The first police forces and offices of police and crime commissioners (PCCs) have signed up to become members of the Forensic Capability Network (FCN).

A total of eight signatures have been received on the national collaboration agreement (Section 22A) which was shared with Chief Constables and PCCs on 19th June.

Signatures received so far come from:

  • Dorset Police Chief Constable, James Vaughan, and PCC Martyn Underhill (host bodies)
  • Leicestershire Police Chief Constable, Simon Cole
  • Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable, Bill Skelly, and PCC Marc Jones
  • Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable, Craig Guildford, and PCC Paddy Tipping
  • Surrey PCC, David Munro

Without signing up to become members, police forces and law enforcement agencies will not be able to access FCN’s services or have a say in the future of the network and its national approach to forensics. The deadline for signatures is Monday 31st August 2020.

Commenting on the first members signing up to FCN, interim CEO, Jo Ashworth, said:

“This is a very exciting milestone for everyone in FCN and in our growing membership. FCN is fast becoming a reality and there is strong momentum as we process through our first year. We want everyone to have a seat at the table and are working hard to answer queries ahead of the end of August deadline. Forensics is changing rapidly, and we encourage all forces and PCCs to join the change.”

If you are a police force, law enforcement agency or PCC office and have questions about the agreement, please email Any other requests, please contact us here.