Jo Dawkins

Course Leader, Admissions Tutor

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Biomedical and Forensic Science

Location: Cambridge

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

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jo.dawkins@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Jo graduated with a BA (Hons) in Criminology and gained experience in the criminal justice field through working with a youth offending team. She later joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary as a Scenes of Crime Officer 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.

In addition to her professional experience Jo holds the Diploma in Crime Scene Examination from Durham University and an MSc in Forensic Science. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Jo is also a committee member of the Fingerprint Society. At present Jo is completing research with Anglia Ruskin University in the field of fingerprint development and recovery.

Research interests

  • Fingerprint development
  • Fire investigation
  • Crime scene examination

Areas of research supervision

  • Fingerprints
  • Fire investigation
  • Crime scene techniques
  • Policing
  • Criminal justice

Teaching

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BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science, MSc Forensic Science

Qualifications

  • MSc
  • FHEA
  • MCSFS
  • MFS

Memberships, editorial boards

  • The Forensic Science Society
  • The Fingerprint Society
  • The Higher Education Academy

Selected recent publications

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., 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).

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., 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.

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, 25-26 June 2013.

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.

Saunders, F., and Dawkins, J., 2014. A Comparative Study Investigative the Similarity Between Fingerprints and Toe Prints. National Fingerprint Society Annual Conference 2014, Glasgow, UK, 21-23 March 2014 (2nd 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 21-23 March 2014.