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Effective Use of Forensic Science . Keith Fryer keith.fryer@npia.pnn.police.uk. Overview. Reflections on Seminar Theme England & Wales emphasis, but; Many common issues? Mainly Police use of Forensic Science Personal perspective. Background – Further back you can look….

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    1. www.npia.police.uk Effective Use of Forensic Science Keith Fryer keith.fryer@npia.pnn.police.uk

    2. www.npia.police.uk Overview • Reflections on Seminar Theme • England & Wales emphasis, but; • Many common issues? • Mainly Police use of Forensic Science • Personal perspective

    3. www.npia.police.uk Background – Further back you can look… • Historically Forensic Science divided, • Fingerprints – Police, • Crime Scene – Mainly Police. • Laboratory Services – External Providers

    4. www.npia.police.uk • This has led to differences in approach: • Fingerprint and Crime Scene • Some Scientifically based methods • Some accepted current practice • 16 point standard/Expert Opinion • Laboratory – • Evidence based Research, Bayesian • Quality Management (ISO 17025)‏

    5. www.npia.police.uk Forensic Science • Core element of the Investigation Process, however: • Lack of National evidence-based Standard Operating Procedures for CSIs , • Scientists understanding of Police needs? • Forensic Awareness in key Police Roles? • e.g. Custody, SIO • Variable performance of Police Forensic specialists: • Demonstration of Competence • Assessment in the workplace - NOS

    6. www.npia.police.uk Forensic Marketplace • 1980s FSS swamped – Vol. Crime • 1991 Agency Status and charging • Positives – Drove necessary Change • Forced Police to review submissions • Negatives – Altered relationships • In-force services vs External Provision • Forensics (Science) as a Commodity vs a Service?

    7. www.npia.police.uk Significant Reviews • FSS - Using Forensic Science Effectively 1996 • HMIC - Under the Microsope 2000 • VCSI role • Training • UtM Refocussed 2002

    8. www.npia.police.uk Forensic Practitioners • Use of Skills for Justice NOS • Training design • Assessment (in the workplace)‏ • National Training and Development Programmes (Fingerprint and CSI)‏ • Professional Registration • CRFP (Indirect process?)‏

    9. www.npia.police.uk ACPO Strategic Framework • Forensic Science largest external police spend • Perceived need to drive down costs • Value? • Procurement exercises • Encourage competition

    10. External Provision e.g. CSI, Footwear, Drugs Perceived Value of Forensic Science? Police Forensic Services e.g. CSI, Fingerprints, Footwear High Impact Low e.g. Fibres, Glass High Cost Low www.npia.police.uk

    11. www.npia.police.uk ACPO Strategic Framework • Need for Fundamental Review • Rebranded as ‘Forensics21’ • Break down silos • Business Change focus • Benefits Driven

    12. www.npia.police.uk Forensic Science Committee CHAIR Forensic Science Committee CC Chris Sims NDNADB Strategy Board Gary Pugh FSC Sub-Groups Regional Forensic Groups – Performance & Standards DCC Adrian Lee Forensic Science Training & Competence DCC Clive Wolfendale Forensic Pathology ACC Stuart Hyde Executive ACPO Chairs Market Development ACC Chris Eyre Forensic Databases CC Jon Stoddart Technology & Innovation ACC Peter Goodman Business Change Group Business Support Expert Network

    13. www.npia.police.uk FSC Work Process

    14. www.npia.police.uk ACPO Forensics21 Programme • Currently 6 Projects: • Market Development • Procurement of Forensic Services • ‘Bundles of work’ • Training and Competence • Specialist and General Policing • Performance and Standards • Development of SOPs

    15. www.npia.police.uk ACPO Forensics21 Programme • Forensic Databases • DNA, Ident1, Footwear • Technology and Innovation • Remote Transfer • Business Change • Fingerprint Processes

    16. www.npia.police.uk Forensic Science Competence Project • Specialist Roles • CSI, Fingerprint, Laboratory • General Policing • IPLDP, Custody, PCSO, ICIDP

    17. UKAS Accreditation – ISO 17020/17025 Skills for Justice National Occupational Standards Training Event Professional Development Verification Professional Development Verification Professional Development Verification Registration Registration Registration Career Pathway Recruitment & Induction Training Event Training Event Workplace Assessment Workplace Assessment Workplace Assessment University Accreditation of Programmes

    18. www.npia.police.uk Implementation of CSI Learning Programme Internal Verification Internal Verification Recruitment Induction Registration VCSI Registration CSI Crime Scene Manager Development Module Evidential Portfolio Specialist Training Foundation Module Evidential Portfolio CPD Cycle CPD Cycle

    19. www.npia.police.uk Forensic Regulator Set Quality Framework and Standards Consultation Paper – Move to UKAS Accreditation Same Approach as Forensic Service Providers ISO 17020/17025 Resources – (10% - 15% turnover)‏ Organisation, Methods, Practitioner Competence Registration?

    20. www.npia.police.uk Police Forensic Competence Framework

    21. Any Questions?