Fingerprinting expert to advise Home Office review of leading forensic research


Dr John Bond from our Department of Criminology has been invited by the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Home Office, Professor Bernard Silverman, to provide him with details of the fingerprint research being undertaken by the University and also to assist is his compilation of a 'roadmap' of current fingerprint research in the UK and likely future directions. 

In recent years, Dr Bond has made a number of innovations in fingerprinting technology, including a technique to lift fingerprints from fired bullets and bomb fragments, and a technology to identify fingerprints on old receipts and ATM bills. 

In 2011, Professor Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Home Office, published a review of research and development in forensic science in a post-Forensic Science Service environment. Professor Silverman made several recommendations around the need to bring together academics, practitioners and private companies to work together to develop forensic science in the UK in a regulated fashion, with appropriate peer review of new technology and adequate Research Council funding for future research and development. 

Dr Bond said: "In light of the recent Government Chief Scientific Adviser’s 2015 report into forensic science and the recently published Forensic Science Strategy, Professor Silverman has decided to construct a survey of relevant current research in a number of scientific disciplines, starting with fingerprints. To commence this process, Professor Silverman has looked to the University of Leicester and has asked for my assistance in identifying the most relevant research into fingerprinting being carried out in the UK as well as the work being carried out at Leicester. Professor Silverman is particularly interested in examples of new technology now being used by practitioners and international collaborations on research, both of which the university is able to demonstrate. 

"This is government acknowledgement of the standing the University has in forensic science research and also our ability to advise where fingerprint technology is, and should be, going in the future."