Kevin Sullivan, Transforming Forensics, 14 September 2021
Forensic consumables such as cotton swabs are vital for analysing evidence. But people working in CSI units, DNA recovery labs and SARCs need to be aware of potential DNA contamination, says Kevin Sullivan from NPCC’s Transforming Forensics programme.
, 19 August 2021
Attendees at the FCN Forensic Research Festival can now earn CPD points by attending the sessions or watching the recorded sessions on CSiPlayer.
At the frontier of fingermarks: Prof Simona Francese on 13 years of research into molecular fingerprinting
Professor Simona Francese, Sheffield Hallam University, 2 August 2021
Traditional fingerprint analysis can help investigators match a mark left at a crime scene with a suspect’s print – but molecular fingerprinting can tell you much more. We caught up with Sheffield Hallam University’s Professor Simona Francese on how her research can be implemented by police forces.
Gloucestershire Constabulary, 29 July 2021
With the price of puppies doubling last year, organised criminal groups have targeted dog thefts as a low-risk, high-reward venture. In this Force Focus, Gloucestershire Constabulary tells us about taking on OCGs through a new national dog DNA database.
, 28 July 2021
The changes relate to the declaration of accredited methods for reporting forensic findings. UKAS will be assessing against the latest version of the Regulators Codes of Practice and Conduct (V7) from 26th July.
Deborah Pendry, 12 July 2021
The term accreditation is used a lot in policing and often with a different meaning depending on the context. So, what do we mean by accreditation for forensic science activity? FCN Quality Director, Deborah Pendry, explains.
Chris Porter, NPCC Forensic Quality Lead, 8 July 2021
As part of our accreditation month this July, NPCC's Forensic Quality Lead, Chris Porter, shares his insights and advice on the "complex and dynamic" area of crime scene examination and accreditation. Read the guest blog here.
Hampshire Constabulary, 15 June 2021
It was the tragic, high-profile murder of a 13-year-old girl in Southampton. In this edition of Force Focus, Hampshire Constabulary shares learnings from one of its biggest cases, including how digital forensics helped recover crucial physical evidence, and why DFUs shouldn’t shy away from the cloud.
PCC Martyn Underhill, 28 April 2021
APCC’s Forensic Lead since 2018, Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill reflects on the changes in forensics during his tenure and sets out his vision for its future.
Michelle Painter, West Mids Police, 29 March 2021
As series two of the documentary Forensics: The Real CSI reaches nine million viewers, we speak with the West Midlands Police forensic services team about raising the profile of forensics and the wellbeing of practitioners.
, 12 March 2021
Following a workshop session earlier this month, the specification of medical kits supplied as part of the National Scenes of Crime Consumables contract have been updated.
Mel Gelling, 5 March 2021
Since February the FCN has been responsible for delivering DNA sampling kits. Mel Gelling explains more...