Our first session of the afternoon was with Sue Procter, a former police officer with an incredibly clear way of explaining things. She and current Scene of Crime Officer David Wright talked us through a few processes we would be using later in our crime scene; taking moulds of footprints, dusting for prints in various ways and taking fingerprints. Read More…
A Break In. A Theft. Find The Evidence. Analyse It. Solve The Crime!
Can You Do It?
Free fun and exciting drop in 29th July, everyone welcome. Come and visit us at our crime centre Lodge Street, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield. HD8 9DR and help track down the criminal behind “The Great Art Heist”. this is a family friendly event and is suitable for all ages. Doors open 10am last entry 3pm.
- Learn how to develop and identify fingerprints like the professionals.
- Use digital micrscopes to look at hair and fibres
- Make a composite picture of the criminal
- Examine soil and footwear marks
- And much more…
Tickets are free and available
Read a totally independent blog by Jessica and Glen following a visit to one of our recent events.
“I was looking for something different to do for Glen’s birthday and found out about a CSI experience! We are both obsessed with true crime podcasts so this fitted our interests very well. Glen and I attended Think Forensic in Huddersfield to participate in an adult CSI experience day. The three hours…………..more
At Think Forensic, we are proud of our vision to help as many people as possible engage with and have fun with Science. From Primary schools to Corporate training we see the advantage of using Science to learn and develop.
Recently we were approached by a student looking for help with her EPQ and we were delighted to assist; Please read a small summary of her work assisted by Think Forensic.
My project on the development of forensic science and how it has had an impact on the way crimes are now solved.
I am an 18-year-old college student who is doing the EPQ (extended project qualification). For those of you who haven’t heard of this, this is an extra qualification you can do, and you are given the freedom to choose any question you would like to research about with a dissertation and presentation produced at the end of this.
I decided to research on the developments of forensic science and whether they have had an impact on crime solving. I am a biology and chemistry student who in my free time enjoys looking at case studies and watching documentaries on new developments in crime investigating. This is the main reason why I based my question on forensics as it’s a topic I’m very much interested in and passionate about.
There were many things I needed to research when it came to be writing my dissertation such as, going back to the past and to talk about where forensics had originated from, all the way to the modern developments used widely today. In addition, I also researched on the future of forensics and the developments which haven’t quite reached the surface but are still being worked on such as the rotating camera device. This takes photos of a scene and a software programme puts this all together. When in the courtroom the jury can virtualise the actual crime scene along with others and have a feeling of walking around the room.
After all my research and essay had been completed, the final step was to present my findings and show people the outcome of my project. I was given a display board which I could put up some of the areas I investigated. Things which were displayed were: fingerprints of my own, I did this by using an aluminium fingerprint powder and some fingerprint lifters and mounts given to me by ‘Think Forensics’, case studies such as how ballistics was used in John F Kennedys assassination, some down points of forensics such as cross-contamination in Meredith Kerchers investigation, facial reconstruction, forensic dentistry and fingerprinting. I had also displayed a forensic suit, to give people an idea of what is usually worn by forensic scientists and explained why it was vital for it to be worn.
The presentation was amazing and sharing my ideas and findings to others felt incredible. Of course, if it weren’t for ‘Think Forensic’, I wouldn’t have been able to set up my presentation and display it the way it was with actual equipment used in forensics to show others a real representation of some techniques used in forensics.
An enquiring mind, excellent communications skills and a detailed approach to work
For many people, the world of a CSI is seen as a viewer, while watching one of your favourite TV shows or world-famous detective but in reality, it’s all about detailed scientific observation and real-time methodical collection of facts, figures and evidence; once all this is started then the ability to communicate clearly and efficiently is paramount to solving any incident and providing evidence that can sustain real scrutiny.
At Think Forensic all our team are real-life professionals who have worked real-life incidents from start to conclusion; with this, in mind, we thought you would like to read about some of the topics we share with you on our experience days.
- Blood and body fluids – we show you blood spatters and collection techniques and why these can crack a case
- Hair and fibres – how important these are to connecting and identifying suspects
- Paint and glass fragments – what they lead to and how
- Tyre marks – how to cast a mould and the importance of observation
- Flammable substances and use in starting fires
- Communication skills – how to easily share information
- Interview techniques – how to question a suspect and what you need to do to read body language
The above are just a few things that Think Forensic can teach you, but that’s not all; we can adapt our skills and scenes to make fun training and great parties at our bespoke venue (the only one of it’s kind) with real crime scenes all set up ready for your own personal experience.
We love to encourage young people in the sciences and run school ‘science clubs’ that encourage young people to engage in science and develop a love for it. Great clubs and fun events for all ages like the ‘missing carrot’ and the ‘author’s workshop’ or taking Corporate training to a new level of fun and interaction where you get to use and improve your skills and build your team confidence.
Give us call for a chat about how we can make learning fun. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01484 860 599
My husband bought me a course here for Christmas because I’ve always been fascinated by forensics and crime scene investigation. We attended yesterday and it was sooo good! Paul and Sue were friendly, funny and incredibly experienced so kept us all engaged the whole time. Learning about finger prints, shoe print casting and collecting fibres and hairs was great. The ‘crime scenes’ are really detailed and well thought out. I have so much respect for CSIs and the whole police team who investigate crimes. Thank you Sue and Paul for being so welcoming and showing us how it all works!
Hi my name is Millie, I came to Think Forensic for my work experience. I found the placement through my volunteering. I met Sue from the company at a district meeting for girl guiding, which I started when I was doing my bronze duke of Edinburgh award nearly two years ago, I continued for my silver award. I showed an interest in Think Forensic as when I was listening to Sue’s talk. I thought what an amazing experience it would be to work with people who also have a large interest and a wide knowledge of forensics, that was over a year ago. The reason I chose Think Forensic for my work experience as forensic science and entomology has been an interest of mine since I was 5, I am currently 15 and studying in my last year at the Mirfield free grammar and sixth form. I have been at my work experience for a week and it has been a brilliant experience, it has allowed me to use my team building skills along with acquiring more knowledge on forensics as a whole, it has also given me the chance to meet new people. It has opened my eyes to new opportunities, including bringing my family and friends along to the CSI experience as it’s a fun experience for all.
There have also been elements of my work experience that may have felt a bit boring, for example, having to make up spreadsheets for contacts, but even if this was boring, it has allowed me to improve my technological skills and organisation skills. There has also been elements of my work experience that have been very enjoyable, which include helping children throughout the experience to see how they react to life like crime scenes. I also enjoyed making the template Halloween costume and modelling for it! In addition to forensic workshops Think Forensic also run science clubs in schools. I was able to experience one of the sessions with Debbie at St Aidan’s primary where we worked with KS2, this allowed me to use my chemistry skills and work with younger children.
Overall my work experience has been brilliant, I would advise anyone who is wanting work experience and is interested in forensics and entomology, but also enjoys working with a team and acquiring knowledge and skills to apply for Think Forensic. I would like to thank the staff at Think Forensic for also being so welcoming and helpful within my experience as a whole.
We spend a lot of our time in schools; we also work extensively with various community groups, individuals and businesses – talking about, and demonstrating, numerous forensic techniques. And one of the areas we discuss in detail is fingerprinting.
There are hundreds of ways to capture fingerprints at a crime scene, which are influenced by such things as the surface the fingerprint is on; the condition of the print; whether it’s a full or partial print; the surroundings and atmosphere (inside or outside, for example); and many other things.
But if someone is a non-secretor (non-secretors make up between 15% and 25% of the population), though they may leave some semblance of a fingerprint behind, there’s usually not enough DNA/information within it to identify the criminal. So, does this mean they could they get away with murder…?!
How many times have you watched a police interrogation on the TV and heard the words ‘No comment’? It’s usually when the suspect is ‘bang to rights’, after evidence has been unearthed that’s practically indisputable. When they’re cornered.
Anyone in this situation may think that, by saying nothing, they’re avoiding further incrimination. But answering ‘no comment’ may actually make their situation worse. Read More
Having dipped our toes into the world of authorship and all things literary, we’re under no illusion how unique and valuable our expertise and knowledge is to the community of crime-writers across the U.K. (and beyond).
Our most recent event, in May 2017, was attended by new writers – whose books were still a mass of notes and swirling ideas; and those further down their writing journey – with finished manuscripts ripe for tweaking. The workshops, for the former, saw plot lines sprout and wend. For the authors who had carved out their tale of murder and mystery, the sessions enabled them to hone their theories, develop their perpetrators and saviours, and bring true authenticity to their work.
It seems that journalists can get a little too into their job. The fascinating story of Macedonian news reporter/serial killer Vlado Taneski in 2008 made the headlines, unsurprisingly, but it was the desire for a good scoop in today’s 24/7, always-switched-on world that was at the root of the whole thing.
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