Physical and Contemporary Issues

Work Stream Leads

Neil Lamont – Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences Lecturer, Staffordshire University

Rachel Bolton-King – Associate Professor, School of Law, Policing and Forensics

Megan Needham – Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences Lecturer, Staffordshire University.

Samantha Danton – Footwear Screening officer and Forensic Submissions Manager, Forensic Services, Staffordshire Police

Adam Kaplan, Digital Forensic Configuration Coordinator, Quality Services, Staffordshire Police.

Work Stream

Each of the 3 work streams identified by Staffordshire Police Forensic Services Department contains a variety of topic areas that require additional research and development through the partnership. The Contemporary Issues part of the stream is overarching across all streams in the partnership. The additional number  of leads allows some resilience and the ability to assist other streams where required. By its very nature it allows flexibility to deal with an emerging theme or piece of work.  Some are reactive and others proactive, the areas identified for this work stream are listed below:

  • Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) capture & viewing
  • Environment scanning
  • Links with CSFS
  • Ongoing Research and development – Develop new R&D opportunities to feed into other work streams
  • 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

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:

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

Potential Projects

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

  • Rapid DNA
  • NABIS / Staffs Police Processes
  • Rural and Wildlife Crime (Development of partnership)
  • Rural Road Safety Issues

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.