‘Operation Recall: 500 years….’
Catherine G Turner OBE BSc (Hons) MCSFS, Scientific Adviser – Cold Cases, Eurofins Forensic
The forensic review of historic offences has now become commonplace in the UK with many notable
successes. The key to positive outcomes lies with investigators, scientists and others within the CJS working
collaboratively, patiently and openly together; meticulously exploring background information, thinking
laterally and utilising the latest techniques.
Operation Recall is West Yorkshire Police’s large-scale sexual offences cold case review project and has been
running for the last 16 years. This presentation describes the partnership approach between the parties
involved and the processes used, and is illustrated with a variety of case studies – including the value of
‘re-reviews’ and the use of techniques such as familial searching.
Catherine has been a forensic scientist since 1988, and has attended scenes of crime, presented expert
opinion in court, and provided training to others. Over the last eighteen years she has specialised in historic
case reviews, and was the National Lead in this area for the Forensic Science Service prior to its closure.
Catherine is co-author of the 2005 Home Office ‘Good Practice Guide: Cold Case Reviews of Rape and Serious
In May 2012 Catherine joined Eurofins Forensic Services (formerly LGC Forensics) as a specialist in forensic
case reviews, where she continues to promote excellent scientific practice and a partnership ethos as the
keys to successful forensic re-investigations.
Catherine was awarded an OBE for her work in this area in 2013, and has received sixteen commendations
from within the Criminal Justice System. She was also part of the team nominated for the South Yorkshire
Justice Awards 2009.