SPECIALIST FORENSIC SERVICES

Solving the most complex cases

Forensic Access and the University of Reading have established Specialist Forensic Services (SFS) to provide investigators with easy and immediate access to an extended range of specialist scientific skills and expertise to help solve especially difficult cases. In the world of major crime investigation, niche expertise can sometimes help to unlock a case. This can involve anything from identifying tiny traces of foreign material on a murder victim, to dating ink on a document or determining from which part of the world an unidentified body may have come. SFS provides investigators with the gateway to all this expertise and the means to combine it seamlessly with other aspects of their investigations.

SFS Services Include:

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A Helpline for initial advice and contact details for appropriate specialists

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Bespoke outline strategies for individual cases
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A single point of contact throughout the lifetime of an enquiry to facilitate communication

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Management of forensic specialists to ensure professional, coordinated delivery of services
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Regular progress reports and technical briefings to optimise use of emerging findings

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Awareness training for police personnel to maximise the forensic potential of crime scenes and avoid loss or compromise of evidence
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A focal point to facilitate transition of forensic research into operational practice

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Forensic Ecology

for expertise and evidence types associated with outdoors including Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology, Soils, Vegetation – Botanical profiling and fragments of plant material such as Leaves, Seeds and Pollen grains (palynology) and Diatoms, Plant DNA, Plant pests and pesticides, Plant pathogens and Plant toxins, Forensic Entomology (insects) including insect DNA.
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Forensic Zoology

for evidence associated with animals including identification and comparison of Animal Hair/Fur, Feathers, Fish scales, Bite marks and other damage, and Non-human DNA in relation to wildlife, domestic pets, foodstuffs, and insects.
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Advanced Chemical Analysis

for variously identifying, comparing, dating and/or sourcing physical traces including Building materials, Paper and Inks, Counterfeit goods, fire Accelerants, Weapons, Ammunition and Gunshot and Explosives traces, Textile fibres, Industrial enquiries and databases.
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Human Traces

for help with e.g. murder enquiries and missing persons including Search and recovery in all physical environments, Geographical origin of human remains, general and specific identifiers such as advanced DNA, Odontology, Facial recognition and reconstruction, Clothing pattern recognition e.g. on CCTV, Linguistics (Voice recognition, regional Dialects, and text Authorship), Age at death, Time since death, nature and time of Last meal, complex Toxicology, Drugs in hair, computer aided crime scene Reconstructions.

In addition, and reflecting the critical importance of finding evidence in the first place, and understanding what it means in the context of a specific case, SFS also provides:

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Specialist searching

of items and their packaging including by specialist lighting and enhancement techniques, standard, one-to-one, and zonal taping, and specialist microscopy
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Holistic assessment of results

and statistical interpretation including of combined evidence types.

Broad range of specialist services

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Specialist Search – including land water search

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Forensic Anthropology

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Forensic Archaeology

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Botany and Palynology

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Diatoms

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‘Post-Mortem Interval’ (PMI) using radio-nuclides & entomology

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Comprehensive poison screening

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Time since last meal

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Geo-provenance of humans

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Specialist DNA (including ancestral DNA)

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Facial recognition and re-construction

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Linguistics and text authorship

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CCTV (including clothing recognition)

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Odontology

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Dyestuff identification

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And many more (just ask!)

For independent world class forensics

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