New Techniques Examined at Finger Mark Development Conference

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Some of the UK’s foremost experts on finger mark identification and enhancement were in attendance as Foster + Freeman played host to the first formal meeting of the National Fingerprint Development Laboratories Group since 2012.

Held at the Foster + Freeman Headquarters in Evesham, Worcestershire, the one-day conference gave forensic examiners from police laboratories across the UK a chance to learn about the latest techniques and technologies that are improving the quality of finger mark development.

Speaking at the event were, June Guiness OBE FCSFS of the Forensic Science Regulation Unit, Vaughn Sears of the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology, as well as speakers from UK Police Authorities and Universities.

Representing Foster + Freeman on the day was Dr. Roberto King who was demonstrating the company's’ new IR fluorescent fingerprint powder, Natural 1. A subject of great interest amongst the conference attendees, Natural 1 is the first of it’s kind, a wholly organic and safe-to-use dusting powder which, when illuminated with Blue or Red light, fluoresces brightly in the Infrared waveband.

The powder, which can be applied directly to latent or cyanoacrylate fumed fingerprints, allows examiners to view high contrast prints while eliminating background patterns and colours that may otherwise have obscured crucial details.

In coming years Natural 1 and IR examination technology is expected to play a vital role in the detection of fingerprints on the UK’s new generation of polymer banknotes that are scheduled to enter circulation in 2016.