer service to our growing number of forensic customers.

To meet the needs of our customers, Leeds offers various microscope accessories, and upgrade options, all of which can extend the functional life of the microscope.

Leeds Third Eyepiece and Pin Mount Holder Tray

Leeds Third Eyepiece and Pin Mount Holder Tray

Leeds’ comparison microscope Upgrade Options Flyer highlights a variety of optional accessories, ranging from the Coarse to Fine Focus Upgrade to the Third Eyepiece Holder.  Many of these upgrades can be easily added to existing microscope and allow for more versatility while keeping costs down.

Coarse to Fine Focus Upgrade

Coarse to Fine Focus Upgrade

 

 

In addition, Leeds offers an aggressive trade-in program to assist laboratories interested in purchasing a new comparison microscope.

Please contact Leeds sales staff to discuss your upgrade needs, or to request a quote.

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Leeds’ CEO Attends 29th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial 5/13/17


Photo credit @LAPPL (Los Angeles Police Protective League) 29th Annual Candlelight Vigil

Photo credit @LAPPL (Los Angeles Police Protective League)
29th Annual Candlelight Vigil

On May 13, 2017, Leeds’ CEO, John Crouch, and nine other family members, attended the 29th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. at which his great-grandfather, Thomas Nicholson was inducted into the Memorial.  Thomas Nicholson was the Town Marshal in Gowrie, IA, and was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 11, 1908.  There are now approximately 21,000 fallen law enforcement officers enrolled in the Memorial which includes officers from all  50 states, U.S. territories, federal law enforcement agencies, and military police agencies.

An estimated 25,000 people attended the ceremony.

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Axioscope & Trace-Z for Drug Chemistry Applications

With the growing surge of new designer drugs appearing in crime scene evidence analyzed in forensic laboratories, forensic drug chemists are working overtime to identify these evolving drugs in addition to their research of narcotics and stimulant drugs which are fueling deadly addictions around the country. Microcrystalline testing can be part of
a drug chemist’s toolkit. Fast, highly specific, and inexpensive per-sample,

Axioscope

Zeiss Axioscope

microcrystalline testing on a specially configured Polarized Light Microscope (PLM) can be a helpful tool for drug chemists looking to move through casework helping with identification of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin. The microscope, equipped with a highly sensitive and fast digital camera and ISO17025:2005 traceable calibrations, provides an examiner with the ability to easily document crystal growth and have measurement traceability. Additionally, microcrystalline testing on a PLM such as the Zeiss Axioscope, may be one way to assist in researching, or identify, these types of designer drug compounds. The organic structure of the analogues may be different enough to grow various crystal types between the analog and controlled substance allowing for rapid and highly confident processing.

The Trace-Z Trace Evidence Comparison Microscope built with Zeiss Optics

The Trace-Z Trace Evidence Comparison Microscope built with Zeiss Optics

In addition to the Axioscope, the Trace-Z comparison microscope can assist drug chemists by offering a side-by-side comparison of a test drug sample placed next to a sample of
an unknown drug. The Trace-Z, encompassing Zeiss optical components, offers a 23mm field of view, superior color and intensity balance requiring no adjustment by the operator, and a motorized sweeping mask adjuster allowing examiners to control image dividing line and overlay.

To learn more, please contact Leeds or call (763)546-8575 to speak with a sales representative.

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Leeds Announces Vice President of Sales

Kevin Boulay, VP of SalesLeeds is delighted to announce that Kevin Boulay has returned to Leeds as its Vice President of Sales.  Kevin brings to Leeds, and to its customers, extensive experience designing and selling forensic imaging systems.  Kevin’s commitment to his customers and to meeting their comparison microscope and imaging system needs is well known in the forensic science community.

Please join us in welcoming Kevin in his return to Leeds.

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