The Forensic Capability Network (FCN) Visual Technologies Research Group (VTRG) is a collective of academics, consultants, forensic practitioners, and law enforcement with expertise in the developing field of 3D forensic science (3DFS) that was established in 2020. This short communication provides an oversight into the development of the working group and 3DFS as a new subdiscipline of Forensic Science. As a collaborative venture, the VTRG provides a platform to create and disseminate knowledge and experience to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and strength of partnerships across the criminal justice system. So far, the VTRG has established a user network and has gathered intelligence regarding the current use 3DFS across England and Wales. A clear demand for 3D services has been identified, however, the lack operational guidelines, standardised operating procedures, training or certification, ethical recommendations, quality assurance policies, or formal oversight remains a concern. The VTRG therefore aim to focus future work on promoting effective knowledge transfer and supporting the empirical research that underpins best practice guidance.
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- 3D imaging and printing
- Forensic science
- Best practice
- Visual technologies
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging