Safer Communities through Forensic Excellence

We are excited to be jointly developing bespoke training courses for Staffordshire Police and creating advanced and superior training and career development opportunities for the forensic staff and the student community

Professor Andrew Jackson, Award Group Leader for Forensic and Crime Science

Pushing the boundaries of Forensics is the aim of a new initiative launched by Staffordshire University and Staffordshire Police.

The partnership sees the launch of a centre of academic and operational excellence in the fascinating and fast developing world of forensics.

University students studying Forensic Science, Forensic Investigation and Digital Forensics will now gain experience of real life forensic cases, working alongside Staffordshire Police forensic investigators.

Students will also benefit from formal programmes of work within their modules to enhance their professional and practical experience.

University facilities available include a fully equipped crime scene house and specially equipped forensic science and digital forensic laboratories.

The collaboration is fully supported by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Police specialisms in forensics include the recovery and examination of fingerprints, DNA, shoe marks and rapidly evolving digital subjects including data recovery from computers and mobile phones.

John Beckwith, Head of Forensics, Staffordshire Police, said:  "This is a tremendously exciting opportunity to improve the way we operate, innovate, develop competence and improve our services to the community. The development of this centre of excellence will ensure Staffordshire remains at the forefront of forensic techniques, ensuring a responsive and dynamic forensic service which is accredited and cost effective."

“Our aim is to improve how we serve our communities, for example through the rapid use of identification and digital forensics to resolve crime and reduce risk.  Digital forensic investigation is the fastest moving and most technically challenging area of forensics that I have ever known.  The rapid delivery of digital forensic services is having a significant impact on the detection and intervention of crime particularly surrounding the area of protecting children. “

“Our partnership with the University will strengthen this area of expertise in Staffordshire Police's determination to intercept active offenders and improve our ability to undertake this work at a crime scene.  Rapid access to forensic information and data enables us to deliver our findings into early investigations where they can have most impact".

Professor Andrew Jackson, Award Group Leader for Forensic and Crime Science at Staffordshire University, said: "The partnership has evolved out of a long term working relationship with Staffordshire Police.  We are excited to be jointly developing bespoke training courses for Staffordshire Police and creating advanced and superior training and career development opportunities for the forensic staff and the student community, whilst driving consistency and high standards.

“This form of collaboration further enhances our strategic partnerships and networks in the UK and beyond, to inspire confidence and provide know-how to Government, Strategic Leaders and Business.  It also provides our students with opportunities to work with experts in the area and to increase their knowledge of 'real life' forensics.

“Staffordshire University and Staffordshire Police are working together to equip the forensic professionals of the future with the technology and skills needed in the 21st century."

The launch event is being held on April 28 at 2pm at The Science Centre, Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DF.

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