INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES

Any or all of the following Investigative Services depending on the circumstances and the nature of our instructions:

  • Visiting crime scenes or sites of abuse to establish what happened
  • Performing post-mortem examinations
  • Collecting potential evidence for examination and analysis
  • Arranging for in-depth forensic analysis in one of our participating laboratories
  • Interviewing victims and witnesses
  • Designing investigative strategies featuring forensic science
  • Conducting any or all of the ensuing detective work
  • Providing regular updates including written reports on progress
  • Giving evidence on all of this in courts of law

Crime Scene Examinations

Our crime scene specialists examine scenes of crime or suspected crime to establish what happened there and the likely sequence in which events unfolded. This helps in the search for clues as to who might have been involved and often minute physical traces which might later provide a link with them. Even after the passage of time, it is always worth visiting such scenes as they give the best idea of the general environment in which the crime took place and may even yield some clues that have remained hidden for one reason or another.

In the internet age, a crime scene can also comprise digital devices – mobile phones used by perpetrators, web sites or telephony servers used to communicate or store information, et cetera. These devices can be located anywhere in the world and can yield valuable evidence. Special forensic skills are required to extract this evidence in a way that is admissible in court.

Collection of Potential Evidence

Our experts are well used to identifying the most likely items and samples from crime scenes, victims and suspects to provide evidence in support of an investigation. They are also well versed in the requirements of courts of law as to ‘continuity’ and ‘integrity’ – the ability to confirm the provenance of an item or sample (continuity), and that nothing happened to it which could have compromised the results of scientific tests on it (integrity).

In depth Forensic Science Analysis

IFT can call upon experienced forensic scientists across a very broad range of forensic expertise. Combined with access to networks including other specialist scientists, this means that there is virtually no limit to the types of physical traces that can be analysed and cross compared in pursuit of a particular investigative strategy. In practice, most work is focused in the following areas:

  • DNA in blood and other body fluids which may have been transferred from for example, offender to victim, or offender to a crime scene
  • Blood pattern analysis to provide information about how an assault was committed and who might have been responsible
  • Fingerprint examinations and comparisons to establish who might have been at a scene or handled critical items or, for example, to assist with unravelling voting irregularities
  • Paint, glass and other materials used in the construction of buildings which may have been broken into during the course of a crime
  • Drugs of abuse which may be the subject of a crime or play a part in the motivation behind a crime
  • Toxicological analysis of body samples to establish cause and manner of death
  • Archaeological excavations and anthropological examination of remains to assist with illegal burials and associated criminality
  • Interrogation of mobile phones, personal computers and other digital devices for links between people and places, and to predict, prevent, detect and recover evidence in relation to cybercrime
  • Shoe, tool and manufacturing marks to indicate who might have been at a crime scene or what might have been used to gain access to a premises or used as a weapon of assault
  • Firearms and ballistics to establish, for example, which firearm was used and from whereabouts shots were fired
  • Fire scene examinations to determine whether or not they were malicious, how and when they started and who might have been responsible
  • Textile fibres used in clothing and other fabrics to establish whether physical contact has occurred between people and places
  • Digital investigations to obtain evidence from computers and other digital devices used in an incident can also help establish what happened and who was involved

Much of the subtlety and power of forensic science comes in combining different areas of expertise where one type of evidence can be used to lead to another. This enables the secrets of crime scenes to be unlocked and information regarding possible offenders to be revealed.  By the same token, forensic science can also assist in exonerating those who have been wrongly accused or convicted.

Interviewing Victims and Witnesses

Our interviewers are all highly experienced in modern interviewing techniques which combine great sensitivity with an ability to get to the bottom of things through careful questioning. They compile individual contemporaneous records to avoid any misunderstandings or misinterpretations at a later stage, and immediate digests to ensure early dissemination of critical information.

Designing Investigative Strategies

The Senior Investigators leading our detective teams all have excellent track records in criminal investigation and put all their accumulated expertise and experience into designing the most imaginative and effective strategies for investigation. Owing to the strength of our forensic science resource, the latest forensic searching and analysis techniques are automatically included as an integral part of our investigative strategies.


Regular Written Updates

IFT teams work within a framework which features production of regular written reports. This helps to ensure that those commissioning our services are kept fully up to speed with our findings and conclusions, and it minimises any scope for misunderstandings and confusion.

Presentation of Evidence to Courts of Law and Other Tribunals

All IFT members work to a common Code of Practice which enshrines the essential principles underpinning any advanced court system. They are also well versed in preparing written Statements of Evidence and giving oral testimony.