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Target's Crime Lab

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Target sets sights on hard-to-crack cases

I got an unusual assignment this week -- Target's crime lab. Yes, I'm talking about that Target, the national "upscale discounter," as they style themselves in the information package the company hands out to reporters.

 

Turns out Target has one of the most advanced crime labs in the country at its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was initially set up to deal with things like theft, fraud, and personal injury cases in their stores. Now, Target also helps law enforcement agencies nationwide solve crimes, even murders. Target has worked with the Secret Service, the ATF, and the FBI, to name a few.

 

Target does the work for free, seeing it as a kind of community service. It doesn't advertise its crime lab services, but word started spreading and law enforcement agencies started asking for help. Some government agency labs aren't as well-equipped as Target's. In other cases, Target can get results faster because of logjams in agency labs.

 

Target's lab is run by an ex-FBI agent and boasts a staff of forensic experts. They spend a lot of time analyzing video from surveillance cameras in their own stores.

 

The day we visited we looked at how they helped crack a murder case using video from a convenience store security camera in Minneapolis. The Target team cleaned up the image of the shooting suspect, but that wasn't enough to identify him. Then they figured out what kind of car he was driving, even though you could barely see the vehicle through the store's window on the surveillance tape. It was the stuff of CSI.

 

Police put these pieces together to help identify the murderer. He's now serving a life sentence in prison.

 

http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.c...d-to-crack.html

 

 

 

weird, huh?

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Guest Sparoism

Outsourcing to Target? That's some shit I wouldn't have thought of.

 

"And our Blue Light special is ballistics today....you pay for the lab costs on the first bullet, and the second one is on us!"

 

The world is a strange place.

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Target's lab is run by an ex-FBI agent and boasts a staff of forensic experts. They spend a lot of time analyzing video from surveillance cameras in their own stores.

 

uh huh...fat lazy cunts.

 

 

i bet the profile people right off the bat.

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I wouldnt think that this is even legal. Just because they have the expensive toys, doesnt mean that they should be trusted in using them to decide someones fate.

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Originally posted by Godless@Feb 10 2006, 08:51 AM

I wouldnt think that this is even legal. Just because they have the expensive toys, doesnt mean that they should be trusted in using them to decide someones fate.

 

 

fbi, cia, nsa......

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Guest spectr

watch out for those target police raiding your house at 6 in the morning.

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Originally posted by Sparoism@Feb 10 2006, 06:53 AM

Outsourcing to Target? That's some shit I wouldn't have thought of.

 

"And our Blue Light special is ballistics today....you pay for the lab costs on the first bullet, and the second one is on us!"

 

:haha: :haha: :haha:

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Target thought it was a good idea to build a crime lab, then didn't need it....

 

wow.

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Originally posted by Soup@Feb 11 2006, 01:21 AM

Target thought it was a good idea to build a crime lab, then didn't need it....

 

wow.

 

 

well, most likely it was on the agenda to 'not need it'.

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