Footprints at a crime scene provide evidence that can be as crucial as fingerprints and DNA in catching and convicting culprits. But exceptional expertise is required for them to be interpreted correctly and then stand up in court. This is the realm of forensic podiatry – taught to a high level at the University of Huddersfield. ?It is the only UK university that offers a Master’s course in the subject, led by one of the world leaders in the discipline, Professor Wesley Vernon. Now, it has a senior lecturer whose own research has led to the development of an advanced new system of footprint measurement at crime scenes.
|Dr. Sarah Reel
It has been dubbed the Reel Method and is beginning to be employed by forensic podiatrists and disseminated in specialist publications. It takes its name from the University of Huddersfield’s Dr. Sarah Reel, who developed the technique during her PhD studies, for a thesis titled "Development and Evaluation of a Valid and Reliable Footprint Measurement Approach in Forensic Identification".
Source: University of Huddersfield