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City hosts first 'CSI-UK' summit
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Organisers hope the conference will boost crime detection rates
Crime scene investigators from across the UK are to meet in Leeds this week for their first national conference.

About 100 forensic intelligence experts from 48 police forces have been invited to share their crime-fighting ideas.

The conference was the brainchild of Det Sgt Martin O'Farrell, scientific support intelligence manager at West Yorkshire Police.

"I am convinced that by sharing ideas we will increase the national detection rate for priority crime," he said.

He said the landmark event at the city's Queen's Hotel, on Monday and Tuesday, would help forensic experts "focus on the most effective ways of using the clues yielded by forensic science to catch more criminals and solve more crimes".

High-profile speakers

The event will cover a broad range of topics on the use of forensic data to detect crime and also focus on areas such as automatic facial recognition technology and the use of footmarks.

Speakers include Dr Michael Townsley, a senior researcher at the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science and Christopher Cross, a retired Det Ch Supt from Northamptonshire Police, who is a leading expert on investigative technology.

Robert Green, who heads the Forensic Science Section of the Home Office Police Standards Unit, and Richard Pinchin, from the Forensic Science Service, will also address delegates.

Det Sgt O'Farrell said: "Forensic intelligence isn't only about catching criminals.

"By understanding the offending patterns of our criminals, we can target our crime prevention activities to reduce further the number of crimes committed within West Yorkshire."

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