UQ Forensic Reasoning Workshop

The first practitioner-based UQ Forensic Reasoning Workshop was held at The University of Queensland on 25-26 March, and we welcomed Bruce Comber from The Australian Federal Police, Duncan McCarthy from the Queensland Police Service, Sophia Arulappu from the Victoria Police, Cameron Forsyth from New South Wales Police, and Gary Edmond from UNSW Law. Jason Tangen, Matthew Thompson, Rachel Searston, and Ruben Laukkonen from the Expertise & Evidence Lab presented some of their latest research, and we spent two days devising future experiments on expertise, discussing various training and recruitment practices across the states, and developing a contemporary model of expert testimony. We learned a great deal about the everyday operations of fingerprint bureaus, examiners’ workflow, and how expertise develops. We are looking forward to visiting each of the forensic branches across Australia in the coming months to test some of these ideas and discuss them further with other examiners.