Dean Northfield

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Forensic Investigation - Department of Forensic and Crime Science

  • Module leader

  • Independent project supervisor

  • Project lead for higher education STEM project in recording video resource / lectures

Project Lead for HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Funding) Project

  • HEIF funded project for the development of forensic case presentation software

Current Teaching Modules

  • Recording the Crime Scene (Module Leader)

  • Crime Scene Documentation (Module Leader)

  • Facial Recognition

  • Introduction to Forensic Science

  • Introduction to Forensic Practice

  • Forensic Multimedia (Module Leader)

  • Introduction to Policing

  • Techniques in the Identification of Human Remains

About Me

I am a practitioner who has worked for West Yorkshire Police as a VIPER Officer (2 Years) then an Imaging Officer (6 years) eventually progressing to Senior Imaging Officer.

Finishing my time within the West Yorkshire Police’s Forensic Multimedia Unit.

I began working part time for the university in 2011 then eventually leaving the Police and joining the University as a lecturer and HEIF project lead in 2012.

I have many years of real world and case experience having been involved in a number of interesting and high profile cases including Op Paris (Kidnap Shannon Mathews) Op Pinstripe (Bradford Crossbow Cannibal) as well a working for external agencies such as SOCA (Serious and Organised Crime Agency) on large scale drug importations (Operation Chaplin and Operation Dearly) among many others.



  • Crime Scene Attendance for the acquisition of photography / video / reconstruction

  • Video / Stills Surveillance

  • Evidence gathering for public order

  • Image Enhancement

  • Video Editing

  • EPE (Electronic presentation of evidence)

  • Forensic Multimedia



Dean Northfield
School of Law, Policing and Forensics
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
Stoke on Trent
t: +44 (0)1782 295932