Practitioners from across the forensic community have shared ideas and good practice at a one-day virtual event focused on quality standards in digital forensics.

More than 500 people registered for FCN’s first Digital Forensic Forum from across police forces, national law enforcement agencies, government departments, private providers and academia. The theme of the day was ‘committing to quality’.

Ten presentations covered a broad range of topics from helpful guidance on how to prepare for DF assessment and gain accreditation, to in-depth discussions on disciplines including CCTV, audio and vehicles.

Experts from FCN, UKAS, Met Police, West Yorkshire Police, South Wales Police, Police Digital Service and DSTL all presented on the day.

The forum was launched with a panel event of senior leaders chaired by FCN’s interim MD John Armstrong, with panellists including Forensic Science Regulator Gary Pugh, NPCC Forensic Lead Nick Dean, NPCC Forensic Quality Lead Chris Porter and FCN Quality Director Debbie Pendry. Watch a recording of the panel event on demand here. Key themes from the panel were also covered in the media by Police Oracle.

Recordings of all sessions are now available to view on demand, as well as presentations themselves, although they are restricted to viewers from police forces or other law enforcement. The full list of recordings is provided below. Contact us to request a recording or presentation.

  • Practical applications of AI in digital forensics – Simon Cullen, FCN
  • Preparing for digital forensic accreditation – Simon Maher, UKAS
  • DF accreditation: How do we maintain it? – Ileshia Eskrett, West Yorkshire Police               
  • Validating and procuring for frontline DF: Rape Review Response Project 2 – Paul Greaves, FCN / Victoria Barton, Police Digital Service
  • Work of the NPCC CCTV Portfolio and Digital Video Experts Group – Andy Read, NPCC
  • How to manage your assessment – James Kendall-Milnes, FCN
  • Workshop: working towards peer-to-peer accreditation support – Lee Major, FCN
  • Vehicle forensics validation: jumping in at the deep end – David Lawton, DSTL
  • Sound progress: achieving accreditation for audio – Anna Bartle, Met Police
  • Introducing the UK’s first DF apprenticeship – Paula Mulroy, FCN

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