The Devil is in the details: an exploratory study into ridge detail recovery through the application of Gel Lifters to post-blast examination

Outhwaite, Georgina (2016) The Devil is in the details: an exploratory study into ridge detail recovery through the application of Gel Lifters to post-blast examination. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Within modern day investigation, there is an increasing requirement to achieve "more, better, quicker" forensic science (Mennell & Shaw,2006). This dissertation investigates the application of gel lifters and their subsequent enhancement process to post-blast examination with regards to the contemporary requirements, in order to determine its suitability to this application and any benefits it may have to the field. Arguably, within the current climate where terrorism is becoming a rising threat, there is an increasing requirement for forensic techniques with the potential to procure viable results, quickly and efficiently in order to identify and apprehend individuals involved. The potential for the successful application of this technique to terrorism investigation, as exemplified within this study, suggests the possibility of broader utilisation both throughout the UK and internationally. Using primary data obtained through systematic experimentation, this study explores the effectiveness of the gel lifting process in the recovery of ridge detail from highly contaminated post-blast IED fragments. Optimistically, this research discovered that the characteristics of the gel lifting process lend itself to this application and by extension the possibility of obtaining viable ridge-detail from post-blast fragments. However, it was identified that further research is required in order perfect this practice and maximise evidence recovery, though this should not negate the more subtle successes of this research.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 10:04
    Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 10:04
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22371

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