Cold Cases – Training the Trace Examiner
Roger Robson, Visiting Professor, School of Law, Policing & Forensic Science, Staffordshire
University. Immediate Past President, CSFS
Not everyone has the skills required to take on a cold case. There are a range of skills that will assist and it is
possible to train some scientists to do this. This is a brief introduction into the experiences gained by working
in trace evidence on a range of high profile cold cases and exploring how to pass on those skills to future
Roger has over 40 years’ experience as a forensic practitioner; accumulating a broad range of experiences working
in both the private and public sectors, as well as extensive experience, working for both sides of the judicial system.
Originally rooted in the FSS, being trained in various disciplines and specialising in micro-traces (mainly textile fibres
and hairs). By 1992 he was considered by his peers to be an ambassador for this discipline and was instrumental in
setting up the ENFSI Fibre Working Group where he continued to travel and lecture extensively. He left in 1998 to
join Forensic Alliance at its inception and went on to become Head of Homicide & Cold Cases in LGC Forensics. In
2007 Roger moved on to become the Managing Director of Forensic Access.
Roger considers that he has had a very fortunate career due to the early groundwork and mentoring form the very
best scientists. This propelled him to gain experience from the most complex of cases. As a result, he has been
involved for the past 20 years in many high profile cases in the UK and most recently in Western Australia.
Roger currently works for Acumé Forensic Ltd and continues to consult as a practitioner in micro-traces. He is a
Visiting Professor at the School of Law, Policing & Forensic Science, Staffordshire University.
Roger joined the Society in 1979. He soon became the Society’s Link Person for the Wetherby FSS Laboratory. He
has been a Fellow since 2010 and is currently our Immediate Past President.