University of Leicester shares expertise on crime-busting forensics

Posted by pt91 at Mar 27, 2012 03:00 PM |
‘Smart Forensics’ one-day conference on Thursday 19th April 2012 at the University of Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 27 March 2012

University of Leicester experts in forensics will address a gathering of the UK’s top forensic scientists, academics, police managers and government officials when they come together in the city to discuss innovative and efficient ways to solve crime. As police budget cuts bite, and the national Forensic Science Service is closed, forces across the country are eager to maintain a high level of crime detection. The one-day event  is being hosted by the Dept of Engineering, which is one of the university departments heavily engaged in forensic science research and innovation, and will allow delegates to consider new, creative ways of working together.

Dr John Bond OBE, former head of Northamptonshire’s forensic science department and now a senior lecturer in Chemistry at the University is hopeful that significant collaborations will be forged as a result of sharing best practice: “Future success in this area is likely to be closely tied to projects that can demonstrate genuine collaboration between the police and academics and show real value for money benefits in terms of solving crime which, after all, is the aim of forensic science. 

It is now time to encourage and develop closer links between police forces wishing to innovate in order to maintain or improve their performance with less funding, and academics with the skills and knowledge to enable them to do so.”

One way to advance this collaboration, practiced for some time at the University of Leicester, is to set up formal agreements to work with police forces to identify areas for future development.   Recent examples of this at the University include research into stab injuries undertaken by the Department of Engineering and new methods of fingerprint enhancement by the Department of Chemistry that have received international acclaim and innovation awards.  In collaboration with Northamptonshire Police, the University developed revised criteria for Crime Scene Examiner attendance at crime scenes that resulted in a significant increase in crimes detected with forensic science. 

Joining Dr John Bond on the platform will be Professor Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office; Deputy Chief Constable Chris Eyre of the Nottinghamshire force, Superintendent Mick Stamper of the Northamptonshire force  and Professor Guy Rutty, Head of the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, University Hospitals of Leicester.

ENDS

For more information and booking:

go.le.ac.uk/smartforensics

Media contact:

Louise Third on 0115 912 4350 / 07773 288342

louise@integracommunications.co.uk

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Report by Mark Cardwell

 

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