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Criminology & Law Enforcement
Forensics & CSI
Robert Milne is a Forensic Expert with over 40 years’ experience at Scotland Yard in the roles of Fingerprint Expert, Crime Scene Examiner (CSI), Crime Scene Coordinator (serious crime), Forensic Intelligence Manager (Head of Forensic Intelligence MIB) and since retirement from Scotland Yard in 2008, a Fire Investigator with Fire Investigations UK LLP, the investigative team with the UK Building Research Establishment (BRE Global). He is the inventor of the Pathfinder wireless, Electrostatic dust mark lifting device used by police services worldwide, including the FBI.

He has dealt with most types of crime including homicide and oversaw developing Forensic Intelligence at Scotland Yard. In 2012 he published the reference book "Forensic Intelligence" CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, a guide to the effective uses of forensics in modern intelligence led policing. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, a Fellow of The Fingerprint Society, a member of the International association for Identification (IAI) and a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). Robert spent many years in crime scene examination in London's East End including Whitechapel. Currently he lectures on forensic science and works in Fire Investigation, dealing with Crown Court case reviews, cold case reviews, insurance casework and litigation casework. In 2017 he has written the Forensic Intelligence and Policing Intelligence models module, for the Masters in Criminalistics course at the Instituto di Scienze Forensizi (ISF) College, Milan. In 2018 he became the Dean of Applied Sciences European Forensic Institute. ( Link - currently lecturing on the History of Forensic Science, Criminalistics and a Fingerprint expertises on the EFI BSC Course in Forensic Science.

He is on the register of Professional Expert Witnesses. He was the Editor of The International Journal of the Fingerprint Society 2013 to 2015, and is a member of the Whitechapel Society. Since 2012, he has been an enrichment lecturer, presenting on the topics of forensic science and historical celebrated cases. In August 2018 he co- presented at the International Association for Identification main conference in San Antonio, with the Head of the Forensic Intelligence Attribution Program for the borders of the USA on the topic of Forensic Intelligence.

He has lectured on Princess, Cunard, Royal Caribbean and Fred Olsen ships. He has a friendly style as a presenter and likes to build a rapport with audiences, by welcoming them and inviting general questions about forensics before the lecture start time whilst the audience fills the auditorium.

NB. All of Robert’s presentations are subject to update based on developments in cases over time and through feedback from audiences with respect to the content which interests them.

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Robert Milne FCSFS FFS MIAAI Kings (London) Dip

1. How Science Came to Scotland Yard
The history of forensic science 1788 to modern times. The story of how the first UK & US forensic science laboratories were created in the in the 1930s', covering many celebrated pioneering cases such as The Lindberg Kidnapping, The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, Dr Crippen, The Deptford Murder 1905 & the lives of early international pioneers of forensic science with details of some of the cases they were involved in. The Crippen's case includes the race across the Atlantic by Chief Inspector Drew to intercept Crippen's in Montreal. There is an update on the St Valentines Day massacre case involving a Thompson sub machine gun located in the NYPD Police museum in Wall Street NYC, which has been found to be part of the batch used in the Saint Valentines a day case and linked to the prime suspect. NB this is one of the most popular lectures and has been edited in 2019, and the style of presentation changed to streamline the presentation.

2. Jack the Ripper – Persons of Interest a crime analysts approach
The Jack the Ripper case is subjected to a cold case review using the profiling of victims and suspects, geographical profiling, the ‘journey to crime’ behaviours and a photo-fit. The lecture is about modern methods applied to attempt to move the case forward. There is new material in this lecture including photographs taken at the time, obtained from interviewing living descendants of persons involved in the case, which the audience should find interesting. This presentation includes interviews with living descendants of some of the persons involved in the case and the discovery of hitherto unpublished photographs. This presentation now focuses on a few main persons of interest as there are over 100 Ripper suspects. In this slicker presentation the real evidence and crime analysis techniques focus on the main contenders.

3. The Murder of Roberto Calvi ‘God’s Banker’
The Roberto Calvi case is covered from the forensics and investigative points of view. A tale of three cities, Rome (The Vatican), Milan, and London. Who killed Calvi was it the Mafia, the Vatican or MI5? The audience can decide.

4. Fire Investigations & the Cutty Sark Fire – London 2007
This presentation covers the basics of fire investigation, how those basic principles are applied with an outline of the investigation in2007 of the Cutty Sark fire, which enabled the confirmation of the origin and cause of the fire.

5. Detecting the Great Train Robbers
This lecture covers not only the criminals who planned the robbery but the story of the team from Scotland Yard who examined the train and Leatherslade Farm, then manually searched the finger marks recovered, making two million comparisons in the process. The stories of the robbers themselves and where they planned the robbery are discussed including their meeting place, a nice pub in Belgravia where even today visitors can enjoy a nice meal and a pint. Gerald Lambourne the Detective Inspector in charge of the fingerprint team became later in 1980 my boss and was the first pioneer to computerise fingerprints. Ken Crer the Gt Train robbery police photographer a colleague of mine was the pioneer of the applications of lasers in forensic science and was a,warded a MBE for his work. This presentation is not just about the villains as Robert joined Scotland Yard in 1969 only six years after the Great Train Robbery and officers involved in the case were colleagues, friends and some Robert’s line managers so the material is not all from research but through personal contact and conversations with real people who dealt with this celebrated case.

6. The Discovery & Identification of King Richard III
Bob Milne, former Scotland Yard forensic expert, applies his expertise to explain the methodology and science behind finding the remains of King Richard III. The research into the cause of death and identification of the King's remains are dealt with in the context of a cold case review. This is Robert’s most lavishly illustrated presentation and has had new material added. One if the most popular of his presentations having been shown on cruises and in a number of International bookings.

7. Forensic Intelligence.
The story of the development of the modern uses of forensic recoveries in intelligence led police models. Practical examples of Forensic Intelligence in criminal investigations are presented together with an outline of how intelligence led policing works with casework examples. In August 2018 I am co-presenting with US Homeland Security at the IAI conference San Antinio on the topic of Forensic Intelligence and the intelligence led model for the security of the borders of the USA. The creation of a Forensic Intelligence (FORINT) model for policing in America is a work stream in 2020 by the US National Institute of Justice.

8. Sir Bernard Spilsbury - Saint or Sinner?
The life of Bernard Spilsbury his career in the early 20th Century and the sensational murder cases of his times where he towered above other experts particularly in court. He is suspected to some degree of being a lethal witness. His role in Operation Mincemeat the planting if the body of a military officer by submarine off the coast if Spain with details of an Allied invasion through Greece and not southern Italy cause the stationing of German troops in Greece weakening their reserves in Italy. This operation is generally agreed helped shorten the war.

Nb. I have another three lectures on forensic topics such as the History of the CSI, The Cannabis Growers of England. (The spread of illicit cannabis cultivation in the 21st century and the modern methods used to detect offenders). Crime Scene Examination Techniques. (Includes teaching some volunteers to have a go).
I am a forensic science professional Fellow of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and registered expert witness having had a 40 year career at Scotland Yard. I lecture on Forensic Science, The History of Forensic Science & Historical cases e.g. Jack The Ripper, The Murder of Roberto Calvi (God's Banker), The Search for & Identification Of Richard III etc. I have lectured on Princess Cruises 2012, Cunard 2014 and Royal Caribbean 2016. I have over ten lectures and can teach basic CSI skills to passengers. In my lectures I apply modern techniques to the cases and have interviewed some living descendants of persons involved in the actual cases. My style is to arrive early and invite passengers to ask me anything about forensic science and in the ice breaking session, I weave amusing relevant stories into the conversation. I then start exactly on time and always leave enough time for questions. I also have extra material in PDF format to send to guests on request.

In 2016, I lectured on Royal Caribbean The Independence of the Seas and following a successful series of lectures the Cruise Director wrote advising me that I was now welcome on seven other cruise lines. I have a programme of constant improvement of my style and the content of the lectures, which are revised to include the latest developments.
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Balmoral L1833 German Waterways & Bremen Beer Festival 9 Newcastle Friday, October 19, 2018