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Policing appoints first Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Paul Taylor is the first person to be appointed to the new post of National Policing Chief Scientific Adviser. 

The role will connect science and technology expertise both in the UK and globally to keep policing at the forefront of best practice. The Chief Scientific Adviser will guide critical strategies, policies and decisions, helping police to protect millions of people. 

According to the NPCC, the new role will focus on crime prevention and will use emerging evidence, research and innovation in science and technology, including in both data and behavioural science, to advise policing on both the opportunities and risks to help reduce crime.

FCN CEO, Jo Ashworth said: “Professor Taylor will be joining us at the heart of science and innovation within policing. All of us at the Forensic Capability Network would like to extend a warm welcome to him and we look forward to working closely with him in the future to improve criminal justice outcomes.”

Science and technology are constantly evolving and this is reflected in the work being done by FCN and the Transforming Forensics programme. 

TF Programme Director Richard Meffen added: “The Transforming Forensics programme is all about improving police forensics through innovation and development. I’m looking forward to developing a productive working relationship with Professor Taylor in his new role.” 

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