We are delighted to announce that at the recent Fingerprint Society AGM there was a clear majority vote to formally merge with CSFS to form a Fingerprint Division.
As you may already be aware, the Fingerprint Society held its AGM at the annual Educational Conference at College Court, Leicester. Prior to the meeting they contacted all paid up members asking them to vote on a proposal to merge with The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. The CSFS CEO Dr Anya Hunt and Karen Stow, The Fingerprint Society President together with members of the Committee were all present at the AGM. They facilitated a full and frank discussion prior to the results being announced. The Fingerprint Society AGM minutes will be published in the near future which will detail the issues discussed. Details will be made available on the Fingerprint Division area of the website which is now under development.
A working group has now been set up which comprises of representatives from the Fingerprint Society Committee together with the CSFS CEO, The President Elect (Professor Martin Evison) and Treasurer (Peter Ellis). The aims of this group will be to oversee a smooth transition and to ensure that the negotiated terms of the merger are achieved. The first meeting of the working group took place on Saturday 21st May and now we are starting to put initial plans in place.
From now until early 2017 Fingerprint Society Members will see little real change – they will continue to get their Fingerprint Whorld journal as they do now and plans are already starting to facilitate the annual educational event for April 2017. However, in addition, you will receive affiliate level membership to CSFS, which includes online access to the CSFS suite of publications at no cost to yourself. Further details will follow soon. You will be contacted with full details of access before the end of June. In addition CSFS will offer all Fingerprint Society Members an additional 10% off member rates for all CSFS events running between July-December 2016. All these details will be included in your welcome letter.
Current CSFS members who want to know more and find out how to get involved with the newly formed Fingerprint Division should contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. This is extremely exciting times for both organisations.
The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
Copthall Bridge House, Station Bridge
Telephone +44 (0)1423 790 391