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Developing a quality assurance program for gunshot primer residue analysis
Author(s): Thomas R. White
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Paper Abstract

The Texas DPS Crime Laboratory Service analyzes an average of 45 gunshot residue (GSR) kits a month using three different SEM/EDS systems and involving four different analysts. To maintain the volume of cases, we have developed a robust, cost-efficient method to ensure that all three systems are performing automated GSR analysis within laboratory specifications, and yielding consistent results across all three systems. This analysis commonly includes analysis of GSR kits collected from suspects’ hands, but can also include kits from screening of suspects’ clothing for GSR. Analysts have developed procedures for cleaning and monitoring areas where clothing and GSR stubs are processed and analyzed in order to ensure that casework stubs were not contaminated in the laboratory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9236, Scanning Microscopies 2014, 92360K (16 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2073770
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Thomas R. White, Texas Dept. of Public Safety Crime Lab. Service (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9236:
Scanning Microscopies 2014
Michael T. Postek; Dale E. Newbury; S. Frank Platek; Tim K. Maugel, Editor(s)

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