Luke McGarr FFS


Forensic Identification

Luke is a qualified marks comparison / identification expert trained to UK standards and has over 36 years experience in the field, with 17 years as a senior manager. Having commenced his career in 1978 at New Scotland yard, Luke has worked as a forensic practitioner and manager in a further 3 forces, Greater Manchester, North Yorkshire and Derbyshire. During that time he has dealt with a number of high profile murder cases including the recent murder inquiry into the death of Jia Ashton in Derbyshire. Luke has also had first hand involvement into a number of Disaster Victim Identification incidents including the Airtours fire at Manchester Airport, the Waco fire USA and the Dunkeswick Air Disaster North Yorkshire.       


He was the first in the UK to migrate a Fingerprint Bureau to a Forensic Identification Unit which encompassed footwear, gloves and tyre mark identification as well as finger marks.


Until recently he was a member of the National Footwear Training Governance Group established under the NPIA Forensic 21 project to ensure that footwear evidence is fit for purpose ensuring practitioners have sufficient training and competence to accepted levels. Luke is a member of the Skills for Justice Footwear Review Board, establishing the national role descriptors and national occupational standards for footwear examiners. Until recently he was a member of the NPIA Forensic21 IDENT1 User Board, the Bureau Practitioners sub group and the NPIA Expert Network investigating probabalistic based fingerprint analysis. He was also a member of the expert group involved in the move from the non-numeric standard in 2001 and the preparatory work leading up to that change. Luke also produced the UK Fingerprint Elimination Policy.


Forensic & Business Management

Luke has over 17 years experience as a senior forensic manager. He was a member of the ACPO E Forensics regional project team


Teaching, Training & Academic

Luke has lectured at a variety of Universities and has presented at a number of national conferences. Luke is a qualified L20 Assssor and a qualified European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Assessor, an ISO9001:2008 auditor and has a diploma in Business Excellence. He is a peer reviewer for scientific papers in his field of expertise and has significant experience in working with and assessing competence against National Occupational Standards. 

Forensic Focus Win Place on Two Further Training & Development Frameworks

In 2017 we successfully won places on a further two training and development frameworks; one for councils and emegency services in Yorkshire and the other for all councils in Scotland.

Proficiency Testing Accreditation Extended for Fingerprint Comparison

In 2017 Forensic Focus extended their accredited Proficiency Testing Portfolio by successfully extending our scope to encompas fingerprint comparison

For more information about our Proficiency Test Schemes please click the following link.

Proficiency Testing

UK Research Council Grant Awarded

Forensic Focus in partnership with the University of Lincoln and Aberystwyth University has been awarded a UK Research Council (AHRC) grant to conduct a three year resaerch project involving finger and palm marks recovered from medieval documents. For more information regarding the project please access Imprint or

Forensic Focus Limited Win Place on another Training Framework

Cumbria County Council Learning & Development Framework

In May 2016 we won a place on yet another training procurement framework. The Cumbria County Council Learning & Development Framework consists of several Lots for the training delivery to a number of County Council and Emergency Service customers. Forensic Focus Limited can bid for work in Lot 4 = Fire & Rescue Services & Lot 8 = Finance, HR and Law each consisting of a number of subject areas matching our specialisms.

FMAT Proficiency Testing Accreditation Extended

In April 2016 we successfully extended the scope of our ISO17043 Proficiency Testing Accreditation. Our FMAT Finger Mark Visualisation PT Scheme  is now accredited for Powder Suspensions, Physical Developer and Acid Dyes as well as the previously accredited DFO, Ninhydrin, Superglue, BY40 and light sources.

Forensic Focus Limited Win a Major Contract

Forensic Focus Limited as the lead organisation has been awarded a place on a UK wide Framework for the provision of Leadership Development Services. The Framework hosted by Devon & Cornwall Police, runs for 4 years and can be used by all Emergency Services.

We have been awarded places on 4 of the 6 Framework Lots as follows;

LOT 1 – Executive Leadership Programme

LOT 2 – Executive Development Programme (Individual)

LOT 4 – Leadership Team Development (Executive & Middle Management)

LOT 6 – Specialist Support for Learning Programmes

More details can be found by clicking here or by going to or through Contracts Finder

If you wish to procure any of the above services you can do so without the need for further competitive tendering by contacting Dr Karen Stow at or by calling 07816 168759.

Forensic Focus Limited Gain ISO17043 Accreditation for Proficiency Testing

On 1st October 2014 Forensic Focus Limited was awarded ISO17043 accreditation for the provision of Proficiency Testing for finger and palm mark enhancement / visualisation using DFO, Ninhydrin, Superglue, Basic Yellow 40 (BY40) and Light Sources.


We would like to thank those at Nottingham Trent University who helped to make this possible.











Contact and Appointments

Please contact us on the following phone number with any questions or to make an appointment:


07816 168759 (Dr Karen Stow)


or if calling us from overseas:  +44 07816 168759


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