Fingermark Visualisation Manual Released Openly

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In the ever-evolving landscape of forensic science, staying ahead is not just a priority; it’s a necessity. That’s why the public release of the Second Edition of the Fingermark Visualisation Manual (FVM) is causing ripples of excitement, with forensic examiners and investigators from around the world now having access. Developed by the Defence Science and…

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New Spray can Detect Fingerprints in Ten Seconds

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A UK-Chinese team of scientists developed a biocompatible fluorescent spray from a jellyfish protein. Forensic investigations have long relied on fingerprint analysis as a crucial tool in solving crimes. However, the methods used to detect latent fingerprints (LFPs) have often presented challenges, from toxicity to environmental damage. In a groundbreaking development, scientists at Shanghai Normal…

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Crime Scene Managers: Why are they so important?

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Crime Scene Managers (CSM) plays a pivotal role in overseeing all aspects of a crime scene investigation, from the preservation of evidence to the coordination of personnel and resources. Their expertise, leadership and attention to detail are essential for ensuring that investigations are conducted thoroughly, accurately.  In accordance with established protocols and procedures To read…

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Dusting for Clues: A New Frontier in Crime Scene Forensics

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The secret hidden in dust: Assessing the potential to use biological and chemical properties of the airborne fraction of soil for provenance assignment and forensic casework In the realm of crime scene investigation, DNA evidence has long been a game-changer, providing a powerful tool for identifying perpetrators and exonerating the innocent. However, the traditional methods…

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Why are Cameras Changing to Mirrorless?

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Why are cameras changing to mirrorless? There are at least six reasons why camera manufacturers are no longer making Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras and are moving across to only making mirrorless cameras. Before we get to the six points it’s probably worth just talking about what an SLR camera is and why it’s…

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Code Of Practice – Why is it important?

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Why is the Forensic Science Regulator’s Code Of Practice important to UK Police Forces? The new UK Forensic Science Regulator’s Code of Practice is important to UK Police Forces as it became live on the 2nd October 2023 for a number of reasons. First, The Code of Practice sets out specific standards and requirements for…

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Remote Transmission of Fingerprints

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In the ever-evolving landscape of crime scene investigation, technological advancements continue to reshape the way law enforcement agencies gather and process critical evidence. Among these innovations, the remote transmission of fingerprints from crime scenes to fingerprint bureaux stands out as a game-changer. Our recent visit to AGX in Hook, Hampshire shed light on this groundbreaking…

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Unleashing the Power of Forensic Training: Introducing the Initial CSI Course

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Forensic science plays a vital role in modern crime investigations, and the demand for highly skilled forensic professionals continues to grow.  Recognising the need to equip UK police forces with well-trained staff, the Forensic Training Partnership has joined forces with Cranfield Forensic Institute to deliver a groundbreaking six-week Initial CSI course.  This comprehensive programme offers…

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Guest blog: Turning the tide of plastic waste in CSI

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In this guest blog post we invite Sussex CSI Becci Henderson, who is working towards a PhD at Portsmouth University on the subject of Plastic Waste in the CSI Environment. I have been a Crime Scene Investigator for 23 years. Over the course of my career, particularly over the past decade, I have noticed a…

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