Lancashire Constabulary and UCLan’s School of Forensic and Applied Sciences have joined forces to create the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy.
In the first collaboration of its kind, CSIs, forensic science experts, academics and students benefit from shared expertise whilst working alongside each other in purpose-built facilities to research, investigate and deliver forensic science services in Lancashire.
The collaboration is part of Lancashire Constabulary’s commitment to innovation and is supported by a multi-million pound investment from UCLan to improve and enhance its forensic science department as part of the new venture.
This ground-breaking partnership gives students access to an operational environment.
During their studies with us, students in the field of forensic science will have the opportunity for:
CSI WORK SHADOWING
Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to shadow crime scene investigators as they conduct their work.
FORENSIC SCIENCE WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS
Based at the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy in fingerprints, footwear, drugs and body fluid analysis.
RESEARCH DISSERTATIONS AND PROJECTS
Undertake live projects linked to ongoing work of the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy in purpose built laboratories.
TEACHING BY OPERATIONALLY ACTIVE PROFESSIONALS
Operationally active scientific support professionals will teach in all aspects of our courses - from forensic practice, case studies and criminalistics through to professional accreditation and laboratory competence.
Innovation allows us to focus on continuous improvement across all areas of the organisation and where we feel it is right, attract our strongest partners to work closer with us to protect people and deliver value for money services.
The University has worked with us for many years in our research and evaluation. This new relationship brings us closer together during a time when policing and academia are driving up professional standards.
Rob Flanagan, Innovation Lead for Lancashire Constabulary
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.
Commissioner Clive Grunshaw