, 15 October 2021
In this Force Focus, a Chief Superintendent and Detective Inspector from Bedfordshire Police tell us about their successful model for responding to rape and other serious crimes through the use of new digital tools and tech.
Led by the community, the FCN workforce strategy will provide wellbeing, recruitment and training guidance, to benefit the 4,000 forensic staff employed by policing in England and Wales.
Over 500 people signed-up to hear from a range of leading experts on topics as wide-ranging as vehicle telematics, mental health, forensic taphonomy and digital strategy. All the sessions are available to view as part of ongoing CPD (continuous professional development).
Kevin Sullivan, Transforming Forensics, 14 September 2021
Forensic consumables such as cotton swabs are vital for analysing evidence. But people working in CSI units, DNA recovery labs and SARCs need to be aware of potential DNA contamination, says Kevin Sullivan from NPCC’s Transforming Forensics programme.
FCN is taking forward plans to nationally validate forensic consumables used in SARCS, which will save £500,000 nationwide compared to centres validating separately.
Twenty-four police forces from England and Wales have been selected to join the Transforming Forensics (TF) Programme’s new £5m Rape Review Response Project (RRRP), part of its Digital Forensic Capability workstream.
Proper storage of forensic evidence is vital for criminal justice, especially in cold cases and wrongful convictions. NPCC's brand new guidance helps policing and suppliers with the correct retention, storage and destruction of forensic materials and records held by physical and digital forensic units.
Trials are underway with three groups of forces led by Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Derbyshire.
This September, FCN is championing all things forensic research. Featured in our first research round-up... finger-mark recovery, entomology and forens-omics led by Dr Noemi Procopio (pictured).
, 19 August 2021
Attendees at the FCN Forensic Research Festival can now earn CPD points by attending the sessions or watching the recorded sessions on CSiPlayer.
We’re bringing together the worlds of operational policing and cutting-edge academic research during 6-10 September, with a keynote address from Professor Paul Taylor and speakers on 15 topics. Register free now.
At the frontier of fingermarks: Prof Simona Francese on 13 years of research into molecular fingerprinting
Professor Simona Francese, Sheffield Hallam University, 2 August 2021
Traditional fingerprint analysis can help investigators match a mark left at a crime scene with a suspect’s print – but molecular fingerprinting can tell you much more. We caught up with Sheffield Hallam University’s Professor Simona Francese on how her research can be implemented by police forces.