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Helen Earwaker

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The use of wet powder suspensions as part of a treatment sequence to develop latent fingermarks on semi-porous surfaces

PREVIOUS DEGREES
BSc Forensic Science and MSc Forensic Science from Staffordshire University

PREVIOUS JOBS
I worked as a Forensic Recovery Officer for Northumbria police in their fingerprint development laboratory. This involved the chemical development of fingermarks from crime scene samples in the lab and at the crime scene, the recovery of trace evidence, and the use of forensic light sources to enhance the appearance of bruising on bodies.

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...
Chichester, West Sussex

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC
To combine my academic and industry links through research which is of direct benefit to the operational field of fingermark development.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Chemical latent fingermark development techniques. I am particularly interested in the increased use of Wet Powder Suspensions on semi-porous surfaces, and their effectiveness over time. I am also interested in working to bridge the gap between academia and operational forensic science in the area of fingermark development.

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING
I like to travel, listen to live music, and cook (not necessarily at the same time!)

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS
I would like a job that is either academic or industry based but allows me to work and transfer my skills between both areas.

WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM
I am particularly interested in working with CAST as I need a fingerprint development lab in which to carry out my research! I am keen to forge links with CAST as their research directly impacts upon and informs the work of police force fingerprint development officers. They are a particularly important organisation to work with at a time when there are many changes and new challenges facing fingermark development in the UK, with the necessity for ISO17025 accreditation and the closure of the FSS.
I am also keen to collaborate with police scientific support departments, fingerprint development officers, fingerprint experts and private forensic providers.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

CONFERENCES ATTENDED
Future Security 2012, Bonn, Germany