CRIME scene investigators in Dorset are set to be given a boost in their efforts to catch offenders through the use of new fast-track fingerprint technology.

Dorset Police is to be become one of the first forces in the country to use the advancements which will allow officers to remotely transfer fingerprints for analysis directly from crime scenes.

This new technology is one of a number of projects being run by the Forensic Capability Network (FCN), which is a new national network dedicated to improving forensic science in policing and ensuring forensic science is more efficient and consistent.

Dorset Police’s crime scene investigators (CSIs) are part of these projects, which also include research schemes.

The force has its own team of dedicated CSIs who respond to crime scenes across the county and they form part of the South West Forensics.

Ryan Howell, one of Dorset’s regional forensic coordinators, said: “Our CSIs are supported by a number of other forensic specialist partners from across the region who help us maximise the service we give to victims of crime locally.

“As with the technology available to criminals, the technology available to CSIs is also continually improving.

“Dorset Police, along with other forces, works closely with the FCN on a number of research and development projects, as well as the introduction of new technology at crime scenes.

“We will be one of the first forces in the country to deploy this new technology, which allows CSIs to remotely transfer fingerprints recovered at crime scenes directly through to the fingerprint bureau. This means that identification will now be achieved in minutes and hours, rather than days or weeks.

“This will allow us to apprehend suspects quickly, prevent possible further offending and ultimately lead to swifter justice for victims.”