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Footwear & Tire Subcommittee

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The Footwear & Tire Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the detection, documentation, recovery, examination and comparison of footwear and tire evidence.

Forensic footwear and/or tire examiners undertake the following tasks: documenting, collecting and preserving footwear and tire evidence, and comparing and analyzing footwear or tire impressions.  Examiners provide expert opinions regarding source conclusions, determine the manufacturer, make, or model of the source of a questioned impression, compare questioned impressions, make, or model of an item of footwear or tire from an image or video, and write reports and provide testimony.

Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products

Officers

David Kanaris, Subcommittee Chair, Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory

Rodney Schenck, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Christopher Hamburg, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, ANSI National Accreditation Board (Quality Representative)

Members

Clay Allred, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Kacey Amorello, Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory

Sarah Bohne, Colorado Springs Police Department

John Grassel, Rhode Island State Police

Martin Herman, Ph.D., National Institute of Standards and Technology

Brian Juengst, Maine State Police 

 Anthony Koertner, Defense Forensic Science Center

Mathew Marvin, Ron Smith and Associates, Inc.

Troy Mohror, Johnson County Sheriff's Office Criminalistics Laboratory

Heidi Prough, Michigan State Police

Lisa Ragaza, State of Connecticut

Matt Redle, Sheridan County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (Legal Task Group member)

Nicole Richetelli, Noblis

David Spadoni, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Aimee Stevens, Illinois State Police Division of Forensic Services

Natasha Wheatley, ADA County Sheriff's Office

Alicia Wilcox, Ph.D., Thomas College (Human Factors Task Group member)

Affiliates and Task Group Participants

Standards

Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Sent to an SDO

  • Best Practice Recommendation for Photographic Documentation of Footwear and Tire Evidence.
  • Best Practice Recommendation for the Detection of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence.
  • Standard for Examination and Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence.

Under Development

  • Best Practice Recommendation for Examination and Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence.
  • Best Practice Recommendation for the Chemical Processing of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence.
  • Best Practice Recommendation for Articulation, Interpretation, and Conclusions in Footwear and Tire Report Writing and Testimony.

Other Work Products

Reference Documents

Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

Research & Development Needs

Webinars, Presentations & Training Videos

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies and Bibliographic References

These documents may contain information to help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents, are endorsed by OSAC. The referenced documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

Reference Books:

  • Abbott, John, “Footwear Evidence”, Charles C. Thomas Publishing, 1964.
  • Bodziak, William, “Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination” (1st Edition), Elsevier Science Publishing Co., 1990.
  • Bodziak, William, “Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination” (2nd edition) CRC Press, 2000.
  • Bodziak, William, “Tire Impression and Tire Track Evidence: Recovery and Examination”, CRC Press, February 2008.
  • Bodziak, William, “Forensic Footwear Evidence”  CRC Press, 2017
  • Cassidy, Michael, “Footwear Identification”, Canadian Government Publishing, 1980.
  • Deforest, Peter; Gaensslen, Robert; Lee, Henry, “Forensic Science - An Introduction to Criminalistics”, McGraw-Hill, 1983.
  • Fisher, Barry, “Techniques in Crime Scene Investigation” (6th edition), CRC Press, 2002.
  • Given, Bruce W; Nehrich; Richard B. and Shields, James C., “Tire Tracks and Tread Marks”, Gulf Publishing Company, Book Division, Houston, Texas, 1977.
  • Hilderbrand, Dwane, “Footwear, The Missed Evidence”, Staggs Publishing Co., 1999.
  • Kiely, Terrence, “Forensic Evidence: Science and the Criminal Law”, CRC Press, 2001.
  • McDonald, Peter, “Tire Imprint Evidence”, CRC Press, Raton, Florida, 1989.
  • Nause, Lawren, “Forensic Tire Impression Identification”, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2001.
Created July 9, 2014, Updated May 4, 2021