Jo Dawkins

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Biomedical and Forensic Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Forensic science and crime , Policing , Photography

J​o’s area of expertise lies in the field of crime scene examination and fingerprint development. Her expertise has been gained from professional experience and informed research.

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jo.dawkins@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Jo graduated with a degree in Criminology and gained experience in the criminal justice field as a Caseworker in Youth Offending Services and as a Crime Prevention Advisor with Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

However, the main focus of her career was as a Crime Scene Investigator where she examined a range of scenes from stolen vehicles to major incidents, including many high-profile cases. Jo also received a Commendation for the quality and high standard of her work.

Jo commenced a lectureship at Anglia Ruskin University in 2008, where she teaches a range of Policing and Crime Scene modules and carries out research in these areas.

Research interests

  • Fingermark development
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Fire Investigation
  • Policing

Areas of research supervision

  • Fingermark development and recovery
  • Fire investigation
  • Crime scene techniques
  • Policing
  • Criminal justice

Teaching

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BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies
Perceptions of Crime
Scene and Laboratory Investigation
Evidence Based Policing
Police and Forensic Investigation
Major Investigations
Crime Scene Analysis

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
Advanced Forensic Methodologies

MSc Forensic Science
Evidence Collection and Management

Qualifications

DipCSE (Dunelm) Crime Scene Investigation
BA (Hons) Criminology
PGCert Learning and Teaching (Higher Education)
MSc Forensic Science

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (NTC – Harperley, Durham)
Certified Crime Prevention Advisor (COP – Harrogate)

Memberships, editorial boards

Professional Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
Committee Member of the Fingerprint Division of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the International Association for Identification
Member of the Society of Evidence Based Policing

Selected recent publications

Dawkins, J., 2016 Journal Review. Fingerprint Whorld, 41 (159), 31-34

Dawkins, J., 2014, The persistence of fingerprints in fire scenes – a comparative study using water and compressed air foam as extinguishing methods. Global Forensic Science Today, Issue 14.

Recent presentations and conferences

Dawkins, J., Gautam, L., Bandey, HL., Ferguson, L., 2016, If only the walls could talk – can fingermarks provide the answers?. 2nd Conference of the European Division of the International Association for Identification 2016, Interpol HQ, Lyon, France, 20-21st October 2016. (2nd Prize for best conference paper).

Hagger, M., and Dawkins, J., 2016, Powder Suspension: A comparison of methods to develop and recover latent fingermarks on wetted substrates ‘in situ’. 2nd Conference of the European Division of the International Association for Identification 2016, Interpol HQ, Lyon, France, 20-21st October 2016.

Saunders, F., and Dawkins, J., 2014, A Comparative Study Investigating the Similarity Between Fingerprints and Toe Prints. National Fingerprint Society Annual Conference 2014, Glasgow, UK, 21st-23rd March 2014 (3rd Prize for best conference paper).

Jackson, A., and Dawkins, J., 2014, A Comparative Study to Determine the Effect that Compressed Air Foam Has on Chemical Development Techniques for Fingerprints. National Fingerprint Society Annual Conference 2014, Glasgow, UK, 21st-23rd March 2014.

Larchet, M., Pellett, E., Saunders, F., and Dawkins, J., 2013, The efficacy of developing fingerprints from items submerged in different water types. 9th National FORREST Conference 2013. Anglia Ruskin University, UK 25-26th June 2013.

Dawkins, J., Hall, S., Bandey, H., and Gautam, L., 2013. The Problem of Finding Fingerprints on Walls at Major Crime Scenes. 7th Annual Research Conference 2013. Anglia Ruskin University, UK.

Barnett, G., Dawkins, J., Hall, S., and Milner, N., 2013. The Advantages of Using Compressed Air Foam to Investigate Fire Scenes Containing Forensic Evidence. 9th National FORREST Conference 2013. Anglia Ruskin University, UK, 25-26 June 2013.

Dawkins, J., Hall, S., and Spence, S., 2011. The Impact of Using Compressed Air Foam (CAF) as a Fire Extinguisher on the Examination of Forensic Evidence and Subsequent Identification Procedures. BAHID Conference 2011. Manchester, UK.

Dawkins, J., Hall, S., Spence, S., 2010. The Impact of Using Compressed Air Foam on the Examination of Forensic Evidence and Fire Debris Analysis. 6th National FORREST Conference 2010. Coventry University, UK (3rd prize for best conference paper).