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Commissioner supports new Forensic Academy for Lancashire

7 April, 2017

A groundbreaking new forensic science academy has been announced as Lancashire Police, supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner joined forces with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The academy will be based at the Constabulary’s HQ and is the first collaboration of its kind where police forensic experts and students will work alongside each other. Hosted in new, purpose built facilities teams will research, investigate and deliver forensic science services in Lancashire.

New facilities will include state of the art research labs, equipment and teaching and training suites alongside simulation crime scene houses, accommodation and conferencing.

Commenting as the official agreement was signed Clive Grunshaw said, “This is a real opportunity for Lancashire to attract the best forensic teams in the country and to really develop a pioneering learning and development approach to our work.

“It will deliver real operational benefits and put Lancashire on the map in the field of forensic investigations.”

Under the new agreement, the Constabulary will open its doors to the University which will benefit from shared expertise of crime scene investigators and forensic science specialists teaching students everything from fingerprint and drug and body fluid analysis through to professional accreditation and laboratory competence.

In return, UCLan will support the joint venture with new equipment, research and additional resources throughout the department to enhance how Lancashire Constabulary detects crime and protects the most vulnerable people of Lancashire.

Andy Rhodes, Deputy Chief Constable of Lancashire said; “This is a ground-breaking initiative for Lancashire Constabulary and something we are really excited about.

“During a time when police forces are looking at ways to collaborate with other forces and regionalise forensic services, we have opted to keep a clear focus on how we can improve our delivery here in Lancashire and joining up with UCLan provides us with some fantastic opportunities”

The project is part of Lancashire Constabulary’s commitment to innovation and has attracted a multi-million pound investment from UCLan into supporting their forensic science department as part of the new venture.

UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas, said, “The University already has a long and established relationship with Lancashire Constabulary and this collaboration will make it even stronger as we work together to help the county take a lead role in the scientific investigation of crime.
“The partnership provides unparalleled opportunities for students to work in an operational policing environment and will help to inform the future of our teaching curriculum in the areas of forensic science and policing.

“In return, we will use our role as a University to support our community and the academy with new equipment and research that informs how Lancashire Constabulary tackles crime and protects vulnerable people.”

New investments will see facilities improved and enhanced, as well as enabling the Constabulary to make significant savings that it would have otherwise had to find elsewhere.

 

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