Jonny Aldridge, 27 November 2020
In October, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police became the first forces to gain accreditation for volume crime scene examination. We caught up with the team who made it happen to share their inspiring journey with other FCN members.
Kirsty Potter, 26 November 2020
In October, Northumbria brought traditional and digital forensics, CCTV and forensic collision investigation together into one Forensic Services Department. Northumbria’s Head of Forensic Services, Kirsty Potter, who led the change describes the force’s journey in recent years and the benefits of its new approach.
GMP’s Emily Burton: new DNA Futures group will “explore capability and innovations to improve criminal justice outcomes”
A new group bringing together the policing, forensic and criminal justice community will explore opportunities and innovations in DNA to enable better investigations and criminal justice outcomes. Read more from Greater Manchester Police's Emily Burton.
Chris Porter, Director of Forensic Science at the Metropolitan Police, has been selected for the role NPCC Forensic Quality Working Group Lead. Find out more.
Jo Ashworth OBE has been named the permanent CEO of the Forensic Capability Network, after six months as FCN interim CEO following its launch in April 2020.
FCN's interim CEO Jo Ashworth features in November's edition of The Investigator, following an interview with editor Carol Jenkins. Read more about our vision for the future of forensics in policing.
The weekly surgeries will support practitioners, technical leads and quality managers who are responsible in their force for achieving accreditation for CSI activity. Find out how we can help you prepare for an upcoming UKAS assessment or resolve findings from a previous assessment.
Activity on SFR guidelines across policing and criminal justice continues at pace after the latest guidance was published three months ago, according to FCN’s Lead Scientist, Debbie Sharp. Find out more about its support from the Senior Presiding Judge, upcoming virtual events, and a new release planned for January 2021.
The latest Forensics Newsletter published by the Forensic Capability Network (FCN) is now available, with updates for policing and the forensic science community.
Barbara Smedley, 26 October 2020
Barbara Smedley, FCN’s Senior Commercial Manager, writes that UK procurement regulations will continue to operate as we are used to, with some minor changes, whether the UK agrees a trade deal or not. Read more.
Imaging leads and other forensic practitioners from eight UK forces will be joining members from academia, forensic service providers and international universities for a first meeting early in November.
FCN invites suppliers to enter framework for first national digital forensics services purchasing system
Forensic service providers are invited to enter their bid to be on the framework for the first ever national dynamic purchasing system for digital forensics services. The new system is a collaborative effort across policing, which will enable forces to procure services by February 2021.