innovators in the design and manufacture of systems for the examination of questioned documents, latent fingerprints, trace evidence and shoe prints.

Forensic Science and Document Examination Equipment

  • Forensic Science Equipment
  • questioned document examination
  • Fingerprint Evidence
  • Forensic Trace Evidence
  • alternate light sources
  • Forensic Science Equipment


foster + freeman design and manufacture market-leading systems for the examination of questioned documents, latent fingerprints, trace evidence and shoe prints.

Established in 1978, foster + freeman has become one of the foremost forensic science equipment suppliers in the world, exporting market leading, and in many cases unique products from the United Kingdom to more than 155 countries worldwide.

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 forensic science equipment






 document examination workstations

 fingerprint detection examination and enhancement  

 instruments for the analysis of trace evidence

 forensic alternate light sources





Questioned Documents

Foster+Freeman are recognised world leaders in the field of questioned document examination. Our range of VSC instruments can be found in airports, border controls, government security agencies, banks and forensic laboratories worldwide.

Fingerprint Examination

Innovators in the field of latent fingerprint detection, our product range includes traditional methods as well as exclusive new and novel techniques.

Trace Evidence Analysis

Foster+Freeman's advanced instrumentation increases the value of forensic trace evidence by enabling examiners to compare and identify minute fragments of evidence using a range of techniques. 

Forensic Light Sources

With the Crime-lite® range of forensic light sources Foster+Freeman have pioneered the use of high intensity LED illumination for the search, detection and examination of forensic evidence both at the crime scene and in the forensic laboratory.

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A comprehensive imaging system for the detection, capture, and enhancement of almost any type of fingerprint on any surface or background to ensure that maximum detail is revealed.

Precise wavebands of illumination from UV through the visible to IR are provided to improve the visualization of every type of fingerprint whether it be latent, contaminated or chemically treated.

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IR Fluorescent fingerprint powder

FINGERPRINT DEVELOPMENT portable infrared crime scene examination FORENSIC LIGHT SOURCES

fpNATURAL®2 NIR-NIR fingerprint powder

Developed by researchers at Foster+Foster, fpNATURAL 2 is the first reported example of a NIR-NIR fluorescent dusting powder for the visualisation of latent fingerprints.

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Beyond Visible Imaging

A new range of Crime-lite® forensic light sources, with UV-Vis-IR camera attachment, enable crime scene and laboratory examiners to detect traces of evidence beyond the limits of human vision.

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IR-powder-polymer banknotes

UK Home Office recommends fpNatural IR powder amongst most effective treatments for the visualisation of fingermarks on polymer banknotes

Tests carried out by CAST sought to identify a new treatment for inclusion in the Home Office Fingermark Visualisation Manual







Will the UK's switch to polymer banknotes bring an end to counterfeit currency?

The UK's new polymer bank notes are cost-effective to produce, incredibly durable, and contain advanced security features that could never have been implemented using traditional cotton-based currency.



Study identifies IR fluorescent powder amongst most effective fingerprint processes

Home Office researchers have ranked fpNatural powders amongst the most effective techniques for developing fingermarks on the newly minted UK £5 note.



foster+freeman receive prestigious award for innovation 

Researchers at foster+freeman are celebrating being presented with the 'Highly Commended' ADS Security Innovation Award


 Border Security Technology

Securing Europe's Borders with VSC Technology

With record numbers of migrants seeking asylum in Germany, the country's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has invested in the latest document examination tech from foster+freeman