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NPCC appoints new Digital Forensics Lead

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Paul Gibson has been selected for the role of NPCC Digital Forensics Lead.

In his role, Paul is responsible for leading policing’s transformation of digital forensics. This includes coordinating activity nationally, helping forces realise benefits and standardise practices, and directing the development of digital forensic services by Transforming Forensics and the Forensic Capability Network.

Responding to his appointment Paul has said:

“This is a hugely challenging role but I’m excited to take it on. More than any other discipline, digital forensics is probably our key to reducing harm and protecting the public. I want to give that national oversight to support forces and DFUs locally, help them innovate and bring in new technologies from the forensic market.

"Policing has a clear digital forensics strategy, so if we work together across the whole forensic community I’m confident we can make great strides.”

Paul Gibson will bring a wealth of experience to the portfolio, most recently as NPCC Forensic Marketplace Lead.

Paul began his career 23 years ago as a police constable and later detective and ACC in Lincolnshire, before joining Derbyshire in 2018 and spending six months seconded to the NPCC Transforming Forensics programme.

In January, he became temporary Deputy Chief Constable for the East Midlands Special Operations Unit. He holds a doctorate in molecular medicine.

Congratulating Paul on his role, FCN’s CEO Jo Ashworth said:

“Paul is passionate about digital forensics and a very credible lead to take on the huge challenges in this area. He’s forward-thinking, innovative and has an excellent track record in complex areas of forensics. Congratulations to Paul on his post and we all look forward to working with him.”

Chief Constable James Vaughan, who is NPCC Forensic Lead, added:

"I would like to formally welcome Paul in this substantive role within the forensic portfolio, I very much look forward to working with him and wish him every success in the role."