The future of forensic intelligence

Hastings, Loren (2015) The future of forensic intelligence. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This thesis seeks to establish the present understanding and implementation of forensic intelligence within British policing, with the aim of to advancing the capabilities of forensic science for intelligence purposes. The research culminates secondary and primary sources from national, international and military sources; combining the plethora of knowledge within such fields in order to produce a rounded and considered discussion.
    The present literature pertaining to forensic intelligence is highly encouraging, with numerous examples of effective operationalization. However, the operational reality is somewhat different; with forensic intelligence strategies marginally operational and utilised to a soupçon of their potential within British policing. This thesis therefore looked to utilise secondary literature and primary interviews to address many questions; comparing and contrasting the findings of secondary literary analyses with the primary opinions of key individuals. Interviews were conducted with four individuals from various backgrounds, all with first-hand experience of forensic intelligence, in order to ascertain a detailed account of the present realities, and future of forensic intelligence within an investigative context.
    The culmination of research findings into a critical discussion draws attention to the present limitations and impediments pertaining to the integration of forensic intelligence within an investigative context. The amalgamation of data established that the present model of British policing is far from able to integrate forensic intelligence strategies successfully. This thesis outlines the transformation and revolution required within policing, should forensic intelligence become an integral aspect of investigative policing, whilst simultaneously presenting the remaining challenges for scholars to further facilitate the understanding and acceptance of forensic intelligence within investigative policing.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 12:42
    Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 12:42
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/18993

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