Richard Case

is chuffy-chuffy-chuffed at being in the last 2! Thank you for all your votes :)

Favourite Thing: The best thing about being a fingerprint expert is the “buzz” you get when you have made a “match” and you know that you maybe the only one in the world at that moment in time who knows who has committed that crime…. and that the police will soon be knocking on their door:)



Afon Taf High School, Merthyr Tydfil (1987-1993)


Teeside Univeristy (2010 – 20??)

Work History:

I worked at South Wales Police (1993-2001) and Greater Manchester Police (2001-2009)


National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) since 2009

Current Job:

Government Forensic Expert

Me and my work

I am able to look at a fingerprint from a crime and see if I can match it to a suspect

Everyone has different fingerprints, so I am able to use these to: See who has been arrested at a police station; and tell who has left their prints at a crime scene.

One of my fingerprints


I also work for The National Poilicing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and work all over the country helping on other forensics, like shoeprints and DNA.

I am also involved with The Fingerprint Society and help the run their website, their Facebook page and Twitter Account.

My Typical Day

At the moment I am visiting police forces all over the country helping them with forensics.

The police are always looking at new ways to use forensics to catch the bad guys; and I work for a government team that try to help them. As I am trained in fingerprints I am able to answer questions and think of ideas in this area…. but I also know bits and pieces about other forensic type stuff, so I help out as much as I can.

I have recently been helping develop a new footwear database that stores criminals shoeprints.

A picture of the bottom of a shoe


If they have features of damage due to wear and tear then ee can use these shoe patterns to link a person to a crime scene.

What I'd do with the money

Use it to create learning packages for schools

I volunteer for a group called The Fingerprint Society, and I have proposed that in 2012 we will create some school materials that can be downloaded from the net.  This will be part of a bigger project that I am keeping secret for the moment… but I will make sure I let you all know as soon as I can….. UPDATE.. I can now let you know that we are hoping to organise an International Fingerprint Week next April, where we will try to get police forces to engage with their local schools… so I will use the money to create some fingerprint kits 🙂

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Excitable, smiley, down-to-earth

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Changes all the time, so watch this space…….Going to see Take That tonight who are being supported by the Pet Shop Boys… 2 fantastic bands!

What is the most fun thing you've done?

When I was 16 I became the British Boys Club Champion for the long jump and was part of the Welsh sprint relay team.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1. To be a teenager again – I bet everyone tells you, but it is a great time… even with the stresses of school ;) 2. The ability to know what others are thinking 3. To travel more… there are lots of places I’d love to visit

What did you want to be after you left school?

Computer Programmer :s

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Often… but nothing too serious, just messing about… and it was never my fault ;)

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I have given evidence in lots of major crime cases. It feels good when the bad guys are punished

Tell us a joke.

ELECTRON: Which way are we supposed to go to circle the atom? PROTON: Clockwise ELECTRON: Are you sure? PROTON: Of course, I’m positive! :)