Scenes Of Crime

Forensic and forensic ecology-based evidence types are now well-established and routinely used in the UK criminal justice system and play an increasingly significant role in criminal investigations.

We offer a 24/7 forensic crime scene response service and can rapidly deploy our experienced scientists at short notice.

We are also happy to provide telephone advice on how best to recover ecology evidence types at scenes and can suggest appropriate forensic strategies to ensure that optimal recovery for comprehensive analysis and interpretation is achieved.

Scenes of crime

Case Review

Our scientists can undertake independent contemporary and cold case reviews for police, legal authorities and private clients. These services include desk-top assessments and reviews; scene, laboratory and mortuary attendance and examinations, and environmental monitoring and reporting.

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case review

The need to reassess and reinterpret evidence gathered years or decades ago for the purposes of cold case review has grown in importance in recent years. Forensic science and forensic ecology evidence types offer a unique suite of techniques that can be applied to reconstruct past crime scenes, whilst a re-analysis of stored exhibits may also provide additional information to a case.

We offer contemporary and cold case services from review to implementation that are specifically targeted and tailored to the needs of a criminal re-investigation.

Crime Scene Management

Alecto Forensics offer a range of crime scene solutions. Much of our work entails the construction of complex forensic strategies that ensure specialist evidence recovery can be integrated with standard evidence types. In addition, we offer a crime scene management service, through which our trained and experienced Crime Scene Managers can supplement the work of their police colleagues.

Digital Crime Scene and Body Reconstructions

Alecto Forensics has extensive experience in crime scene and body visualisations.

we provide computer-based crime scene reconstructions from on scene photographs, surveys and UAV-gathered data to produce both contemporary visualisations of recent crime scenes, as well as reconstructions of past crime scenes under review.

In addition, we have used rendered models to communicate body positions and detail of injuries for police briefings and court presentation where it has been judged that photographic images could not be shown.

Free Bone Identification Service

We offer a free Bone Identification Service which can rapidly identify whether bones are human or non-human in origin. Simply email your scaled photographs and we will provide an identification that can quickly establish species and forensic significance.

This service is provided between the hours of 0800-1800 seven days a week. Outside of these hours, please call us on +44 (0)1772 715050 to advise that a bone identification is required. Out of hours requests will incur a charge. Please note that this service is not open to members of the public.

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Free Bone Identification server is accessed by emailing your bone's photograph to:

For further information in confidence, please contact us: Alecto Forensic Services

Geophysical Search Techniques

There are a number of geophysical search techniques that can be used at crime scenes which are especially useful in locating and mapping clandestine graves and other forms of buried forensic evidence, including ground-penetrating radar, resistivity meters, magnetometers and metal detectors.

These techniques are non destructive, non invasive, and depending upon the equipment used and the specific case requirements can be used to identify or discount particular areas. In addition, geophysical searches can be utilised in conjunction with VRD dogs to more particularly target specific areas of interest and can also be used in areas where traditional search methodologies cannot be used (i.e. underneath concrete).

International Deployment

We can rapidly mobilise our scientists and resources to provide assistance in a variety of international deployments and casework scenarios.

Our scientists have worked extensively on international deployments and within a variety of settings for police, military, governmental, non-governmental and commercial organisations. We have provided our expertise to investigations of missing children, terrorist and mass fatality incidents, war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, transportation accidents and natural disasters.


The scope of these investigations has included victim search, location and recovery operations, the provision of forensic human identification and forensic ecology expertise, and in-country capacity building programs in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, the United States, and the South Pacific.

Quality Standards

As a newly formed forensic service provider, we are currently working towards the implementation of our own accreditation for ISO 9001, ISO 17025 and ISO 17020 certification.

We recognise that other companies and police forces may also be working toward gaining these ISO accreditation certifications and we are well aware of how much work time this takes up. As we have had previous experience of setting up forensic labs and gaining ISO accreditation in 17025 we can offer support in:

  • Planning Accreditation

  • Validation Planning

  • SOP Development

  • Audits - planning for and internal audits to help your systems

  • Record Keeping and Traceability

UAV Scene Scanning and Reconstruction

Alecto Forensics maintains a UAV capability to allow for the rapid imaging of outdoor crime scenes. This service can be used to capture aerial images of scenes, or to use as a basis for three-dimensional scene visualisations.


Being able to accurately locate items on scenes, and scenes in landscapes has become ever more crucial in modern criminal investigations. Alecto Forensics maintains a range of survey solutions to give the most appropriate level of survey precision, including total station operation, DGPS survey and UAV (drone)-based terrain scanning. We can provide bespoke and specific advice on the capture and recording of indoor and outdoor scene environments

Wildlife Crime

Forensic techniques are increasingly being utilized by multi-agencies in the investigation of wildlife crime. Wildlife crime investigations may require the identification of species and provenance, parentage (wild or captive?), animal soft and hard tissue morphology, and animal parts and products (fur, feather, eggs, skin). It is routinely used in cases of animal baiting, wildlife poisoning and pesticide analysis, taxidermy examination, animal fighting, dog bite injuries and the ownership of dangerous dogs.

Forensic examinations and techniques can include veterinary pathology; firearms; DNA analysis; fibre, hair and fur analysis; mass spectrometry; thin layer chromatography; xray fluorescence; and radiocarbon dating.

Aerial Search

Aerial Search is a service based on forensic imagery analysis which is the application of interpretation methods and theory to aerial imagery and the exploitation of the visible and near infra-red (IR) bands of the electro-magnetic spectrum. This analysis is particularly effective in the detection of ground anomalies, camouflaged items and buried objects.

Systematic aerial search and associated analysis has proved especially efficient in narrowing the search for human remains concealed in clandestine graves, particularly when considered alongside predictable offender behaviour, cognitive mapping theory and local terrain analysis.

When utilised early in a search, aerial imagery and associated analysis will identify and prioritise likely deposition sites, enabling search teams and assets to be effectively focussed and efficiently utilised; recently collected imagery also provides an evidential record of ground anomalies, preserving evidence before sites are disturbed by a ground search.