Stow, K. M. (1994) Direct Lift-Enhancement of Blood Contaminated Shoe Marks by Leucho Malachite Green Impregnated Membranes, Journal of the Forensic Science Society, 1994, 34(4): 241 - 244


Stow, K. M. & Price, D. (1998) Method for Stopping the Over Development of Silver Nitrate Treated Finger and Footwear Marks, Fingerprint Whorld, Vol. 24, No. 93, July 1998


Stow, K. M. (2003) Focus on Forensics, 'Sticky Fingers', Jane's Police Review, February 2003


Stow, K. M. (2004) Best Practice at your Fingertips, Home Office Research Award Publication, 2004


Stow, K. M. & McGurry, J. (2006) The Recovery of Finger Marks from Soot Covered Glass Fire Debris, Science & Justice, Volume 46, No. 1 (2006), 3 - 14


Stow, K. M. (2008) Focussing on Quality,Fingerprint Whorld, Vol. 34, No. 131, January 2008


Stow, K. M. (2010) Bones, Bombs and Booze: An Exploratory Study of the Reliability of Marking Dissertations across Disciplines, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 34(6), 621-639


De Alcaraz-Fossoul, J, Mestres Patris, C, Barrot Feixat, C., McGarr, L. Brandelli, D, Stow, K. and Gené Badia, M. (2016) Latent Finger Mark Aging Patterns (Part I): Minutiae Count as One Indication of Degradation, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 61, Issue 2, 322-333


McGarr, L., Stow K.M., Hoskin, P. & New, E (2016) A Preliminary Study of Fingerprint Ridge Detail on Medieval Seals from Hereford Cathedral, Fingerprint Whorld Vol. 41, No. 160, 5-14

De Alcaraz-Fossoul, J, Barrot Feixat, C., Tasker, J., McGarr, L., Stow, K., Carreras-Martin, C., Turnbany Oset, J. and Gene Badia, M. (2016) Latent Fingermark Aging Patterns (Part II): Colour Contrast between Ridges and Furrows as One Indicator of Degradation, Journal of Forensic Sciences (Article accepted and awaiting publication)


Dr Karen Stow

Footwear Enhancement Techniques, Forensic Science Society Conference 1993

Importance of Scientific Support within the Police Service, GM Police 1993

Performance Improvement in Police Laboratories, ACPO Fingerprint Conference 2002

Effective use of SuperFume, National Fingerprint Laborator Seminar 2002

Effective use of Superglue Cabinets, IAFS International Conference, France 2002

Digital Imaging – Getting Started, Forensic Science Society Conference 2002

Success at your Fingertips,Key Note ACPO National Laboratory Conference 2004

Footwear Mark Enhancement Techniques, Fingerprint Society Conference 2004

Fingerprint Techniques in Fire Scenes, Teesside Fire Investigation Conference 2005

Success at your Fingertips re-visited, ACPO National Laboratory Conference 2006

ISO17025 Lessons Learnt from a Single Force, Forensic Regulators Conference 2010

ISO17025 Lessons Learnt from a Single Force, South Wales ACPO Meeting 2011


Luke McGarr 

National Fingerprint Elimination Policy, ACPO National Fingerprint Board 2006

National Fingerprint Elimination Policy, ACPO National CSI Board 2006

Review of the Ident 1 Service Desk,IDENT1 User Board 2006

Derbyshire's move to Forensic Identification, ACPO National Fingerprint Conference 2007

Glove Mark Identification, ACPO National Fingerprint Conference 2008

Glove Mark Identification, Fingerprint Society Conference, Wolverhampton 2011

Contextual bias, Forensic Science Society Conference York 2012
















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.