The Outreach Task Group of OSAC's Trace Materials Subcommittee, in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) have developed a Trace Evidence Collection App to assist crime scene teams and law enforcement officers with the recognition, collection, and preservation of trace evidence.
The mobile app, launched in November 2021, is intended to accompany the Trace Materials Crime Scene Investigation Guide. The guide was created by the Outreach Task Group of OSAC's Trace Materials Subcommittee with input from other OSAC subcommittees. This task group consisted of members of the trace evidence and crime scene communities and was formed to create a practical, quick reference guide for crime scene teams to use for the recognition, collection, and preservation of trace evidence.
Members of OSAC and NIST approached FTCoE with the idea of adapting the content from the Trace Materials Crime Scene Investigation Guide into a mobile application, so the guide could be easily accessible and utilized by users in the field, specifically crime scene investigators at the local, state, and federal levels.
The Trace Evidence Collection App is available to download for both Apple iOS and Google Android devices and contains:
For links to download, please go to the Trace Evidence Collection App's page on the FTCoE website: https://forensiccoe.org/trace-evidence-collection-mobile-app/
Please provide any feedback you have about the app in FTCoE's User Feedback Questionnaire and contact forensiccoe [at] rti.org for any questions.