David Goodwin

Specialism: fingerprints and finger marks

I am a Fingerprint Expert with over 36 years’ experience in the field of identification of persons by their ridge detail. I am a qualified and experienced Crime Scene Examiner and Crime Scene Manager.

I am the former Head of Fingerprint Services for Northamptonshire Police and I established and managed a United Kingdom Fingerprint Bureau for over 19 years. This Fingerprint Bureau had 20 professional members of staff with a range of specialisms and with a budget of £750,000 per year. Whilst employed by Northamptonshire Police and also the Metropolitan Police I was registered with the Home Office as a Fingerprint Expert (registration number 568).

During my career with Northamptonshire Police I project managed 3 separate installations of AFIS systems and Livescan implementations.

In 2008 I started my own Forensic Consultancy – Fingerprint Associates Limited – and now have diversified into training and consultancy as well as my core business of providing an independent view on fingerprint related evidence and associated crime scene matters within the United Kingdom.

Internationally since 2008 I have undertaken the following projects and assignments:

I was contracted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to train and establish a fingerprint capability in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. This involved the training of the staff from a base level, the procedure writing for that Bureau and the system acceptance testing of their AFIS system.

I have undertaken work on three different projects in Nigeria (outside of the UNODC project) involving the analysis of thumbprints on disputed ballot forms, culminating in 7 hours in a witness box giving evidence to a Tribunal in Asaba, Nigeria.

I was involved in the chemical treatment of items and the subsequent preparation of evidence for an alleged bribery case; this resulted in a Court appearance in Fanling Magistrates Court, Hong Kong to present that evidence.

In September 2012 I undertook the training of specialists of the South African Police Service in Johannesburg on the ‘Development of fingerprints using chemicals’.

In May 2013 I was contracted to review the training needs of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Fingerprint Department, recommendations from this visit will result in further inputs to the Jamaica Constabulary Force Fingerprint Department.

In April 2014 I was contracted, as a result of the TNA undertaken in 2013 to run a series of training courses for the Jamaica Constabulary Force Fingerprint Department, consisting of Foundation level refresher training, Intermediate level ‘ACE-V’ and ‘Ridgeology’ training, an ‘Introduction to Fingerprint Development using Chemicals’ and Evidence preparation and presentation training.

In October 2104 I was contracted to provide training on Fingerprint Chemical Development techniques and also AFIS training for the State Security Bureau of Qatar for one month.

In 2015 I ran an Initial Fingerprint Course for the JCF.

I have also undertaken pieces of work for the International Criminal Court in The Hague and in the United Kingdom have undertaken work for the Criminal Cases Review Commission and have reviewed a number of appeals against fingerprint evidence dating back many years.