Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) - Forensic Department
This was a joint project with SPSA to provide information on the blood splatter profiles when an assailant kicks or jumps on a victim. A custom-made instrument was manufactured at the police forensic laboratories to provide a repeatable kicking force. To verify the correct operation of the ‘kicking’ instrument IMAR designed a stand to allow a force platform to be mounted vertically. Tests were then carried out in IMAR’s laboratory to verify the repeatability of the kick force and provide calibration information. A standard positioned force plate was also used to verify and provide calibration information on a second ‘stamping instrument’. The final trials performed using pig tissue and horse blood were performed at the SPSA forensic laboratories in Dundee.