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.
FCN is taking forward plans to nationally validate forensic consumables used in SARCS, which will save £500,000 nationwide compared to centres validating separately.
Twenty-four police forces from England and Wales have been selected to join the Transforming Forensics (TF) Programme’s new £5m Rape Review Response Project (RRRP), part of its Digital Forensic Capability workstream.
Proper storage of forensic evidence is vital for criminal justice, especially in cold cases and wrongful convictions. NPCC's brand new guidance helps policing and suppliers with the correct retention, storage and destruction of forensic materials and records held by physical and digital forensic units.
Trials are underway with three groups of forces led by Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Derbyshire.
This September, FCN is championing all things forensic research. Featured in our first research round-up... finger-mark recovery, entomology and forens-omics led by Dr Noemi Procopio (pictured).
, 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.
We’re bringing together the worlds of operational policing and cutting-edge academic research during 6-10 September, with a keynote address from Professor Paul Taylor and speakers on 15 topics. Register free now.
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.
There are currently no accreditations held for SARCs nationally. Together we can change that.
, 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.