Far-flung forensics: Australian police scientist visits Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Aug 10, 2011 03:00 PM |
Forensic scientists at the University of Leicester received a visit from Brett Scott, a representative of the Australian Federal Police, last month.

As a Crime Scene Scientist based in Canberra, Brett was interested in seeing our forensic science research first hand during a fact finding mission that was taking place at the University.

He met with Dr John Bond who in 2008 developed, along with researchers at Leicester, a state-of-the-art technique for visualising fingerprints on metal. He spent much of the day in the laboratories in the Department of Chemistry with PhD students Ann Beresford and Alex Goddard, and with Psychology doctoral student Matthew Tonkin who discussed his work on case linkage.

Brett has since returned to Australia armed with copies of research papers and with the promise of future collaboration.

I am really pleased with my visit to the University of Leicester.  I am impressed with the extent of research in forensic science, not just into new ways of finding physical evidence like fingerprints but also the study of what the police can do to solve more crime with forensic science.  Many of the crime related problems we face in Australia are similar to what I have heard about over here so I'm sure that a lot of what I have learned can be used back home.
Brett Scott, Australian Federal Police

The development in fingerprinting has gathered great interest from police forces in the US and now, as of Brett’s visit, in Australia too. Dr Bond said of the visit: "I have been pleased to host a visit from Brett of the Australian Federal Police and to show him some of the forensic science research being carried out at the university.  I'm hopeful that this visit will lead to some collaborative research between the university and the Australian Federal Police in the future."