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Strategy, policy, advocacy

Harnessing collective effort and achieving consistent strategy, purpose and direction will be essential if the FCN is to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities facing it.

To help achieve this, Science will:

  • work with the FCN community, the NPCC Forensics Portfolio Board, its sub-portfolios and a broad range of external stakeholders to develop, maintain and help execute an overarching forensic science strategy on behalf of UK law enforcement agencies;
  • work with a broad range of external stakeholders, including criminal justice agencies, the Home Office commissioning hub, the United Kingdom Research Institute (UKRI) and national programmes such as Digital Policing, to help ensure strategic alignment between initiatives that will either impact on forensic science or be enhanced by it;
  • provide, through a panel of experts, the Office of the Chief Scientist expertise, which will be able to provide a capability lead advisory function to the existing NPCC portfolio groups of Science and Innovation, Digital Forensics and Biometrics;
  • provide a clear voice for, and represent the interests of, the FCN community on a national and international stage;
  • establish and promote an ethical framework to assist in supporting design and evaluation across the FCN community;
  • support the FCN community by leading on the production of appropriate information management, data protection and disclosure policies for forensic science, thereby enabling forensics to play its role in weeding and being able to disclose information effectively;
  • support the FCN community by leading on retention and archiving strategy and policies;
  • support the FCN community by leading on reporting the results of forensic science into the criminal justice system e.g. streamlined forensic reporting.
Achieving and maintaining quality service with efficient, standardised processes, and to act as a single voice with key standards and accreditation stakeholders.
Maximising resilience and effectiveness through the design, introduction and maintenance of new ICT platforms, tools, operating models and business change support.
Designing, developing and maintaining a sustainable and forward-looking commercial marketplace for both traditional and digital forensic science