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Virtual DNA lecture delivered to Chavasse Court Chambers

In News by Angela Shaw

Jonathan Whitaker was pleased to be invited to deliver a Zoom lecture on the 1st June to barristers from Chavasse Court Chambers, Liverpool, and instructing solicitors on aspects of DNA profiling. The lecture covered issues relating to DNA reporting covering the questions: ‘Whose DNA is it?; What body fluid has the DNA originated from? How and when did the DNA …

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PFS contributes to recently published FSR Codes of Practice for Sexual Assault Examinations

In News by Angela Shaw

The Forensic Science Regulator has published two documents today related to sexual assault examinations. These were initially drafted by PFS experts Julie Allard, Kevin Sullivan and Mike Scott-Ham, in conjunction with experts from Lime Culture CIC. We contributed to the development of the documents with the FSR’s Medical forensics specialist group and are delighted to see them published. They define …

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David Goodwin, Fingerprint Expert, joins PFS Expertise

In News by Angela Shaw

PFS is very pleased to announce that David Goodwin has joined us with immediate effect. David started his career in fingerprints at New Scotland Yard in 1979, during his 10 years with the Metropolitan Police he worked on many general and specialist teams within the Fingerprint Bureau including Fraud and Anti-Terrorism. He also spent 3 years working as a ‘District …

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Roger Robson Joins PFS Expertise

In News by Angela Shaw

PFS is very pleased to announce the addition of Professor Roger Robson, a leading expert in the forensic examination of textile fibres and hairs, with over 40 years experience, to our portfolio of experts.  Originally rooted in the Forensic Science Service for 20 years, Roger trained in various disciplines and specialised in micro-particle examination, analysis and evaluation. Having now amassed …

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FSR Codes of Conduct and Practice – Issue 5, April 2020

In News by Angela Shaw

There are a number of important updates to the FSR Codes of Practice and Conduct for forensic science providers in the Criminal Justice System. The document can be accessed here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/forensic-science-providers-codes-of-practice-and-conduct

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PFS’ Julie Roberts describes some unusual crime solving…

In News by Angela Shaw

Julie Roberts is quoted in the Institute of Engineering & Technology journal ‘Engineering & Technology’ regarding some of the extraordinary forensic casework she has been involved in. Julie is the consultant forensic anthropologist and archaeologist with PFS and recently became a Lecturer in forensic anthropology at Liverpool John Moores University. Please find the link here: https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2020/03/non-fiction-forensics-weird-ways-in-which-real-world-crimes-have-been-solved/?sf231733031=1

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Jonathan Whitaker presents to the ODPP

In News by Angela Shaw

Following the conclusion of his evidence at the Claremont Killings trial Jonathan gave a lecture to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in Western Australia. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) is the independent prosecuting authority for the State of Western Australia, responsible for the prosecution of all serious offences committed against State criminal …

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Forensic Science Regulator Annual Report 2019

In News by Angela Shaw

This is the fifth annual report from Forensic Science Regulator Dr Gillian Tully. The report covers the period between 17 November 2018 and 16 November 2019. The annual report: informs stakeholders of the Forensic Science Regulator’s priorities, progress and plans evaluates what has been achieved identifies areas where more work is required identifies the main risks to forensic science quality …