FORENSICS CONNECT TEAM
JONATHON BROOKS FDSC BSC
Jonathon completed his bachelors degree in forensic science at Teesside University, undertaking his dissertation in conjunction with Durham Police dog headquarters investigating the application of chemistry to the training of blood detection dogs. Jonathon is now undertaking a PhD in the department of chemistry at the University of Leicester, investigating the volatile organic compound (VOC) profile of decomposing material, in the intent of developing greater training aids for cadaver dogs as well as the creation of a more accurate method of determining post-mortem interval (PMI).
He has consulted in the training of national and international police dog handlers to inform them of the implications of using certain cadaveric material in the training of cadaver dogs. Alongside this, he also advices on a series of cases, providing chemical approaches to both active and cold case investigations. In addition to this, Jonathon lectures at the university of Leicester, delivering chemical aspects of forensic science and the implications of quality in forensic investigations.
Jonathon manages the research aspects of the taphonomy facility, collaborating and communicating with universities and forensic institutions worldwide to bring a world class research centre. This research fuels the training of law enforcement, crime scene investigators, international groups and university institutions. Current collaborations include Leicester Royal infirmary (LRI), University of Technology Sydney, University of Staffordshire, and UK-K9 (private detection dog service)
DR JODIE COULSTON MCHEM
Jodie completed her MChem degree in Chemistry with forensic Science at the University of Leicester. After this, she then went on to complete a Ph.D. in Forensic Chemistry in collaboration with the Home Office. Her research expertise covers latent fingermark development and visualisation as well as crime scene investigation and management. One of the highlights of her research saw the delivery of outreach to police forces and forensic laboratories nationwide. This project showcased a novel fingerprint development technique developed at the University of Leicester and was the focus of her master’s dissertation. Jodie headed the administration of the Identification network at the University of Leicester – a large scale collaborative project exploring the nature of identification from the scientific aspects to the law aspects. Jodie is a Lecturer in Forensic Studies at the University of Portsmouth.
BENEDICT RODBOURNE BA (HONS) MSC. MCSFS
Benedict is a forensic archaeologist based in the UK and The Netherlands. He holds a bachelors degree in Archaeology from the University of Winchester and a Masters of Science degree in Forensic Archaeological Science from University College London. Prior to joining Forensics Connect as the consultant Forensic Archaeologist and one of the course leaders, Benedict has worked on many archaeological sites in various countries in Europe as well as assisting with forensic archaeological investigations in the UK. In 2011, he worked in the Forensics Unit for the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon based in The Hague predominantly assisting with evidence recovered from crime scenes. Since 2008, Benedict has been part of an international disaster response company where he has worked as a team leader and team member and has responded to multiple airline incidents, terrorist attacks and man-made disasters. In between his forensic archaeological and disaster response work, Benedict has taught and continues to teach and guest lecture at various universities, colleges and forensic institutes in the UK and Europe to a wide range of students from police officers, professionals in related fields and full time students. Benedict is also a professional full member of the Charted Society of Forensic Science and is on the council for the British Association for Human Identification (BAHID).
DR SAMUEL RENNIE BSC
Sam completed a PhD in Biological Anthropology at the Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). His PhD research focused on human postcranial skeletal anatomy with a speciality in pelvic morphology and looking at the current methodologies surrounding sex determination. The other side of his research looks at biostatistics, or more precisely, the application of multivariate analyses and how they can be used within biological anthropology.
His current research involves Paleomigration studies of the Americas, focussing on the Pacific Coast and Mexico. This is a multidisciplinary project involving skeletal, archaeological, geological, and biomolecular analyses. This project is in collaboration with several institutions from the UK, Europe, USA, and Mexico.
Sam has presented research both locally and internationally in a variety of mediums on areas surrounding forensic identification, human skeletal anatomy, osteoarchaeology, human evolution and biostatistics. This has also lead to providing CPD accredited workshops for UK professionals in forensic anthropology.
Sam is currently a consulting Forensic Anthropologist, Search and Recovery Specialist, and I.T Specialist. He has also assisted on several forensic cases as a Forensic Anthropologist at the Forensic Anthropology Research Centre housed at the University of Pretoria
Martin Grime is a very experienced, highly qualified and recognised Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Expert Witness in relation to the use of detection canines within Law Enforcement investigation of homicide and child abduction.
He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at The Police, Law and Forensics School, Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent and The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham both in the UK. His role being to conduct research and provide insight of canine detection principles to students for forensic related studies.
His expertise lies in search, interpretation of intelligence, canine applications, scientific research and development, training, program management and operational deployment. He is well respected within the scientific community for his ‘proof of concept foundational’ approach and application of scientific principles to the development of canine olfactory detection.
His research focusses upon the application of detection dogs and complimentary analytical science to predict the location of clandestine graves and in the recovery of trace evidence.
Martin’s experience spans 40 years of Military and Law Enforcement service. Having completed 10 years’ military service Martin transitioned into law enforcement. 22 years’ service with South Yorkshire Police (SYP) included SME support to the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA). Upon retirement from SYP he formed his own company and provided services to such entities as the European Defence Agency (EDA), Irish Prison Service, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Australian Federal Police (AFP), States of Jersey Police, Police Scotland, England and Wales. These services included Operational Mission Review processes, Mission support, Search training, development of canine programs and the provision of search resources.
He has been pivotal in the recovery of many missing persons, homicide victims and forensic evidence in support of the conviction of offenders.
Martin has been instrumental in the improvement and development of canine detection resources and was responsible for the development of the first ever Forensic Human Blood Specific Trace Evidence Detection canine resource.
He is now in the process of publishing experiential material and researching topics that will assist law enforcement in locating clandestine graves and recovering forensic evidence in relation to homicide and false allegations of abduction.
DR KATHERINE BROWN BSC
Kat Brown completed her BSc in Forensic Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Portsmouth, and completed her PhD in Forensic Entomology, under the supervision of Dr Michelle Harvey, in 2012. Kat's undergraduate and PhD work focussed on age estimation of blue bottle flies, in particular the pupal stage, devising new and more robust methods for estimation of post-mortem interval from entomological evidence. She has since been conducting research into entomology and other aspects of forensic taphonomy, both on land and in water, including exploring factors such as wrapping, burial, fire and gunshot. Kat is the course leader for the BSc Criminology and Forensic Studies degree at Portsmouth and works as part of the Forensic Innovation Centre including advising Hampshire Constabulary on collection and analysis methods. Kat is also part of the Forensic Investigation and Technology Information Network - a group of Forensic Scientists, Police personnel and Practitioners from all over the UK, working collaboratively to provide better awareness and education for forensic science.
David Jones is a professional dog handler who has worked within the law enforcement sector for many years in various countries including the USA, Japan, Russia, Spain, Croatia, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Oman to name a few.
Over the years David has amassed many qualifications and holds current licences and certificates for;
Qualified Submerged Water Search Dog Handler (Current)
Qualified Cadaver Search Dog Handler (Current)
Certified NASDU Trainer Instructor for Search & Rescue (Current)
Holder of Gold Medal Professional Dog Handlers Award for Devotion to Duty
35 years with Mountain Rescue in United Kingdom (Awarded the Queen’s Golden &
Diamond Jubilee Medals - (2002 & 2012)
Awarded Croatian Silver Medal for Services to Mountain Rescue
Awarded honorary rank of Captain of the Spanish Army reservists (2019).
David is also highly experiences in Kennel Management (including centre staffing, welfare and hygiene) as well as kennel design for civilian, emergency service and military specifications.
He has spent over 15 years as a SARDA Dog Handler/Instructor/Assessor and was a former Founder Member, Team Leader, Dog Handler, Instructor and Assessor with British
International Disaster Search & Rescue Dogs. In the field David has also assisted and lent his skills attending earthquake and natural disaster situations as a dog handler and Team Leader in both El Salvador & Turkey. For 21 years David has also shared his knowledge and skillset working with Croatian Mountain Rescue Service including introducing Search &
Rescue Dogs and Search Management to the service.
Humanitarian work has also been an area in which David has been able to put his skills to the test, working in countries including Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Mozambique including human remains/cadaver search for the Commission for the Disappeared (Ireland) - 2008
More recently, aside from his continued work with UKK9, David is involved with training;
Submerged body detection dogs with UK Emergency Services alongside Police dive teams
Training students on the NASDU certified Cadaver Detection and Submerged Victim
Detection Dog and Handler
Organising, hosting and presenting at seminars relating to search & rescue. work, dog
handling and research and development in the field
Collaborating with various UK Police Forces on cold case investigations
Lead instructor for NASDU Endorsed Overseas Programmes for the Army, Police,
Mountain Rescue and Fire Search & Rescue Service in Spain and Poland.