Leicester forensic experts to teach on American CSI summer camp

Posted by er134 at Jul 03, 2013 03:40 PM |
Forensic experts from the University of Leicester will teach on a Forensic Sciences CSI Summer Camp from July 8 to 12
 Leicester forensic experts to teach on American CSI summer camp

SJSU CSI Camp Day 1 (2012)

Dr John Bond OBE, of our Department of Chemistry, and Dr Lisa Smith, of our Department of Criminology, will attend the camp hosted by San Jose State University, California, and discuss the importance of forensic science, such as identifying and correcting miscarriages of justice, and other aspects of criminal investigations.

Experts in the field of forensic science and criminal justice, both Dr Bond and Dr Smith are Associate Directors and founding members of the University’s Sir Alec Jeffreys Forensic Science Institute. Sir Alec Jeffreys’ pioneering work in DNA fingerprinting has become vital in the field of forensic science.

Both hope to offer the students a critical perspective on forensic science, discussing how the DNA database differs between the UK and US, and move away from the assumptions about forensic science that shows like CSI help to create.

The duo will also be helping to oversee a mock crime scene in which a violent assault involving firearms has happened. Students will then use their acquired knowledge in fingerprinting, footwear pattern analysis, DNA fingerprinting and other techniques, to assess the scene and identify the attacker.

The trip will also offer the opportunity for both experts to visit colleagues in the San Francisco Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to discuss ongoing collaborations.

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