Chris has extensive practical experience in the management of forensic investigations into serious and complex crime. He was a Forensic Scene Manager with West Midlands Police, a major metropolitan force, for eighteen years and has been responsible for the direction and management of the forensic issues surrounding a wide variety of situations.
This responsibility would start with the initial attendance at an incident, establishing the control and preservation of the potential evidence and gathering all available information regarding the background to the incident. This would be followed by the tasking and management of other forensic investigation staff to record and recover evidence in accordance with best practice.
His ongoing priorities would be the health and safety of all personnel attending or working at crime scenes, the control of any cross contamination issues, and maintaining constant and efficient communication with the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) and the wider police investigative team. In conjunction with the SIO and Forensic Scientists, Chris would devise a forensic strategy for the submission and analysis of evidential items, monitoring the results from Forensic Service Providers and revising the strategy as necessary.
This involvement and responsibility would continue up to the presentation of the case before a court of law.
He was also responsible for the training and mentoring of newly appointed forensic investigators and the provision of training to police investigative officers from trainee detectives to SIOs.
Chris holds the University of Durham Diploma in Scientific Support to Criminal Investigation. He has also attended many training courses at the Forensic Centre, College of Policing. These include crime scene investigation skills, photography, chemical development of fingerprints, fire investigation, DNA recovery, Odontology, ballistics, post bomb scenes, crime scene management and the co-ordination of scientific support to major and/or serial crime.