Services and Expertise

Forensic Focus provide forensic and other related services covering a range of forensic disciplines, forensic management and Social Issues. These services are rooted in our experience from many years working within the forensic arena and the Criminal Justice System. Get a better understanding of our services and expertise here.

Proficiency Testing, Competency Testing & Quality Assessment Services


Working within state of the art laboratories at Nottingham Trent University, Forensic Focus provide Proficiency Testing Services in the areas of Mark Enhancement and Fingerprint Comparison. The Proficiency Test Schemes are designed to test all areas of the technical aspects of each area as well as quality assurance and continuity. It provides comprehensive feedback via a detailed report which also details information regarding inter-laboratory comparison of those laboratories carrying out the same processes.


Both Proficiency Test Schemes are ISO17043 accredited. 


Forensic Focus personnel are also able to provide consultancy services in the area of ISO17025, ISO9001, ISO17020 and ISO17043


For more information please contact via or call 07816 168759


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Education, Training & Academic Services

With a network of fully qualified Trainers, University Lecturers and Assessors with significant operational, management and research experience within their area of expertise, Forensic Focus are able to offer a number of teaching, training and academic services including;

  • Teaching & Teaching Cover
  • Assessment (Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, PhD)
  • Customised Training Courses
  • Employability / Careers Advice
  • Course Review
  • Course Design 
  • External Adviser Services & Course Validation
  • Short Courses & Continuous Professional Development
  • Competency Testing
  • Proficiency Testing

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Forensic & Business Management

Our team has a significant number of years experience in senior Forensic Management including management of Forensic Services Laboratories, Forensic Identification Units, Hi Tech Crime Units, and Crime Scene Investigation Departments in a number of organisations. We offer a number of services which will enhance the perfomance and quality of your organisation including;

  • Streamlining Processes
  • Performance Improvement
  • Quality Management Services
  • New Service design and Implementation

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Fingerprint Services


Taking of Rolled Impressions

We take sets of fingerprints for customers of a third party organisation for Visas, immigration, overseas police clearances and background employment checks.


Fingerprint Comparison (Civil Cases Only)

As a Proficiency Test Provider we believe it unethical to carry out any Fingerprint Comparison work within the Criminal Justice System but do undertake such work in organisation internal investigations and civil cases 


Crime Scene Investigation

With a fully qualified Scene Investigator, Manager and Coordinator with over 25 years experience, Forensic Focus are able to offer a number of services relating to Crime Scene Investigation including;

  • Cold Case Reviews
  • Scene Examination Reviews
  • Crime Scene Forensic Imaging 
  • Teaching & Training
  • Proficiency & Competency Testing


Media, Literature & the Arts

With significant combined experience in Forensic Services Forensic Focus can provide expert advice and guidance to television, production and casting companies as well as screen writers, documentary makers and authors.


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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


Please also use our contact form.