The FIAG was founded in May 2003 in London by a group of practitioners from diverse backgrounds that had led them into the field of identification of people from imagery. Initially the group was called ‘Facial Imagery Analysis Group’. However, it soon transpired that imagery analysis and identification from imagery encompassed more than just faces so the name was changed to ‘Forensic Imagery Analysis Group’. This opened the group up to more members and allowed a greater span of knowledge input into the group. The main purpose of the group forming was to come together to discuss methods, terminology and expression of opinions so that we could better understand each other outside of a court room.
Over time, with the number of cases involving imagery analysis, the courts have become more familiar with the nature of the evidence we give and with the development of the Levels of Support Guidelines published by the FIAG in 2008 it is now much easier for the courts to determine where experts agree or disagree.
The requirement for further standardisation and development in the field has been around for sometime but it is quickly becoming a necessity with the call for methods to be validated and laboratories to be accredited. The focus of the FIAG today and in the future is to become a widely recognised group committed to the development and standardisation of Forensic Imagery Analysis.
Our aims are:
The FIAG are very pleased to be joining the CSFS and we are looking forward to a very productive future.
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success” – Henry Ford
Jacqueline Pestell is a Senior Forensic Imagery Investigator at LGC and has been the Chair of the FIAG since May 2013. Jackie is currently on maternity leave and the acting Chair is Steve Lamb a Senior Video Analyst ay Key Forensic Services Limited.
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