Rapid Services / Custody

Work Stream Leads

John Cassella – Forensic and Crime Sciences Lecturer, Staffordshire University

Rebecca Cliffe – Forensic Submissions Supervisor, Staffordshire Police

Jodie Dunnett – Forensic and Crime Sciences Lecturer, Staffordshire University


Work Stream

Each of the 5 work streams identified by Staffordshire Police Forensic Services Department contains a variety of topic areas that require additional research and development through the partnership.  Some are reactive and others proactive, the areas identified for this work stream are listed below:

  • Quick Identification of Individuals
  • Forensic Checks against outstanding Crimes
  • Rapid DNA Analysis
  • Drugs Identification
  • Rapid Toxicology Analysis
  • Electronic Footwear Capture
  • Interview Package Presentation
  • ISO 17025 Implementation
  • Research and Development Opportunities
  • Use of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV)
  • Mobile Phone Data Extraction


Work Stream Aim

The work stream leads have identified the following key aim for the work stream:

  • To determine if any efficiency gains or enhancements can be made to forensic processes within Custody and Investigative environments.


Work Stream Objectives

To meet the identified aims the following objectives will be utilised:

  • Review the current forensic practice within Custody environments and associated Investigative processes.
  • Consider and research processes and technologies to facilitate and potentially enhance forensic practice.


Potential Projects

The following have been identified within the work stream as potential projects to take forward:

Rapid DNA Systems:

A Human DNA Identification Instrument, which can generate a DNA profile within three hours. The feasibility of utilising this within Staffordshire Police and the efficiency savings and Investigative improvements it could bring.

Electronic Footwear Capture:

Review and potential implementation of new footwear capturing technologies to improve image quality and coding abilities and also subsequent Intelligence opportunities.

Drugs Identification:

The expansion of drugs testing and identification abilities within force .


Helpful Definitions

Drugs Identification: The analysis of an unknown substance to determine if it is illegal under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971).

Toxicology Analysis: The examination of body samples/fluids to determine the presence and potential levels of alcohol and/or drugs.

ISO (International Orgainistation for Standardisation) 17025: An international standard set by the European Council. It is used in the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories to confirm and recognise the competence of the Organisation and its associated processes.