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Kayleigh Sheppard

Kayleigh Sheppard
Course studied:
Forensic Science
Year of graduation:
2013

As graduates look back over their experiences at University, not many students would list murder reconstruction and post-mortems as particular highlights, but it has led forensic scientist Kayleigh Sheppard to the forefront of crime scene investigation research.

Since graduating with a first-class degree in Forensic Science in 2013, Kayleigh has joined forces with Staffordshire Police to investigate the potential of digital imaging technology in solving crimes and is now undertaking a PhD to further her research in this area.

“I was very excited, and felt very privileged that I was accepted for a placement with Staffordshire Police to conduct a project of my choice working alongside the Forensics Department,” says Kayleigh.

“The nature of the project I undertook gave me the opportunity to gain real world experience working with Scenes of Crimes Officers, where I could put my knowledge from University into practice.”

Due to the progress made with the project, and the response it received from Police staff, it was decided that Kayleigh should have the opportunity to continue with her research and develop it within a PhD.

“Our lecturers have inspired us to do things outside the university. At the conferences I’ve been able to network with employers and do everything to ensure I end up with a good job in the field.”

Now, Kayleigh is testing the use of the Spheron-VR Sceneworks technology, which consists of 360 degree camera and associated software which allows a visual file of a crime-scene to be uploaded and stored on a remote server where it can be accessed by authorised personnel working on the case.

It also allows for the addition of ‘hotspots’ which can point investigating officers to detailed physical evidence such as laboratory analysis of fingerprints and blood spatters; detailed photographs and even witness statements which can all be stored on the system.

“This PhD research will allow me to further test the efficiency of this type of technology within Police forces with the hope of implementation to aid in crime scene management and presentation.”