James Holding

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James is a highly experienced marks expert and photographer with an extensive range of skills and expertise.

Prior to joining ArroGen Forensics, James was employed by the West Yorkshire Police as a Forensic Marks Analyst, specialising in the examination of footwear, and the enhancement of fingerprints and related marks. This police background has given James the opportunity to develop a particularly broad range of skills through full crime scene training (SOCO) and attendance at multiple major crime scenes in his capacity as footwear and chemical enhancement (FERRT) expert.

ArroGen Forensics is unique amongst external forensic suppliers in that it offers fingermark enhancement services from its specialist Marks Laboratory. James is ArroGen’s Fingermark Technical Lead and was instrumental in the laboratory’s UKAS 17025 accreditation in this area. The utilisation of this fingermark enhancement, in conjunction with firearms examination and DNA recovery, ensures that examinations are expedited and that the recovery of forensic evidence is maximised.

James assisted the National Policing Improvement Agency in the development and implementation of both the National Footwear Database and the National Footwear Specialist Learning Programme. Through James’ experience, we are able to offer bespoke training packages for Footwear Examiners at all levels from Coding through to Expert level and can provide a full package to include ongoing mentoring and support.

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