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Title: Law enforcement tools available at the Savannah River Site

A number of nuclear technologies developed and applied at the Savannah River Site in support of nuclear weapons material production and environmental remediation can be applied to problems in law enforcement. Techniques and equipment for high-sensitivity analyses of samples are available to identify and quantify trace elements and establish origins and histories of forensic evidence removed from crime scenes. While some of theses capabilities are available at local crime laboratories, state-of-the-art equipment and breakthroughs in analytical techniques are continually being developed at DOE laboratories. Extensive experience with the handling of radioactive samples at the DOE labs minimizes the chances of cross-contamination of evidence received from law enforcement. In addition to high-sensitivity analyses, many of the field techniques developed for use in a nuclear facility can assist law enforcement personnel in detecting illicit materials and operations, in retrieving of pertinent evidence and in surveying crime scenes. Some of these tools include chemical sniffers, hand-held detectors, thermal imaging, etc. In addition, mobile laboratories can be deployed to a crime scene to provide field screening of potential evidence. A variety of portable sensors can be deployed on vehicle, aerial, surface or submersible platforms to assist in the location of pertinent evidence or illicitmore » operations. Several specific nuclear technologies available to law enforcement and their potential uses are discussed.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
753552
Report Number(s):
WSRC-MS-2000-00157
TRN: AH200009%%7
DOE Contract Number:
AC09-96SR18500
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Methods of Analytical and Radiochemistry Conference (MARC V), Kone, HI (US), 04/09/2000--04/14/2000; Other Information: PBD: 29 Mar 2000
Research Org:
Savannah River Site (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; CRIME DETECTION; CRIMINOLOGY; CHEMICAL ANALYSIS; PORTABLE EQUIPMENT; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS