Crime Scene and Evidence

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The Crime Scene and Evidence research area conducts exploration in relation to crime scene examination, evidence processing and recovery, scene investigation, standard operating procedures in crime scene practice and issues of crime scene contamination.

This includes fingermark visualisation, fire investigation, forensic medicine and pathology and archaeology.

The Crime Scene and Evidence research area is part of the Forensic & Investigative Sciences Research Group.

We offer our Forensic & Investigative Sciences PhD. We've also identified a range of innovative research project opportunities for you as a postgraduate researcher.

Members

Find out more about our members by exploring their staff profiles.

News

Dr Sarah Hall presented data at our 2018 Faculty research seminar series from research based on the flammability of clothing when contaminated with skin care products. Sarah and Joanne Morrissey are currently collaborating with Essex, London and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services in this area of research. There work has recently been in the media.

Joanne Morrissey is a member of the Board of Directors for the European Division of the International Association for Identification. She organised the 2016 conference at Interpol in Lyon and the 2017 conference in Amsterdam. Jo presented her research on the ‘Development of fingermarks on ballistics evidence’ in Lyon. This research has resulted in two publications to date which are listed under our key publications.

Zoe Cadwell presented her latest research at the International Association for Identification at Interpol HQ, Lyon, France and won 1st prize for best conference paper.

Jo Dawkins presented her latest research at the International Association for Identification at Interpol HQ, Lyon, France and won 2nd prize for best conference paper.

Dr Rahul Pathak reviewed a double murder case that has become part of a documentary project commissioned by MediaCorp Singapore and International News Channel Asia. The documentary is currently being edited and will be broadcast shortly. (2017)

Indian murder becomes international documentary project

Forensic academic presents at Home Office

Conference talks and presentations

Dr Rahul Pathak was an invited speaker at the 5th International Conference-Romanian Police Academy (European Association of Scientific Research) 27-28 April 2017 in Bucharest, Romania.

Kyprianos Georgiou delivered a workshop on fingermarks at GCC Forensic Science, 2017 – Abu Dhabi.

Dawkins, J., Gautam, L., Bandey, H.L., and Ferguson, L., 'Development of latent fingermarks on painted walls'. Academia and Industry Meet Event, Centre of Science and Technology (CAST), Home Office, UK 26 April 2017.

Cadwell, Z., 2016. Polymer Banknotes: how are we going to treat them. 2nd Conference of the European Division of the International Association for Identification, Interpol HQ, Lyon, France, 20-21 October 2016.

Dawkins, J., Gautam, L., Bandey, H.L. and 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, Interpol HQ, Lyon, France, 20-21 October 2016.

Jo Dawkins also presented her research on the recovery of latent fingermarks on wetted substrates at the International Association for Identification at Interpol HQ, Lyon, France:

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, Interpol HQ, Lyon, France, 20-21 October 2016.

Key publications

Christofidis, G., Morrissey, J. and Birkett, J.W., 2018. Detection of Fingermarks – Applicability to metallic surfaces: A literature Review”. Journal of Forensic Sciences. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.13775

Morrissey, J., Larrosa, J. and Birkett, J.W., 2017. A Preliminary Evaluation of the Use of Gun Bluing to Enhance Friction Ridge Detail on Cartridge Casings. Journal of Forensic Identification, 67(3), pp.313-322.

Morrissey, J., 2017. The student journey: time to make it personal. In: Innovations in Practice, 11(1), pp.9-11.

Dawkins, J., 2017. Journal Review. Fingerprint Whorld, 42(164), pp.18-20.

Parker, J., Pathak, R., 2015. The Effects of Salt Water and Elevation of the Corpse on the Rate of Decomposition and Subsequent Insect Succession. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, 9(1), January-June 2015.

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.