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The Crime Analysis Unit DEVELOPER’S KIT, produced by the Crime Mapping and Analysis Program (CMAP) and the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)-Rocky Mountain, contains documents, tools and examples to help you create, implement and expand any crime analysis unit. The kit contains several free software applications, including geographic information systems programs, geographic profiling utilities, tactical crime analysis tools, link-charting programs, statistics programs and OpenOffice.org.

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremonies 2007

Every May during National Police Week thousands of law enforcement officers and family members gather in Washington, D.C., to pay their respects to fallen officers. This year's ceremonies included a candlelight vigil, a service at the Capitol with an address by President Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The photos above and below express the emotions of the week's events.

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30 Days in a Dodge Hemi

In the real world of police work, new vehicles get the acid test. Officers see what they can cram in the trunk, who they can cram in the back seat, how fast the thing goes and where they need to stuff that chai latte with a no-foam lemongrass twist. An upstart hopeful either makes the cut or it doesn't. When it does, the reward is a full order sheet. When it doesn't, the penalties are broken cars and disgruntled officers.

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Investigations: The Truth's in the Teeth

During my career as a detective, it was not uncommon to see bite marks on rape and child-abuse victims. However, I encountered only a couple of occasions where forensic dentistry or bite-mark evidence was associated with a murder case. Both cases took place long before DNA or dental evidence was an established investigative tool.

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