Workshop, winning and wondering

Trip Start Aug 08, 2009
Trip End Aug 30, 2009

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It is so very good to see how many like minded poeple are here at the conference. In the afternoons and evenings, to have the opportunity just to sit and talk about common problems, opportunities and hope for change is really rewarding. I have realised that it is just not possible to conduct one-to-one in depth interviews with people here because they are going in and out of educational workshops and lectures so the only opportunity to talk is between these (which run from 0800-1730hrs) and in the evenings you can talk on the table at meals but again, I dont want to monopolise them but the British accent seems to hold an appeal that holds attention and this is very useful!

I went up to the vendors stands today and was amazed at some of the products they have available to them - although some I am certain would raise questions in court if we used them!

The vairety and choice of products and IT systems both available and used within different states is mindblowing. You can choose from douzens of different swabs for blood and DNA recovery and the main practice appears to be air drying in boxes after recovery of buying swabs that have a built in drying product in the handle. There are many comparrison systems for fingerprints and i managed to catch up with the suppliers who the NIPA have been talking to. The system is really good and has the opportunity to cut down time in respect of chemically treated item mark recovery and processing. Its called FISH for short and you can look at more details on or

I decided to take a workshop on Luminol V Bluestar and was interested to get some really good material on this. I have a copy of the presentation on disc and a research paper as well as some samples to bring back home to demonstrate to my colleagues. If anyone is interested in the paper, let me know.

We also had the opportunity to play with the products. The items for treatment were placed on a bench and we were given gloves, goggles and an apron before making up the working solution and spraying. I managed to get a little overspray on my cheek from the guys working next to me. I'm glad I had my mouth shut for once) as we didn't get masks. The samples that you get I am told destroy DNA material so if you were thinking of getting a sample to use at scenes, I would not advise this. We also used after luminol a product called Starlight bloodhound which works really well in a fine spray on vertical surfaces and gives a better luminescence.

I met a colleague from the UK in this workshop form HOSDB and was interested in his views on the workshop.

I went up to the vendors stands again to get some samples and heard my name get called out on the microphone. I went to the front to discover that I had won a photo competition. You had to guess from old photographs some of the past presidents of the IAI. Anyway, my prize was a Garmin Sat Nav. How good was that??

I cant believe my luck you know. I won a Fellowship, I am meeting really helpful and keen people all of whom have volunteered to give time and efforts to my research and now  have won a competition.

I keep pinching myself and am covered in bruises!

Tonight I have been invited to attend a 'Flip Flops, Flamingos and Fun' event and will be attending with some of the local state board members. Should be fun.
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