AI, validation and apprenticeships are among the topics to be discussed at FCN's inaugural Digital Forensic Forum in May.

The one-day virtual event which takes place on Tuesday 9th May will feature ten sessions on a range of digital forensic topics.

More than 200 people have already registered for the forum. Attendees are police and government only due to the sensitive nature of sessions, apart from the launch event which is open to all.

The theme for the forum this year is 'committing to quality'. FCN aims to brings together the police forensic community to share ideas and good practice on topics ranging from validation and seeking accreditation, to meeting the requirements of new regulatory codes.

Topics confirm so far include 'practical applications of AI in digital forensics' by FCN's Simon Cullen, an overview of validation and procurement of frontline digital forensic tooling by Victoria Barton from the Police Digital Service and FCN's Paul Greaves, and an introduction to the UK's first digital forensic apprenticeship by FCN's Paula Mulroy. More topics will be confirmed soon and a full agenda will be shared in early April.

A virtual panel event will launch the event, and is open publicly to attendees from academia, the private sector and media. Chaired by FCN's interim Managing Director, John Armstrong, the panel includes FCN Quality Director Debbie Pendry, Forensic Science Regulator Gary Pugh, NPCC Forensic Lead Nick Dean, and NPCC Forensic Quality Lead Chris Porter.

Each session will last around one hour and will be accessible through Microsoft Teams, with recordings made available after the event.

Online booking has now closed, please contact if you would like to attend or have any questions.