Forensic Investigation

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Participants completed an emotional intelligence test and a questionnaire requiring them to perform blood pattern analysis (BPA) on a bloodstained scene, using scenarios with different levels of biasing information. This research suggested that contextual and emotional bias does influence BPA and that emotional intelligence was a likely determinant.

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Looking at the data extracted from fitness device accounts can provide an interesting insight into an individual’s daily activities. But what if the person wearing a fitness device was the victim of a crime? What could the data from fitness trackers really tell us?

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Would you know the difference between Drugs and Explosive Material just by their appearance? A suitable field test has been established by using different Reagents and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy that examine the structures of different drugs and explosives, to determine why a colour change would occur during Presumptive Testing.

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Human tissue may fluoresce as it decomposes, which may aid Police searches in the detection of missing bodies underwater. Using Fluorimetry, Dual beam-LED lighting and Class-4 laser technology the fluorescence of water from an experimental decomposition environment was investigated. Preliminary findings suggest lighting techniques have a role in these searches.

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How does burning influence damaged porcine bone? Drill and screwdriver lesions were created on rib bones and burned in varying temperature and duration conditions. The damage before and after burning was documented and compared to identify if the lesions could still be recognised following thermal alterations, such as fracturing.

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Are the appropriate techniques used to recover latent fingermarks from a crime scene? A validation study in accordance with ISO 17020 to evaluate the performance of Aluminium, Magneta flake and Black granular powder, when lifted with crystal tabs or gel lifts on substrates that have been exposed to environmental conditions.

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This project aimed to find out the fate of any prisoners who were said to have not died in Alderney by undertaking desk-based research. 35 prisoners were researched, all prisoners' places of death were found except 2. Most Nazi killings were covered up with the statement 'shot for escaping'.

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This project focuses on the chemical effects on bones and understanding their destructive potential. Three chemicals were used to analyse this effect and to determine if their was as significant difference between the samples. using the necessary methods the analysis was completed.

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Canine, Chemistry or both? A study into the detection limits for human blood using analytical methods, compared with blood-detection dogs. The dog underwent the training process with blood; the same samples were analysed using automated Gas Chromatography and data compared.

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This project investigates different methods of the identification of saliva in expirated blood stains to distinguish from impact spatter. Two methods of body fluid mixture analysis were carried out, an enzyme based reaction and mRNA analysis using Real-Time PCR on varied mixtures of blood and saliva to resemble forensic samples.

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Does the level to which remains are burnt effect the growth and development of Caliphora vomitoria (Blow fly) larvae? 9 pieces of meat, 3 levels of burning and 300 flies were used to determine if the level to which the meat was burnt effected the weight and length of larvae.

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The use of a swinging arm moving at a known speed colliding with stationary glass and then measuring the distances they have travelled. Then using equations to determine the same initial velocity from the closest and the furthest distances the glass had travelled.

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The principal aim of the of the research was to identify whether there was a difference between polymer and paper banknotes. The banknotes were contaminated with cocaine and then extracted with methanol. The solution produced was analysed using a GC-MS method. Results of this will be presented at GradEX.

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Should we be developing new technologies to increase the value of fibre evidence? This study uses the image-processing software Fiji to enhance current forensic fibre examination and develop a new approach towards fibre finding.

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“Prisons in England and Wales have a serious drug problem – they have done for decades. There is every reason to tackle it” (Great Britain. Centre for Social Justice, 2015). Various methods were implemented on heroin soaked substrates including; DrugWipes, Marquis, FT-IR, Video Spectral Comparator (VSC) and an Itemiser 4DX.

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Medical examinations can be intrusive after forced sexual intercourse has occurred. This project is aimed at establishing whether the persistence of semen is impacted by menstruation and to determine if the sanitary wear could be collected as evidence and analysed for semen instead of swabs.

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Research to identify if a tampon can be used as an alternative method to swabbing during a forensic medical examination. Specific circumstance; a woman is a victim of rape and comes on her menstrual flow within 5 days since rape occurred. Which provides better results tampon or swabbing?

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Can a universal grading scheme be applied across animal hairs damaged by heat? Cat hair was exposed to a heated environment and the internal structure observed microscopically for any signs of damage.

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Can we replace older methods currently used with new techniques in the development of footwear impressions? Research by Steve Follows is currently being conducted to do just that. Removing the element of mess and the destructive impact of powder casting materials replacing previous methods with photogrammetry software.

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This project looks at how a persons' learning style affects preferred presentation techniques chosen from four groups: 2D Model, 3D model, 3D interactive presentation, and photographs of a crime scene. The crime scenes were digitally created using Autodesk 3Ds Max and Adobe Photoshop.

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Underwater crime scenes are known to be very challenging when finding evidence. This study explores this further by developing fingermark evidence that has been submerged in salt and fresh water for a period of time, through the use of black powder and wet powder suspension.

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Participants deposited natural fingermarks onto different surfaces, using the split-depletion method. They were developed with black magnetic powder or aluminium powder, then lifted with J-Lar or EASYLIFT. The fingermarks were graded and statistically analysed for differences in quality. The results of this project will be disseminated at GradEX.

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Fingerprints and DNA are both useful within a criminal investigation. The aim of the project is collecting DNA and a good quality fingerprint from the same sample to establish which method is better from wet and dry swabs and gel lifting. The results will be shown in the presentation.

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Identifying how long bodies have been in the water is important in assisting police-forensic investigations. Can aquatic microorganisms inform upon decompositional processes of a body in water indicating time since death? Using a mouse model, water samples were analysed over a 10-week period of decomposition and bacterial microorganism levels evaluated.

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Could someone have gunshot residue (GSR) found on them without being present at a discharging of a firearm? This research investigated how force of contact affected GSR transfer between 100% cotton garments using scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive x-ray analysis.

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Are current forensic processes the most effective? Academics constantly research new scientific methods and test existing methods to ensure forensic providers operate with the best knowledge and equipment in line with governing bodies such as UKAS. The latest standard in processing crime scenes is ISO 17020 which has been validated.

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This project explores how the use of different visual displaying formats (static image, video, interactive tool) have an effect on individuals, when exposed to injury maps of the deceased victim of crime.

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Sexual misconduct is a known problem at universities in the US, and also worldwide. This project explores what universities do to support students in the event of sexual violence in the UK, and a study to reflect the student awareness of these services was studied at Staffordshire University.

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Suppression of wildlife criminality is essential for a sustainable future. The study seeks to focus on investigative processes used to report, record and combat wildlife crime in the United Kingdom. Previous crime rates are assessed whilst selectively evaluating tactical approaches used in the attempt to control wildlife criminal activity.

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