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Criminology & Law Enforcement
Forensics & CSI
Tristram’s forensic career started when he joined the Metropolitan Police as a Scenes of Crime Officers (a.k.a. CSI) and was based at the busy stations of Paddington Green and Harrow Road after having gained a B.Sc. and a M.Phil. In 1987 he transferred to Leicestershire Police and was promoted as a Senior CSI where he dealt with several multiple murder scenes, as well as being involved with the Kegworth Air disaster and an IRA bombing scene in the centre of Leicester.

Tristram transferred to West Mercia Police, initially as their Head of CSI in 1991 and in 1993 was promoted to their Head of Forensic Services – a position that he retained for 20 years until he retired in July 2013. In this latter role, Tristram was in charge of all the forensic aspects within the Force which included, Fingerprints, CSI, High Technical Crime Unit (computer and mobile phone analyses), Imaging, Police Surgeons, Footwear Unit and Central Forensic Submissions. He had the Force lead on DNA processes and full responsibility for all scientific inputs to every major and serious crime within the Force area which including a number of cases that were of national interest. In 2005 Tristram also gained his MBA.

In 1994 Tristram was asked by the national police forensic lead to chair and/or sit on a number of Association of Chief Police Officer (ACPO) national forensic committees - too numerous to list here. In 2010 Tristram was the Forensic Lead in Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary inspection of the Royal Navy’s Special Investigation Branch. Due to his extensive national commitments, Tristram was accepted as a Fellow of the Charted Society of Forensic Sciences in 2008.

Over his nearly 30 years as a CSI, of one rank or another, Tristram has had to deal with all types of crimes which he brings into his lectures to fully illustrate the use of forensic science in the detection of crime. These have been very well received by the likes of the Women’s Institutes, the Probus Clubs and the Rotary Clubs in the counties of Worcestershire, Shropshire and Herefordshire (the three counties that make up West Mercia).

Since October 2013 Tristram has been a Session Lecturer and Course Adviser for the Forensic Biology degree course at the University of Worcester.

In 2012 Tristram took up the hobby of beekeeping, only to find later that Sherlock Holmes (the ultimate forensic detective), on his retirement to the Sussex South Downs, took up.... beekeeping!
1. "Two Easy Steps to Become a Forensic Scientist"
This introductory talk explains the two very simple principles that underpin forensic science and allows you to understand the different types of forensic evidence and how they can be used to solve crimes. This will be followed by a real life (or rather death) case study so you can put your new-found knowledge to the test.

2. "The ‘B’s of Forensics: Bugs, Bullets, Blood and Bad Deeds"
This presentation looks at some of the more obscure types of evidence that are used in major crime investigation.

3. "The evolution of DNA in crime investigation"
This talk will look at how DNA has evolved as a crime investigation tool over the years in simple, understandable steps, which even non-scientists can easily understand. It will also look at some ground-breaking case studies.

4. "Arson Investigations – Too Hot to Handle?"
Fire has long been used to commit crime or to cover it up. This talk will lead you through the simple concepts of fire investigation and how forensic scientists and the police investigate such crimes. You will learn what to look for and how to ‘read’ a fire scene and then will you be taken through the investigation of a triple death.

5. "Fingerprints as a Means to Criminal Investigation"
Identifying who people are is fundamental in criminal investigations. Fingerprints have been the chosen method for over the last 100 years. Do we have a fool proof system now – you decide?

6. "Digging for the Truth: Forensic Archaeology"
Using archaeological techniques has transformed forensic investigations of murders. The talk will look at its beginning (and the Muswell Hill Murders), how it is carried out and a ground-breaking case study involving a double murder.

7. "Forget CSI and Silent Witness: This is How it is Really Done"
Murder Investigations can be very complex processes involving hundreds of personnel. This presentation looks at how they are organised and who does what.

8. "The Changing Face of Forensic Science over 30 Years"
Over the last 30 years the world has changed (CCTV, computerisation, mobile telephony for example). As with all changes, criminals have used them for their profit. How have the Police reacted to these changes? A recent murder case will be used to illustrate how some of these advances were used to solve the case.

9. "Forensic Science and Some Notorious Cases"
Forensic science has often been used to detect crimes, especially some of the most notorious murders. But things do not always go to plan. In this talk we will look at some of these cases.

10. "Sherlock Holme's Last Case: Beekeeping"
Did you know that bees can count or that there are approximately 50,000 honey bees in a hive? Take a journey of discovery into the fascinating world of bees and beekeeping. The presenter will share his knowledge, triumphs and frustrations as he tries to apply his learning in the apian arts to reality (unfortunately, bees tend not to have read any of the standard text books!!).
Fred Olsen Balmoral, Mardi Gras Cruise, February 2017
Cunard Queen Victoria V617 Monte Carlo, Rome and Barcelona Cruise Civitavecchia (for Rome) October 2016
Cunard Queen Mary 2 M616B Transatlantic Fashion Week, Westbound Crossing Southampton, September 2016
Cunard Queen Victoria V606N Spain and Portugal Cruise, Southampton, May 2016
Cunard Queen Victoria V603 World Cruise 2016, Southampton, January 2016
Saga Sapphire SA288, Spanish Adventure, Southampton, October 2015
Cunard Queen Mary 2 M503-5, World Cruise, Fremantle, April 2015
Fred Olsen Black Watch W1501, Callao, February 2015
Fred Olsen Braemar M1410, Santa Cruz, April 2014
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Queen Mary 2 M741 Westbound Transatlantic Crossing 9 Hamburg Friday, November 3, 2017
Queen Victoria V721 Sectors A/B/C Italy, Barcelona & Croatia Cruise 21 Venice Saturday, September 9, 2017
Balmoral L1703 Central America & the Mardi Gras 46 Southampton Saturday, February 4, 2017
Queen Victoria V702-711 World Cruise 2017 120 Southampton Thursday, January 5, 2017
Queen Victoria V621 Spain and Morocco Celebration Cruise 10 Southampton Monday, December 12, 2016
Queen Victoria V617 Monte Carlo, Rome and Barcelona Cruise 14 Civitavecchia (for Rome) Saturday, October 22, 2016
Queen Mary 2 M616B Transatlantic Fashion Week, Westbound Crossing 7 Southampton Thursday, September 1, 2016
Queen Victoria V606N Spain and Portugal Cruise 7 Southampton Sunday, May 29, 2016
Queen Victoria V603 World Cruise 2016 121 Southampton Sunday, January 10, 2016
Saga Sapphire SA288 Spanish Adventure 15 Southampton Saturday, October 24, 2015