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Brian Somers

Forensic Document Examiner, National Document Fraud Unit, UK


Brian Somers is a specialist identity document examiner attached to the National Document Fraud Unit (NDFU) of the Immigration Intelligence Command. He has worked in forgery and counterfeiting detection since 1988 and has 21 years of forensic experience.

As well as being a trainer in detection techniques for the UK Home Office, Brian has trained staff of other UK agencies such as the Police Service, Benefits Agency, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, and Foreign Office. Other training credits include document examination officers from the governments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and Malta. Brian assisted Bosnia in the setting up of their document section in Sarajevo, and was a guest instructor at the European Seminar for Expert Document Examiners in both 1999 and 2000 (Zutphen, Netherlands), the European Seminar on Polymer Substrates (Lisbon 2006 and 2008), and the Frontex European Seminar for Document Specialists (Amsterdam 2008, 2011, 2016).

Brian holds a Masters Degree in Identity Document examination from Strathclyde University and has consulted on a number of secure document projects – notably advising Her Majesty’s Passport Office on the design of the last two United Kingdom passports. He specialises in digital imaging, adversarial testing and document design.



Tales from the Dark Room – Current capabilities in forgery and counterfeiting


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