The PW Allen award is presented to the most meritorious paper published in Science & Justice each year.
The PW Allen Award is given in memory of Phillip W Allen. Phillip W Allen was Vice President of the Society from 1976-1978. Phillip was instrumental in bringing to market the first micro cameras. These were first used by the Metropolitan Police in the Spaghetti House Seige in the late 70's. The company continues to manufacture and sell a range of anti-terrorism equipment. They include explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) bomb search and detection; bomb technician tools; and Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) equipment used to stop remote detonation of bombs.
Awarded annually to the best or most meritorious research paper published in the Society’s Journal in the preceding year as decided by the Council of the Society.
The award is confined to members of:
The award winner is an “Editor’s choice” as chosen by the Honorary Editor of the Society’s Journal and ratified by the Council of the Society. The “Editor’s choice” is chosen from research publications published in Science and Justice within a given year considered using the following criteria:
Council members who are authors or co-authors of eligible papers should be recused from the ratification process.
The award is in the form of a wooden shield bearing a suitable inscription on a brass plate and adorned with a coloured replica of the Society’s Coat of Arms set on a precious metal medallion, together with a scroll in honour of the award. The award is presented to the principal author, however, co-authors can purchase additional medals if they so wish.
Presentation of the award is usually at the annual dinner (AGM).
The Society will cover travel (to a maximum allowance of £200*) and accommodation for a 24 hour package to the principal author or 1 nominated author. Presentation of the award is usually at the annual dinner (AGM).
The following papers received the Society's PW Allen Award:
YEAR - AUTHOR(S)TITLE OF PAPER
2015 - S Cadd, M Islam, P Manson, S BleayFingerprint composition and aging: A literature review.
2014 - G Reed, K Savage, D Edwards, N NicDaeidHyperspectral imaging of gel pen inks. An emerging tool in document analysis.
2013 - N Attard Montalto, J Ojeda, B J JonesDetermining the order of depostion of natural latent fingerprints and laser printed ink using chemical mapping with secondary ion mass spectometry.
2012 - M Grima, M Butler, R Hanson, A MohamedenFirework displays as sources of particles similar to gunshot residue.
2011- R Palmer, G PolwarthThe persistence of fibres on skin in an outdoor deposition crime scene scenario.
2010- R Puch-Solis, I Evett, S PopeCalculating likelihood ratios for a mixed DNA profile when a contribution from a generic relative of a suspect is proposed.
2009 - R. Palmer, W Hutchinson, V. FryerThe discrimination of (non-denim) blue cotton.
2008 - J.Buckleton, C.Triggs, F.Taroni, C.Champod, G.WeversExperimental design for acquiring relevant data to address the issue of comparing consecutively manufactured tools and firearms.
2007 - T.W. BiermannBlocks of colour IV: The evidential value of blue and red cotton fibres.
2006 - P.A. Bull, R.M. MorganSediment fingerprints: A forensic technique using quartz sand grains.
2005 - T. Hicks, F. Schütz, J.M. Curran, C.M. TriggsA model for estimating the number of glass fragments transferred when breaking a pane: experiments with firearms and hammer.
1996 - C.G.G. Aitken, T. Connolly, A Gammerman, G. Zhang, D. Bailey, R. Gordon, R. OldfieldStatistical modelling in specific case analysis.
1994 - D.A. Castle, B. Gibbins, P. HamerPhysical methods for examining and comparing transparent plastic bags and cling film.
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