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GSR particles and their evidential value
Author(s): Marek Kotrly; Ivana Turková
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Paper Abstract

Analysis of gunshot residues (GSR) is one of major areas in microparticle investigation. Results of the analysis usually have a high evidential value, but some information about potential secondary contamination by GSR is needed to maintain its value. A three-year study was carried out for ascertaining the level of possible secondary contamination monitoring GSR particles in urban means of transports in Prague (underground, trams, busses), taxi cars, randomly chosen civil vehicles, vehicles and trains of suburban transport, at places with a high concentration of people (supermarkets, hypermarkets, banks and financial institutions, premises of post offices). We also performed sampling at premises of the Institute of Criminalistics Prague (common areas, corridors, laboratory rooms), at police stations and in patrol cars of the Police of the Czech Republic, including Prague Metropolitan Police. Next, persons form selected professional groups of inhabitants (policemen, car mechanics, civilians without contact with a firearm and people who are in contact with hunting weapons - huntsmen and gamekeepers) were sampled as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7729, Scanning Microscopy 2010, 772919 (3 June 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.853938
Show Author Affiliations
Marek Kotrly, Institute of Criminalistics Prague (Czech Republic)
Ivana Turková, Institute of Criminalistics Prague (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7729:
Scanning Microscopy 2010
Michael T. Postek; Dale E. Newbury; S. Frank Platek; David C. Joy, Editor(s)

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