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Our people-our expertise: Police Services

Our people-our expertise

Police Services Stream is comprised of two work units – Forensic DNA Analysis and Forensic Chemistry. The work units provide forensic analysis of items received from across the state, impartial expert evidence in all levels of the judicial system, assistance with  missing persons and victims of disasters, training and advice to the Queensland Police Service, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Office of the State Coroner. The work units are accredited under the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).
Examinations and laboratory testing is performed under strict, quality controlled conditions by qualified and professional personnel.

See below for examples of the publications by staff within the Police Services Stream.

Blakey K, Thompson A, Matheson A, Griffiths A, (2021). What's in fake 'Xanax'?: A dosage survey of designer benzodiazepines in counterfeit pharmaceutical tablets. Drug Testing and Analysis. DOI: 10.1002/dta.3119 

Cormick J, Carter JF, Currie T, Matheson C, Cresswell SL, (2021). A survey of novel MDA and MDMA precursors by isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Forensic Chemistry, 24. DOI: 10.1016/j.forc.2021.100341

Blakey K, Cusack V, Burnett C, Carter S, Croft S, Nienaber L, Keen I, Cross M, McGowan J (2021) Identification of the rodenticide coumatetralyl in seized tablets. Forensic Chemistry, 23. DOI: 10.1016/j.forc.2021.100305

Ryan L, Mathieson M, Dwyer T, Edwards M, Harris L, Krosch M, Power D, Brisotto P, Allen C, Taylor E (2020) Massively parallel sequencing as an investigative tool. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/00450618.2020.1781251

Miller B, Boyd SE. (2020) The synthesis and identification of previously unreported artefacts formed during phosgene-contaminated chloroform extraction of amphetamine-type substances. Forensic Chemistry, 20. 100272. DOI: 10.1016/j.forc.2020.100272

Meikle J, Cresswell SL, Boyd S, Carter, JF, Collett S (2019) A stable isotope ratio approach to investigate the origins of illicit methylamphetamine in Queensland, Australia.Forensic Chemistry, 16. DOI: 10.1016/j.forc.2019.100174

Krosch MN, McNevin A, Cook J, Allen C, Keatinge D. (2019) Fluorescent dye-based detection of trace DNA on forensic tapelifts from worn shirts. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. DOI:  10.1080/00450618.2019.1711177

Peck Y, Clough AR, Culshaw PN, Liddle MJ (2019) Multi-drug cocktails: Impurities in commonly used illicit drugs seized by police in Queensland, Australia. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 201. pp. 49-57. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.03.019 

Longworth M, Reekie TA, Blakey K, Boyd R, Connor M, Kassiou M. (2019) New-generation azaindole-adamantyl-derived synthetic cannabinoids. Forensic Toxicology, 37(2):350-365. DOI: 10.1007/s11419-019-00466-1

Gao J, Xu A, Li X, O'Brien JW, Culshaw PN, Thomas KV, Tscharke BJ, Mueller JF, Thai PK (2018) Enantiomeric profiling of amphetamine and methamphetamine in wastewater: A 7-year study in regional and urban Queensland, Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 643 . pp. 827-834. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.242