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Academic Biography

In 1995 Mark graduated from Teesside University in Applied Science & Forensic Measurement. At 21 years old he was employed as a Scenes of Crime Officer with Leicestershire Constabulary.

He subsequently obtained a Diploma in Scientific Support Skills from Durham University and an Institute of Fire Engineers Fire Investigation qualification.

In 2003 he left Leicestershire Constabulary as an Assistant Senior SOCO after being selected to be a permanent member of the Crime Scene Instructional Team at the National Training Centre, teaching operational CSI’s from across the country and overseas. For a period of time he acted in the role of Team Leader.

In 2006, 11 years after leaving as a graduate Mark returned to Teesside University, this time as a Senior Lecturer in Crime Scene Science. That same year he completed his PGCE teaching qualification, before enrolling on a Master Degree in Fire Investigation for which he was later awarded a distinction.

 In 2008 Mark enrolled on a part-time PhD exploring Crime Scene Investigator practice, publishing material on eye-tracking and head-mounted camera technology. In 2014 he was awarded his PhD and is now Course Leader for the Crime Scene Science Degree.

He currently teaches crime scene examination techniques as well as intelligence analysis. He has supervised 3rd year and MSc project students and is due to begin PhD supervision in 2015.

Summary of Research Interests

Competence, expertise and performance in forensic investigation - moving beyond numerical metrics in assessment.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Exploring new 'in the field technologies' for crime scene examination practice, most recently DNA identification.

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Crime Engineering & Materials Science
offense Social Sciences
examiner Social Sciences
examination Social Sciences
Ridge Mathematics
Casting Mathematics
Scanner Mathematics
Fingerprint Mathematics

Research Output 2009 2016

14 Downloads (Pure)

Challenging USB fingerprint scanner protocol: a methodology using casting agents to capture digit and latent ridge detail to enable access

McKenna, S. & Butler, M., 1 Aug 2016, In : International Journal of Biometrics. 8, 2, p. 83-96

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The Crime Scene

Butler, M., 30 Jun 2016, Crime Scene to Court: The Essentials of Forensic Science 4th Edition. p. -

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

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Expertise in crime scene examination: comparing search strategies of expert and novice crime scene examiners in simulated crime scenes.

Baber, C. C. & Butler, M., Jun 2012, In : Human Factors. 54 , (3):, p. 413-24 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Firework displays as sources of particles similar to gunshot residue

Grima, M., Butler, M., Hanson, R. & Mohameden, A., 1 Mar 2012, In : Science & Justice. 52, 1, p. 49-57

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review