10 May

New Crime Scene Stepping Plate Kit

Forensic Pathways are pleased to announce we have a new and improved carry case for our award-winning, unique and fully transparent crime scene stepping plate kits.

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The new cases have been developed with anti-contamination at the forefront of the design. In the UK, strict measures are in place to avoid contaminating the crime scene and jeopardising the integrity of the evidence collected.

Collaborating with the reputable Versapak, the kit is now housed in an all new easy clean carrying device. The high quality 600D waterproof and easy clean PVC material allows for prompt decontamination allowing it to be redeployed into the field much quicker.

Furthermore, the cases now incorporate improved anti-tampering security; cases now come complete with T-seal locking, meaning when a unique seal is locked to the case, the contents of the kit cannot be accessed without breaking the seal. Once plates have been decontaminated and sealed into the carry case, SOCOs can rest assured that the kit they use at a scene is not contaminated and will not jeopardize the integrity of the evidence.

Numbered T2 Seals are provided with each kit purchase and can be purchased separately upon request.

 

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The T2-Seal provide new, anti-tampering capabilities to the carry cases

The FSR (Forensic Science Regulator) have outlined anti-contamination policies which cite the use of crime scene stepping plates (see FSR-G-206 Issue 1), making them the ideal tool for anti-contamination.

For more information, get in touch today on +44 (0)121 232 3215

 

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14 Mar

Export Champions!

Forensic Pathways CEO Deb Leary OBE (bottom right) as Export Champion
Forensic Pathways CEO Deb Leary OBE (bottom right) with the team of Export Champions

Last week, Birmingham hosted the inaugural Midlands Engine Trade Summit, an exhibition celebrating and encouraging the continued growth of Midland firms exporting internationally.

The Midlands Engine is the long-term economic plan to achieve greater economic growth and productivity across the whole of the Midlands. Over 27,000 businesses across the Midlands Engine exported nearly £40 billion worth of products to over 100 countries in 2015 and the Midlands is responsible for 24% of England’s manufacturing output with particular strengths in automotive, motorsport, aerospace and rail.

Forensic Pathways proudly attended the event as CEO Deb Leary took to the stage as an Expert Champion; a high profile business leader from the Midlands region offering her expertise and advice to inspire companies to export and support existing exporters looking to expand into new markets. Addressing the 500+ delegate conference, Deb delivered an inspirational message highlighting the benefits international trade can bring to a business “Exporting adds real value to the brand, it promotes us as ‘Thought Leaders’“. Exporting internationally has done just that for Forensic Pathways, allowing the company to be positioned as industry leaders in forensic equipment and technology across the world, including South Africa, Germany, France, Italy, the USA & Canada and many more. In addition Forensic Pathways continues to provide Due Diligence and Fraud Investigation services internationally to both the public and private sectors.

Deb also touched on the importance of collaboration in the pursuit of international trade,

stating that “export enables us to create opportunity to work collaboratively with other industry experts”. As a result of international trade, Forensic Pathways have collaborated with ballistics experts Pyramidal, resulting in the collaboration of one of the most advanced, powerful and portable ballistic identification systems on the market, ALIAS. Furthermore, success overseas has generated even greater domestic success, and international trade has helped the company win business here in the UK as exporting globally means “we are seen as a global authority”.

Deb wrapped up the passionate speech summarising the drive, determination and support needed to thrive when trading internationally, referencing our very own Team GB “You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to be a part of team GB, but you do need the same passion and people supporting you. The Department of International Trade and its export champions are here to support you on that journey, as are the UK embassies within the country – you just need to ask. Exporting is great, Britain is great, now let’s do great business. Thank you.”

Deb Leary OBE on the Q&A panel addressing the exhibition

Deb Leary OBE on the Q&A panel addressing the exhibition

Check out Forensic Pathways’ video case study for the Midlands Engine Trade Summit here:
https://vimeopro.com/inspiredfilm/dit-films/video/204877998

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15 Feb

Lights, Camera, Evidence!

Since Alphonse Bertillon’s early 20th century photographs of homicide victims in France, the role of photographs in crime has grown exponentially, and the benefits of images in investigations can be monumental.

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Alphonse Bertillon used his metric photography system to photograph the murdered corpse of Madame Langlois on April 5, 1905

Images can play an integral role in criminal investigations, and given what a photograph may contain, it is imperative to explore imagery in order to reveal any evidence that may be crucial in solving a case. The use of Forensic Image Analyser (FIA) can greatly enhance the ability to exploit digital images and help grasp the uncovered information it may hold, for example by linking an image with its source device, thus transforming a photo into empirical evidence.

This ground-breaking technology has already had a big influence on the way in which evidence is approached, with Forensic Pathways collaborating with the Paedophile & On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT) of Sussex Police.

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In June 2014, Forensic Pathways was approached by Sussex Police for help in investigating the activities of Lee Mathews. The Company’s technology ‘Forensic Image Analyser’ was used to identify that the digital images on Matthews Apple iPhone had been taken by that device, as opposed to being sent to it or copied. Matthews had until that point denied that the video on one of his phones showing sexual activity with a child had been created on that phone. Through the use of Forensic Image Analyser (FIA), Forensic Pathways was able to show that the videos had indeed been created by Matthews’ iPhone, resulting in the successful conviction of the accused.

The ability to link digital imagery with its source device can act as a massive deterrent to offenders and help combat child sexual exploitation, enhancing the welfare of vulnerable children.

Read more on FIA here: http://tinyurl.com/oadvy8z
Read more on the use of photographs in crime…http://tinyurl.com/jm7525p

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09 Feb

Preservation is Paramount

“The important thing to remember is that forensic science begins at the crime scene, and it’s all going to be lost if that area of the crime cannot be properly preserved.” – Richard Saferstein (Former Chief Forensic Scientist)

The basic principle in CSI is that “every contact leaves a trace” – as such, here at Forensic Pathways, we understand that preserving the integrity of a crime scene is absolutely imperative when conducting CSI.  The Forensic Science Regulator has specified the importance of scene preservation, citing the use of crime scene stepping plates in order to reduce the risk of contamination at the scene whilst maintaining accessibility. Here at Forensic Pathways we combine industry practice with innovation; the result? The WORLD’s FIRST transparent crime scene stepping plate, designed and created by CEO Deb Leary, OBE.

Allowing CSI personnel the means to navigate a scene without jeopardizing the evidence, our transparent crime scene stepping plates fit the bill perfectly, allowing scene accessibility whilst maintaining complete visual awareness.

You can find out more about our industry-defining stepping plates here: http://www.forensic-pathways.com/clear-anti-contamination-stepping-plates/

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Our multi stepping plate kit (MSPK), complete with both Standard Stepping Plates and Stair Stepping Plates

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21 Jan

Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse National Conference 2016

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Forensic Pathways are pleased to confirm our attendance in exhibiting at the annual Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse National Conference 2016 hosted by Lancashire Constabulary & Leicestershire Police. – http://tinyurl.com/hvphoob 

The February event will explore a number of topics relevant to CSE, including how to tackle online grooming and abuse and understand more surrounding the acts of CSE.

Efforts to combat CSE are imperative, and through implementing innovative technologies such as Forensic Image Analyser, we can take one step closer to preventing the occurrence of such acts and protect the welfare of children.

 

Read more on FIA here… http://www.forensic-pathways.com/forensic-image-analyser/

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