The official go-live date for FCN was 1st April 2020. The full FCN core team is now in place and is starting to provide services in Quality, Science and Commercial that are not directly dependent on technical development.
Other elements of FCN’s product and service offering are being implemented incrementally, as new technical capabilities are developed.
FCN will also evolve as it responds to new challenges and opportunities and is shaped by its members. It will support more and more capabilities as they are delivered either by the Transforming Forensics programme or by members of the FCN community themselves.
We will also be adopting an incremental approach to bringing FCN members on-board: initially for connection to the FCN ICT platform itself and then for each new capability released.
This will ensure that we allow sufficient time to help prepare FCN members for adoption and have appropriate resources available to support local testing.
Work under way now
Supported by the Police Transformation Fund grant as part of the Transforming Forensics programme, we have already started building FCN capacity and capability.
Some of the FCN’s products and services are already bearing fruit. Examples include: