Mr Peter M Swann Fae, Ffs, Mcsfs
Mr Swann is a Consultant and has considerable experience in all aspects of fingerprint and crime scene work and following army service in the Royal Military Police, he joined the West Riding Constabulary in 1955, transferring to the Fingerprint Department at Wakefield in 1957. In 1971he was appointed Head of Department in the rank of Detective Chief Inspector, a post he held for 13 years and in this capacity, he commanded a staff of over 100 personnel, examined all types of crime scenes and was the final arbiter in respect of fingerprint identifications.
In 1984, Mr Swann was seconded to the Home Office in the rank of Superintendent as their'Adviser'in fingerprint matters, a post he held for 3 years. During this period of service, he was engaged in research into the development of fingerprints on different substrates at home Office establishments,
Sandridge and Aldermaston, lectured to both junior and advanced CID Courses at all leading training center's, was the Secretary to the National Conference of Fingerprint Experts from 1977 to 1987 and sat on various committees dealing with photo-fit and other forensic matters. On leaving the police service in 1987 Mr Swann, prompted by the Home Office, moved into the private sector as a Fingerprint Consultant, continuing his work in fingerprints and providing the legal profession, industry and other agencies with an independent service. He has dealt with over 2,850 cases during the past 32 years having been instructed by both the defence and prosecution in Australia, Eire, Europe, the Middle East, Far East and the USA to examine and report on cases before their courts.
He has been involved in many high-profile cases including the Murder of Police Constable Keith Blakelock (London) 1985, the Marchioness/Bowbelle Disaster Inquiry (London) 1989, The Perth Mint Case, Western Australia 1998, McNamee Appeal (London) 1999 and Peter Kenneth Smith Appeal, (London) 2011. More recently he was a Core Participant in the Fingerprint Inquiry Scotland (1998 onwards). He has given expert evidence in all types of proceedings and has been instructed on several occasions by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Specialist Areas of Expertise
FORENSIC FINGERPRINT, ANALYSIS FINGERPRINTS FORGING AND OR TRANSPLANTING OF FINGERPRINTS FRNGERPRINTS ASSOCIATED WITH BLOOD THE AGE OF FINGERPRINTS FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATIONS FINGERPRINT DEVELOPMENT TECHNIQUES CRIME SCENES STANDARDS OF EVIDENCE
The Consultant is an Accredited Expert and Fellow of the Academy of Experts, a Fellow of the Fingerprint Society, a Life Active Member of the Intenational Association for Identification and Member of its European Division, a Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and listed in the UK Register of Expert Witnesses. He is an authority on standards of evidence, fingerprint development techniques and maintains a reference library of fingerprint books, works and technical publications.
His reports examine the accuracy of evidence submitted, procedures, continuity and methodology, the forging and/or transplanting of fingerprints, the age of fingerprints, fingerprints associated with blood, the significance of the positioning of fingerprints at crime scenes, the relevance of unidentified marks and what may be inferred there from. He has access to the most up to date laboratory facilities for the development of fingerprints on any type of substrate. Reports are usually completed within a week following the examination of exhibits in the case and all fees are in accordance with legal aid rates.