Nicole Cogdell serves an advocate and liaison to urban communities. She partners with and assists residents , community leaders by identifying and resolving issues of negative and positive impact.
Nicole Cogdell's proposed project will aid law enforcement, with efforts to reduce gun violence and collect important evidence in sexual assault cases. There is currently a backlog of evidence in shelves in our state crime laboratories nationwide.
" If law enforcement is at a crime scene and want to examine phone video, it's not fair to tell someone that there phone will be confiscated and processing, could exceed a month or more. The forensic mobile unit, will allow the technician to download photos and video within minutes and give the phone back to the cooperating Witness"
The purpose of this Capstone Research is to bring awareness and prompt lawmakers, Office of the District Attorney, State and Federal Police Departments and the public to create forensic mobile crime laboratory units. Units will assist law enforcement with the processing of DNA ,sexual assault kits, gun tracking, ballistic results and forensic backlog currently in state laboratories.
Nicole Cogdell would like to collaborate with non-profit organizations, law enforcement agencies, local, state, federal government agencies and legislators who are committed to a viable solution to crime prevention in urban communities nationwide. In addition, to violence prevention, critical areas of interest include mediation and intervention, organizational resources, community activities and community policing techniques.
Advancements in forensic science is revolutionizing American's criminal justice system. Currently, there is not an industry wide definition for forensic backlog. In some jurisdictions, the timeline begins when law enforcement collects evidence. While in other cases, it is when the police evidence room submits it to the state or private laboratory. " According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, The City of Philadelphia submitted rape kits in the spring of 2019 to be processed dating back to the 1980's and 90's".
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