Crime Scene Analysis and Victim Identification Forum - 2nd Annual Event

Monday, 03 March 2014

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Crime Scene Analysis and Victim Identification Forum - 2nd Annual Event
Monday, 03 March 2014 09:30 - 17:00

Cineworld: The O2
Peninsula Square
SE10 0DX
United Kingdom

Map and Directions
Technology, research and knowledge in crime scene investigations and victim identification are advancing rapidly in response to the ever increasing number of criminals that are more forensically aware.  This exciting and interactive meeting will bring together world leaders in forensic investigation of crime scenes and victim and suspect identification to discuss new techniques, procedures and research that can be used in criminal investigations.  The future of crime scene analysis and victim identification will be a theme running throughout the conference with presentations discussing ideas such as new techniques for aging of blood stains at scenes, forensic jewellery analysis and new ways for linking crime scenes.  More challenging scenes, such as fire scenes, will be discussed and the more unusual practices of forensic gait analysis and forensic podiatry will be introduced.  This event will encourage the sharing of ideas and best practice amongst the delegates and presenters and will include an informal discussion session where advice and thoughts can be shared. This event has CPD accreditation and is part of the Forensic Forums 2014 Series -

Meeting Chair:  Dr Claire Gwinnett, PhD, PgDipHPE, PgCHPE, PgCRM, FHEA, BSc(Hons), Principal Lecturer and Researcher in Forensic and Crime Science, Forensic and Crime Science Department, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Abstracts for poster presentation only can be submitted up to two weeks before the event. You can download the instructions for authors at

Talks include

The detection and age estimation of blood stains using hyperspectral imaging

Dr Meez Islam, Reader in Physical Chemistry, School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, UK
There is a need for a reliable means of detecting, identifying and estimating the age of blood stains at crime scenes or from recovered evidence, in a non contact, non destructive manner. Hyperspectral imaging which allows spectral and spatial information to be obtained simultaneously provides a means of achieving this. At Teesside University we have developed the use of visible wavelength hyperspectral imaging to detect and identify blood stains on a range of substrates including dark coloured substrates and at dilutions which are invisible to the naked eye and also estimate the age of the blood stain.

Fire scene investigation
Mr David Scaysbrook, Consultant forensic scientist, Gardiner Fire Investigation - and - S&T Forensics, UK
This talk aims to provide a brief overview of fire scene investigation techniques, using case examples.  In addition it will seek to ascertain how the current system of fire investigation – with the advent of huge fire & police service cutbacks and privatised forensic service providers - is functioning in England & Wales.

Simultaneous development and drug detection in latent finger mark residues using doped nanoparticle based fingerprint powders – A SALDI TOF MS/MS approach
Dr Latha Sundar, Chief Scientific Officer, ARRO SupraNano Ltd, UK
Surface engineered silica sub-micron particle based fingerprint powders has been proven to provide dual purpose in enhancing latent finger mark definition and in aiding the detection of chemical constituents present in the fingermarks with the use of SALDI TOF MS technique.  These can include detection of contact residues, drugs (illicit and therapeutic drugs), metabolites and other endogenous compounds which can give additional information of the donor such as sex, age, ethnicity etc.  

Crime linkage: Identifying crime series in the absence of physical forensic evidence
Dr. Jessica Woodhams, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK
Crime linkage is a psychological practice used by police forces to identify crime series in the absence of physical forensic evidence. It assumes that criminals commit crimes in a consistent and distinctive manner. As well as being used to inform police investigations, it is presented in legal proceedings in some countries. Bearing in mind its uses, it is crucial that it receive empirical scrutiny. I will present a summary of the research conducted thus far as well as outline the work of a new international network for researchers and practitioners of crime linkage, the C-LINK (Crime Linkage International NetworK).

Silver Linings: Jewellery as a tool for Victim Identification
Miss Maria Maclennan, Research Intern at the College of Policing, PhD Researcher in Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), The University of Dundee, Scotland, UK
‘Forensic Jewellery’ is an emergent field of interdisciplinary practice which attempts to marry the traditionally disparate fields of forensic science and jewellery design towards developing a new technique for human identification.  In addition to presenting publicized legal cases identified within the media wherein jewellery has contributed to practices surrounding identification, this presentation will explore some of the tools and techniques that may be applied as well as the factors that may affect attempting to utilise jewellery as a method of victim identification.

Comparative Observational Gait Analysis Between Imagery Acquired From CCTV of a Murder Perpetrator and a Suspected Subject: A Case Report
Professor Carlo Frigo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy 

Secondary Transfer of DNA Evidence - How much do we need to worry?

Laura Walton-Williams, Staffordshire University, UK

DNA analysis is now a sufficiently sensitive technique to enable identification of an individual from an extremely small amount of biological material.  Exhibits are routinely submitted to forensic laboratories for analysis of ‘touch DNA’, in order to link offenders to crime scenes. However, the analysis of minute amounts of DNA introduces additional interpretational challenges.  The ability to identify the source and the relevance of a recovered DNA profile to the crime scene are not comprehensively understood.  This talk will discuss the potential for transfer and persistence of DNA , and the degree to which this could cause problems in evidence interpretation.

Forensic Podiatry
Professor Wesley Vernon OBE, Head of Podiatry Services and Research Lead, Sheffield PCT Jordanthorpe Health Centre, UK
Forensic Podiatry has been considered for over 90 years and practiced for the past 40 years.  It is however only relatively recently that the specialty has become formalised with a supportive evidence based, standards and other governance arrangements.  The lecture will provide a brief overview of forensic podiatry including it's history, role and practice.

Forensic Gait Analysis - can we walk the walk?
Professor Ivan Birch, Consultant Expert Witness, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Forensic gait analysis is increasingly being used during criminal investigations, and as a source of evidence for use at trial. Despite substantial progress in the development of a research evidence base during the last two years, there remain a number of challenges to be overcome in terms of the development of best practice in this field of work. This presentation will consider the current state of the evidence base underpinning forensic gait analysis, strategies by which best practice might be developed, the challenges that practitioners commonly face, and the potential pitfalls of trying to analyse gait from CCTV footage.

Co-ordinate measuring machine for bite mark analysis in crime scene and victim
Dr Amal AlAli, The Barts and the London School of medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, UK
The use of coordinate metrology with freeform comparison software has created an advanced and accurate comparison between two objects. This novel means of measuring enables better presentation of physical features of crime scene evidence, reduction/elimination of examiner subjectivity, better control of image visualization, and standardisation of comparison procedures. Hence, it fulfils the criteria for contemporary standards from both a legal and scientific perspective. This study aimed to develop this technology using an Incise Dental Scanner (IDS) to match and compare complex free form surfaces on bite marks.

3D-forensics: mobile high resolution 3d-scanner and 3d data analysis for forensic evidence
Mr Stephen Crabbe, Crabbe Consulting Ltd, Germany
Footwear and tyre impressions left at crime scenes are important evidence for both criminal investigations and proceedings in court. The common operational methodology to record these impressions is through the making of plaster casts. Plaster casting of impressions has a number of disadvantages. A group of European organisations have teamed-up to develop a new ground breaking solution for forensic evidence collection and analysis: 3D-Forensics - Mobile high-resolution 3D-Scanner and 3D data analysis for forensic evidence. The project started in 2013 and is co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development. The project’s motivation, approach and benefits will be presented. 

Keywords:  Forensic Anthropology, Anatomy, Identification, Identity, Emergent Identification Technologies,  DNA, collection,storage, transportation, computed tomography,  identification, logistics ,dental, mortuary, pathology, Post Mortem, autopsy, anti-mortem, DNA Profiling, Lineage markers, Ethics, AF447,Commingled remains, anthropology, DNA,osteology,forensic genetics; ethical, legal and social issues, Tape lifting, Fibres, Easylift, Trace Evidence, Podiatry, footwear, gait, bare footprints, behavioural analysis, comparative case analysis, forensic psychology, serial offenders, crime series, Forensic Gait Analysis, Evidence Base, blood stains, detection, age estimation, non contact, hyperspectral imaging, Forensic Fire Investigation, jewellery, forensics, identification, service design, knowledge exchange, Identification, Bite mark, 3-D, Incise Dental Scanner, Supranano, fingermarks, SALDI TOF MS, drug detection,


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