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Deborah Pendry, 12 July 2021
The term accreditation is used a lot in policing and often with a different meaning depending on the context. Legal representatives are accredited, so are firearms officers, and national IT systems and training courses. So understandably when the term accreditation is used for forensic science activity it’s not always readily understood. FCN Director of Quality, 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.
This July, FCN is championing all things accreditation and helping forces embed quality and prepare for assessment. It's a long road to success so get involved and inspired by a range of case studies, events, videos and support.
Three quarters of England and Wales police forces bid to be part of Transforming Forensics rape response project
33 out of 43 police forces have expressed an interest in accessing a range of new digital services and portable tools. Read more.
Version 2.0 of the comprehensive guidance document has now been released, with key updates and approval to report new forensic disciplines via the SFR process, namely questioned documents, fire investigation and medical evidence. These new, nationally approved guidelines provide practitioners in the criminal justice system with the very latest best practice advice.
Transforming Forensics launches project to help improve response to rape and serious sexual offences
The Transforming Forensics (TF) programme has begun a new £5m project designed to help police forces in England and Wales improve how they respond to rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) and other serious crimes.
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.
FCN CEO Jo Ashworth pays tribute to NPCC Forensic Lead Chief Constable James Vaughan
FCN has completed the discovery phase of five commissions which could bring new technologies into policing’s digital forensic services. Read more about the Home Office’s innovative ACE unit and the wider Vivace community.
South East ROCU has created the toolkit for use by other forces, as part of an efficiency-boosting national package from the NPCC National Cybercrime Programme and FCN.
Mr Pugh is a former Director of Forensic Services in the Metropolitan Police Service, with experience of leading national governance boards and operations.