Leisa Nichols-Drew

Fellow’s Profile

Leisa Nichols-Drew

Fellow’s Profile

Leisa Nichols-Drew

Targeting knife crime: a forensic scientist's perspective

Fellowship

Focus

Investigating forensic best practice for knife crime investigations

Fellowship year

2018

Locality

East of England

Biography

I am a chartered forensic practitioner and an associate professor in forensic science at De Montfort University in Leicester. I applied for my Churchill Fellowship to help make a difference to the UK knife crime situation. This has given me the unique opportunity to use my practitioner background in applying my Report recommendations to undertake a rounded knife research study, leading to my first ever peer-reviewed journal article (published in Science and Justice, November 2020) demonstrating a safer knife alternative. I have disseminated this work via a TEDx talk, a live appearance on BBC Crimewatch Roadshow Live and numerous conference presentations. I was also honoured to join with seven inspirational Churchill Fellows from the UK's criminal justice system in facilitating our online conference event in December 2020. Personally, the Fellowship gave me self-belief to make a difference in aiding crime detection and prevention.

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All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.

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