RESEARCH TITLE: Investigation and development of interpretative methods and data for the evaluation of forensic footwear examination

Abstract: The aim of the research is to investigate the methods currently used in the UK and internationally for the interpretation of forensic footwear evidence. Synchronicity and differences between the methods will be identified with a view to developing best practice and standardisation of procedure. As part of this, an assessment of the appropriateness and reliability of reference data will be made and options for better sharing of data explored to facilitate standardisation.

About Danyela – click here to [read more] I am currently the Forensic Services Manager for Lancashire Constabulary, managing the Scientific Support Department which comprises CSI, Fingerprint Bureau & Fingerprint Enhancement Lab, Footwear Unit, Quality Management Team, Forensic Investigations Unit and Regional Drugs Facility. I am also the national lead for forensic footwear examination, chairing the National Footwear Operations Group.

I joined Lancashire Constabulary in 2003 as the Footwear Analyst, evolving into the Footwear Unit Manager, with responsibility for Forensic Research, DNA database submissions and Forensic Imaging, as well as Footwear, before achieving promotion to my current role in 2016.

Prior to this I worked for the Forensic Science Service, reporting DNA, blood pattern analysis, footwear and alcohol analysis.

I completed a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science with the University of Strathclyde in 1996; as part of my studies I was lucky to spend 3 months undertaking an internship with the NYPD forensic lab, looking at FTIR analysis of paints & fibres. I also have a BSc in Chemistry and am a Chartered Chemist and member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Outside work, I am married with a daughter and dog. I am an avid reader and a member of a reading group at a local book shop. I also enjoy walking & Pilates.

I am undertaking the MPhil/PhD part-time on day release from my job & have received a bursary towards by fees from the College of Policing.[/read]

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Danyela is a PhD researcher at the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science.


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