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Putting knowledge to the test
FORENSIC FUTURE
Continual professional development was demonstrated – quite literally – at the click of a button recently when 120 participants’ knowledge of forensic techniques were put to the test Who Wants to Be a Millionaire style.
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A thriving service
FORENSIC FUTURE
In July of last year (PP issue 122) we reported that Affinity Healthcare had opened a new low secure forensic service at its Middleton St George Hospital in Darlington. The response to the new service by referrers and people coming into the services has been interesting and gratifying, as Roland Woodward, chartered forensic psychologist and head of personality disorder and forensic services at Affinity, explains.
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Forensics21: challenging, enabling and improving forensic science
On April 1, 2008, the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), working in partnership with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), launched Forensics21, an overarching programme of work aimed at creating a police-led forensic service fit for the 21st century. Dr Simon Bramble, head of police science and forensics at the NPIA and a member of the Forensics21 Programme Board, explains why the programme is necessary, what has been achieved and what we can expect in the future.
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Recording practices criticised in crime stats release
The latest violent crime statistics have provided misleading figures following errors made in the classification of recording crimes.
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The business of science
As director of the Met’s forensic services and chair of the National DNA Strategy Board, Gary Pugh is well versed in the issues of scientific support. Police Professional talks to him about a range of subjects, including meeting everyday demand, overseeing evolving relationships with external providers and the future vision of forensic science.
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Statistical fingerprints
Fingerprint evidence has been used in a forensic context for over 100 years. However, there have been challenges by court commentators and defence lawyers to the admissibility of fingerprint evidence in court. In response to these challenges, a team of scientists has developed a statistical model for the evaluation of fingerprint comparisons that will bring transparency to what are often vital investigative clues.
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Three men due in court following UK's biggest drug seizures
Three men are due appear in court charged with conspiracy to supply heroin with a street value of more than £15 million, following one of the biggest seizures of the drug in the UK.
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When disaster strikes
Pavements choked with dead bodies and entangled limbs, ferociously scattered after orchestrated explosions across the country turn high streets full of shoppers into scenes of tragedy. The enduring images of the 7/7 bombings remind us that the above scenario may one day be the subject of a breaking news flash. So how can police managers better prepare for the consequences?
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Hands-off sampler gun detects deadly chemicals
Computer scientists have developed a portable evidence-gathering tool that investigators can use at a crime scene for collecting chemical or biological samples.
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New ultrasound fingerprint identification
Diagnostic 3D ultrasounds of fingers could be used for biometric identification. The technology matches paired images using internal fingerprint structures that would be difficult to fake
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