Scientific Police 1911-2011: 100 years of science to service for justice

From 21th to 25th March 2011, to held the 100th anniversary of the Scientific Police, the University Institute of Research in Police Sciences (IUICP) and the Scientific Police of the National Police (CNP), organized an exhibition and a group of lectures at the Faculty of Law of the University of Alcalá.

The title of the event reflects the milestone which is a centenary serving the citizenship. The first step was the introduction of the fingerprint identification of the accused. Today all fields of forensic science are covered, working at the highest level, objectively, strictly, competently and effectively, supporting on scientific bases to develop their researches.

The exhibition showed the evolution of the resources used in the forensic field as well as different objects of interest, preserved as relics in museums such as, the first chair of photographic examination, diverse kits for visual inspection and even the mobile laboratory equipped with the latest technology used in major disasters.

At the conferences, the present and near future of different fields were showed such as forensic entomology, genetics, chemistry, anthropology, document examination, ballistics, computers science, electronics, etc.

The last day of the conference series, Inquifor participated with a conference in which Dr. Carmen Garcia Ruiz, head of the research group, and Dr. Mercedes Torre, showed to the public the latest developments and future prospects of the current researches. The two areas where the group currently works cover: general forensic chemistry, researching on explosives and glass, and criminalistics forensic chemistry, researching on inks and paper. In these areas different investigations of great importance that have been or are being carried out by the members of Inquifor, were presented to the audience, such as the identification and detection of nitrocellulose in explosives, propellant analysis, and the study of the properties of glass, paper and inks, applicable to crime studies.

In addition, it was discussed the growing importance of forensic chemistry in recent years and the group’s website Inquifor was presented to the audience.