Some of Our Projects

Research Projects

Imprint Project
Since January 2016 we have been working in partnership with Professor Philippa Hoskin, University of Lincoln and Dr Elizabeth New, Aberystwyth University on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project fusing forensic science with history.

The three year project is examining the un-investigated and incidental physical evidence of finger marks found on the reverse of medieval wax seals dating 1150 to 1350 in conjunction with information obtained from the seal and the written document to which it is attached.

The project looks at the perfomative act of document sealing, considering what information could be obtained about medieval social networks and the development of documents and sealing during this period. It also seeks to investigate from a Forensic Science perspective, the persistence and distortion of finger marks on the seals as well as investigating fingerprint uniqueness and new imaging techniques.

The pilot study conducted in 2014 showed there was significant information to be derived from the seals and the associated documents from both the historical and forensic perspectives which resulted in the successful application for funding from the AHRC.

For more information on the project please go to:

 

  https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/hh/history/historyresearch/medievalstudies/imprint/

Our first scientific paper from this project was published in Fingerprint Whorld, the Journal of the Fingerprint Society in April 2016 (Volume 41, No. 160, pp5 – 14)

Training & Teaching

Employability Short Courses

2012 to Present

 

Delivered to Undergraduate Students at De Montfort University, Leicester and Nottingham Trent University, Norringham 

 

  • Lecture
  • Tutorials
  • Job Application Practice & Feedback
  • Advice & Feedback on CVs
  • Job Interview Practice

Forensic Science, Forensic Mark Visualisation and Identification Courses

 

Provide teaching and assessment services for a number of Foundation, Undergraduate and Post Graduate Forensic Courses at;

 

  • Nottingham Trent University 2012 to Present
  • Lincoln University 2015
  • Staffordshire University 2015 
  • Wolverhampton University 2015 to Present

 

 

South Wales Police

 

Procurement

April 2012

 

Acted as Forensic Consultants, assisting South Wales Police to procure Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) for their Forensic Laboratory

 

Accommodation Review

July 2012

 

Acted as Forensic Consultants in an accommodation review of the Joint Scientific Investigation Identification Unit

 

Section Resource Review

April 2013

 

Acted as Forensic Consultants in a full resource and process review of a section of the Joint Scientific Investigarion Department

University Projects

 

Currently providing the following services to a number of Universities

  • External Adviser Services 
  • PhD Assessment
  • Short Courses
  • Research Assistance

Proficiency Testing

 

Working in partnership with Nottingham Trent University to deliver proficiency testing to all providers of forensic mark enhancement and mark identification services

Simultaneous Impressions Course

 

In partnership with Fingerprint Expert, David Fairhurst, Forensic Focus delivered a one day course in Simultaneous Impressions at the University of Derby which was attended by a number of Fingerprint Experts from a variety of Police Forces. The day was a huge success and further courses are planned for later in the year.

 

To enquire about future courses or to arrange a course to be delivered in your area please email info@forensic-focus.co.uk or telephone 07816 168759

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 delivery of training to a number of County Council and Emergency Service customers. Forensic Focus Limited is eligible to bid for work in two Lots (Lot 4 = Fire and Rescue Services & Lot 8 = Finance, HR and Law) each consisting of a number of subject areas which lend themselves to our specialist skills.

Proficiency Testing Accreditation Extended

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

Forensic Focus Limited in Partnership with Policing Matters Limited Win another Major Contract

In partnership with Policing Matters Limited, 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, will run for 4 years and can be used by the Police Service and all other Emergency Services.

With 300 suppliers originally expressing an interest in joining the Framework, we are pleased to announce that 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.  

Police Service and other Emergency Services can obtain more information from the Blue Light Procurement Database https://www.blpd.gov.uk or through Contracts Finder https://sid4gov.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/login

If you wish to procure any of the above services you can do so without the need for further competitive tendering by contacting us at Forensic Focus Limited. Engagement of services from the allocated Lots can be by call-off or through undertaking a mini-competition.

All enquiries regarding the Framework and the services we offer should be directed to Dr Karen Stow at karen.stow@forensic-focus.co.uk or by calling 07816 168759.

Please also feel free to find out more about our partner organisation by visiting www.policingmatters.co.uk

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.

 

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

Proficiency Testing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact and Appointments

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

 

07816 168759

 

or if calling us from overseas:  +44 07816 168759

 

Please also use our contact form.