Shawn Harkins | Vice President - Region VI (Oceanic-Asean Region)
New South Wales, Australia
Detective Sergeant Shawn Harkins has been a member of the NSW Police Force for 21 years having spent a majority of his career within the forensic sciences. As a team leader with the Forensic Evidence & Technical Services Training Unit, he is responsible for the facilitation and delivery of a number of specialist scientific training courses to forensic investigators and detectives at all experience levels. He has delivered bloodstain pattern analysis-specific training to investigators across Australia.
From 2007 - 2017, he was the principal lecturer in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis for higher education forensic programs at the Canberra Institute of Technology. Detective Sergeant Harkins is the NSW representative for the National Scientific Working Group in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPASWG), former chairperson of that group and now the chair of the Special Advisory Group for Crime Scene & Ballistics (CSBSAG) encompassing a range of operational forensic disciplines including Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. In 2019, Detective Sergeant Harkins will relinquish this role to take up the position of Secretary General for the Australian Academy of Forensic Science (New South Wales).
He has been accepted as an expert in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Coronial, District and Supreme Courts. He is also recognised as an expert in the Methodology of Crime Scene Investigation by the Australasian Forensic Field Sciences Accreditation Board. Detective Sergeant Harkins holds both a Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination) and Graduate Certificate in Public Safety (Crime Scene Investigation). He is currently working towards his Doctorate of Philosophy (Science). His thesis work relates to the maximum flight distance of discrete blood droplets.