During this year’s 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, held in Charleston SC, Foster + Freeman’s founding partners, Doug Foster and Bob Freeman were awarded with honorary lifetime membership of the society in recognition of the ‘valuable contributions [the pair have made] to the society and to the profession of Forensic Document Examination’.
The prestigious awards, presented by current President of the society Linton A. Mohammed, were accepted on behalf of Doug Foster and Bob Freeman by the company’s Managing Director Bob Dartnell who, having received two hand-finished certificates complete with ASQDE foil seal, read out a gracious acceptance speech prepared in advance by Bob Freeman.
The ASQDE was formally established in 1942 in order to foster education, establish standards, exchange experience and provide instruction in the field of questioned document examination.
Foster + Freeman’s equipment has been a mainstay of the document examiners arsenal since the release of the company’s first product, the Electro Static Detection Apparatus (ESDA) in 1978. Since that time the term ‘ESDA’ has gone on to become the industry standard terminology for the detection of indented writing. Foster + Freeman has further advanced the technology used by document examiners through the development of video spectral comparison and Raman spectroscopy.
Still the leading manufacturer of advanced instruments for the examination of questioned documents, Foster + Freeman continues to innovate within the field. Recent additions to the company’s product range include the VSC-QC1, a multi-functional system for front-line examination of passports and other security documents, and the DVM Microscope, a high-tech solution for the location and examination of microscopic security taggants.