Theresa May visits Forensic Innovation Centre

Digital Forensics Supervisor Simon Cullen, Scientific Support Services Manager Samantha Howard, Home Secretary Theresa May, Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes, Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith, and Chief Specials’ Office Tom Haye.

From left – Digital Forensics Supervisor Simon Cullen, Scientific Support Services Manager Samantha Howard, Home Secretary Theresa May, Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes, Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith, and Chief Specials’ Office Tom Haye.

Home Secretary Theresa May visited the Forensic Innovation Centre earlier this week – the pioneering joint venture between the University and Hampshire Constabulary.

She saw first-hand the forensic science and digital crime-fighting partnership where researchers, students and serving police staff work together to solve crimes while supporting students’ learning and career ambitions.

The visit highlighted the Home Office announcement today of a new pilot project involving specialist volunteers with digital skills to help Hampshire Constabulary to increase its ability to prevent and solve cyber crimes. This week marked the start of the Cyber Special Constables and Cyber Volunteer Programme operated by Hampshire and Gloucestershire Constabularies, which will run the programme together for the next six to twelve months.

Theresa May toured the award-winning facility, the first of its kind in the country, and watched demonstrations of digital detective work, and met several of the new cyber volunteers, police officers and staff at the Centre.

The Home Secretary with Simon Hayes and Professor Graham Galbraith.

The Home Secretary with Simon Hayes and Professor Graham Galbraith.

A round-table discussion was later led by Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire Simon Hayes, with the Home Secretary, officers from Hampshire and Gloucestershire Constabularies, the Cyber Special Constables and Volunteers, and the Universities of Portsmouth and Southampton, including the Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith. Professor Galbraith said: “It was a great opportunity to welcome the Home Secretary to the Forensic Innovation Centre to see for herself the success of the partnership between the University and Hampshire Constabulary. I am enormously proud of the innovative and pioneering work being carried out there.”

The partnership allows Portsmouth’s researchers to be at the forefront of any practical or professional changes and developments in the sector. For Hampshire Police, it offers an increased capacity to research, develop and test new forensic science methods, technology and techniques.

 

 

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