Thematic Networks

Network 2: Evidence and Investigation

Effective investigation of crimes and incidents is central to all police organisations. An investigation will seek to find all available evidence and intelligence that enable its objectives to be met. Today's investigator operates in an increasingly complex social and legal arena and is likely to lead a team of police and police staff with a wide range of skills and knowledge.

Science, technology, psychology, criminology and other areas of specialist knowledge continue to grow rapidly, presenting the investigator with new opportunities and risks. For example, the existence of national DNA databases with the potential for highly sophisticated intelligence use, has revolutionised how many investigations proceed and has identified the need for continued review of individual cases.

This network provides a focus for research in a range of specialist areas related to the role of the police in the recovery, interpretation and effective use of intelligence and evidence in the investigation of crime and major incidents. This includes the development and evaluation of policy and good practice in the strategic and tactical use of forensic sciences.

Network Steering Group

Associate Director and Chair:

Dr Penny Woolnough,
Abertay University

Academic Members:

Dr Lucina Hackman, 
University of Dundee.

Dr Penny Haddrill, 
Teaching Associate,
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith, 
Senior Lecturer,
University of Stirling

Dr Richard Jones, 
Lecturer in Criminology,
University of Edinburgh.

Dr Craig McKenzie, 
University of Dundee.

Dr Jennifer Murray, 
Health and Forensics Divisions,
Edinburgh Napier University.

Dr Hayley Ness, 
Senior Lecturer in Psychology,
The Open University, Scotland.

Dr George Weir, 
Computer and Information Sciences,
University of Strathclyde.

Dr Susan Griffiths, 
Lecturer, Psychology 
Robert Gordon University.

Police Liaison:

Tom Nelson,
Director, Forensic Services, 
Scottish Police Authority.

Fiona Douglas,
Head of Biology, Forensic Services, 
Scottish Police Authority.

DCS Gary Cunningham,
Police Scotland.

DCI John Wylie,
Police Scotland.