Smt. Annamma John
Former Assistant Director,
Regional Forensic Science Laboratory,
Kerala Police Academy Campus,
Smt. Annamma John is having hundreds of successful investigations to her credit. Being fascinated with detective work she joined in FSL in 1990, after a brief stint of work as Zoology lecturer in Alphonsa College Pala and a short time service in the High Court of Kerala. She practiced forensic analysis as well as Scene of Crime investigation to which she has an excellent interest and an advanced knowledge in finding out the practices of criminals to escape detection. She has contributed much to the Crime Branch police to prove the sensational Saffiya Murder Case of interstate ramification which occurred in Goa. She has awarded good service entries and appreciations from the State police Chief for her successful crime scene examination and has specially appreciated by the Home Department and the Chief Minister of Kerala and received a COMMENDATION for the “EXCELLENT SERVICES RENDERED in connection with scientific evidence collection relating to Soumya murder case during the year 2011.”
She has given expert testimony in hundreds of cases in different courts of Kerala.
She has also a proven track record of a professional trainer and worked in Kerala Police Academy for 7 years as Senior Instructor and Head of the Department I/C of Forensic Science. When Kerala Police Academy was built and 2000 Police trainees were being trained in the Academy at the same time, she was teaching Forensic Science to all of them. She proved to be a very efficient teacher and the feedback for her classes were excellent. To sharpen her teaching skills she has successfully completed the trainer’s training course conducted by Bureau of Police Research and Training (BPR&D), Government of India Ministry of Home Affairs New Delhi.
Being the Chief patron of Indian Criminology and Forensic Science Association and a member of the twin Boards of Studies for Forensic Science and Criminology in Calicut University, she is trying to popularize the subjects.
Her present assignment is with Kerala police Academy who declared her as an “eminent Resource person of Forensic Science based on the excellent feedback of her classes.” Her expertise is also requested by National Investigation Agency (NIA), National University on Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) and other Law Colleges. Her current interests also include rendering expert guidance in scientific investigation. Being engaged in constant skill up gradation, her expertise is sought by police Officers including sleuths from Central Bureau of Investigation. Her book on Forensic Investigation will be releasing shortly.
Areas of consultancy service available:
Crime scene investigation assistance form all the relevant and frequently occurring areas of crime like:-
- Physical Evidence and their importance in the crime investigation.
- Crime scene protection measures and the precautions to be observed by the investigating officers to maintain the integrity of the crime scene evidence.
- Handling, packing and labelling of crime scene exhibits.
- Frequently asked questions to FSL, while filling the Forwarding Note, so as to derive maximum information from the exhibits send.
- Importance of blood as a forensic clue and the relevance of blood stain pattern analysis for crime scene reconstruction.
- Importance of body fluids like saliva semen etc. in cases of hurt and homicide, sexual abuses and other offences against women and children.
- DNA Profiling- its importance, applications and the preservation of samples for DNA analysis.
- Touch DNA and its relevance in crime investigation- crime scene exhibits from which touch DNA can be expected and the precautions to be observed to obtain touch DNA evidence.
- Relevance of Forensic Odontology to link the criminal with the crime scene and the victim- Processing of Bite mark evidence from food stuffs and from human body, collection of saliva from bite mark, collection of bite mark evidence from living and dead persons.
- Forensic Ballistics and evidence collection- lifting of firearm, packing of firearm, packing of fired bullets and cartridge cases, Packing of clothes of fired victims, collection of Gun Shot Residue(GSR) and Shooter identification, frequently asked and relevant questions to FSL to deduct maximum information regarding the incidence of firing.
- Hit and Run case investigation- relevance of glass, soil, paint, tyre marks and skid marks.
- Procedure for sending exhibits for skull superimposition.
- Forensic arson investigation- Identification of the origin of fire, identification and collection of relevant samples to determine the cause of fire.
- Processing of Digital evidence.
- Forensic explosive investigation- identification of the seat of explosion, defusing of live explosives, Touch DNA and identification of the terrorist behind the explosion, procedure for forwarding of explosive exhibits to FSL.
- Narcotics- Identification, sampling, packing and forwarding of exhibits.
- Forensic Documents- Collection of standards, packing of charred documents handling of indentations, handling of suicidal notes to identify the writer, collection of fingerprints and touch DNA from the document.
- Counterfeit Currency- security features and identification of forgery.
- Forensic Toxicology- collection of evidence from a poisoning case, precautions to prevent evaporative loss of evidence, common plant poisons, relevance of hair , body fluids , nail and bone marrow to identify poison.
- Trace Evidence-basic principles and the collection procedure of various trace evidence in different types of cases, their importance and the collection procedure to link the criminal with the crime scene.