Mr David Goodwin
Primary Area of Expertise
- Fingerprint analysis & comparison
- Fingerprint development on a variety of surfaces
- Crime Scene evaluation (fingerprint related)
- Cold case review
David started out at New Scotland Yard and has been working in fingerprint identification since 1979, gaining his Expert status in 1984. David spent a number of years attached to various Police Stations throughout London as a District Fingerprint Officer examining many hundreds of crime scenes ranging from Theft of Motor Vehicle through to Murder.
In 1989 David left the Metropolitan Police and moved to Northamptonshire initially as a Scenes of Crime Officer, undertaking scene examinations of all types. Towards the end of 1989 and as a result of a National review into the closure of the Regional Fingerprint Bureau, David was offered the position of Head of Fingerprint Services. During the next few years, David worked on the first linked AFIS system in the UK which enabled cross border searching for the first time. The system database for this AFIS was based just outside of Seattle in USA and gave David the opportunity to work there for a number of months. This work, combined with work done during the second implementation of the AFIS system a few years later earned him a Chief Constables Commendation for his efforts.
David has 'project managed' the installation of both NAFIS and Livescan into Northamptonshire Police and also the redesign and build of the Fingerprint Development Laboratory.
David also lectures at a major University and undertakes training for a well-known forensic equipment manufacturer. David acts as a Consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on forensic matters and has recently completed a project in Nigeria on their behalf.