Doctor in Greens Norton fingered for OBE

Dr John Bond - scientific support manager at Wootton Police HQ. Fingerprint expert featured in Time magazine.'081110JC'news Liz
Dr John Bond - scientific support manager at Wootton Police HQ. Fingerprint expert featured in Time magazine.'081110JC'news Liz

DOCTOR John Bond from Greens Norton has received an OBE for his services to forensic science and Northants police.

Developed partly in his cellar laboratory at home, Dr Bond created a ground breaking technique enabling investigators to take finger prints from metal objects.

The technique takes advantage of minuscule amounts of corrosion caused by sweat and means police can take prints from spent bullet casings, even if they have been wiped clean.

After receiving requests for help and bullet casings from police forces around the globe the technique was developed into a single, easy to use unit which generates 360 degree view of a finger print in a format needed for input into the automated fingerprint identification systems.

During the launch of the device in February Northants Police’s Chief Constable Adrian Lee said: “To put this into context, the development of this device will serve to improve the trust and confidence of the people we serve.

“A key part of improving trust and confidence is crime reduction, and anything which helps detects offenders is obviously a key part of this. The link between developments in forensic science aiding detection of offenders, and trust and confidence, is clear”.

First announced in 2008, the breakthrough was cited as one of the technologies most likely to change the world in the BBC Focus magazine and was in Time Magazine’s list of 50 best inventions of the year. The technique has since found an industrial application measuring corrosion in machine parts