Robert Milne


Bob Milne has completed over 39 years service with the Metropolitan Police in Forensic services as a Forensic |practitioner in the roles of ACPO registered Fingerprint Expert, Crime Scene examiner and manager dealing with all crime types including arson casework up to and including homicide.

Experience in forensic arson examination and evidence recovery was provided by the Metropolitan Police and the Fire Investigation Unit at the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science laboratory prior to its assimilation into the Forensic Science Service Gov Co. Bob was attached to the laboratory in the role of Laboratory Liaison. During his service for over 30 years he dealt with three or four arson cases per month.

Bob is the author of papers on footwear recovery and techniques, the applications of forensics to crime intelligence, Forensic Intelligence, modern magnetic fingerprint powders, the Mathematics of Scene Linking, the Crime Mapping of Forensic Evidence, the uses of Forensics in Geographical Profiling, Electrostatic mark searching and recovery having designed the wireless electrostatic mark lifter The Pathfinder, which is now copied by a number of manufacturers and is the standard design of ESL lifter used in the World today. In his role as Forensic Intelligence Manager for the Met Police in the Met Intelligence Bureau (MIB) Bob worked with Peter Mansi and the Met / London Fire Brigade's management teams and fire investigators on the MET LFB Partnership in the reduction of deliberate fire setting and in dealing with arson data in the area of producing intelligence products for action resulting in the detections and convictions of a number of serious arsonists. Bob designed the Forensic Intelligence Data structure for arson in consultation with Peter Mansi who has taken the issue forward in Creating a Ten Point Plan for the investigation of arson. The Forensic intelligence data structure for arson presented at the IAAI meeting at Brunel in 2005 is utilised in the new eFIT1 computerised system for reporting deliberate fire setting to Police under the Met/ LFB partnership.

Bob is looking forward to his role as the London Regional Representative for the IAAI and has already written to forensic equipment suppliers to inform them of opportunities to place their trade stands at reasonable rates at IAAI conferences and to explore the possibilities for these companies to provide sponsorship run workshops so that IAAI members can try their products.