IFT experts can provide practical help and advice on all aspects of setting up and running forensic science laboratories, and ensuring their optimum use by investigators and the courts including:

  • Advising which areas of forensic science expertise might be most useful/appropriate in given jurisdictions
  • Designing, building or upgrading, and equipping of laboratory facilities
  • Training scientists to ensure they can use the equipment properly and produce reliable results
  • Training for forensic lab managers to ensure laboratories are run efficiently and effectively
  • Training for police investigators  to ensure optimum use of forensic facilities
  • Training and/or awareness programmes in forensic science for the Judiciary
  • Training and/or awareness for forensic scientists in requirements of international law and legal proceedings

Advice on Most Relevant Aspects of Forensic Science

Forensic science represents a wide range of individual scientific disciplines.  To maximise the effectiveness of any forensic laboratory, it is critical to understand which of these would be most relevant to any individual jurisdiction. IFT experts can assist with this through working with local Authorities to understand, for example, patterns of local crime, nature and scale of policing resources, requirements of the criminal justice system and Government aspirations.

Designing, Building and Equipping of Forensic Facilities

The design of a forensic laboratory will depend largely on the sorts of activities to be performed in it.  Working with building contractor and lab design partners, IFT experts translate these activities into physical requirements in terms of space, functionality and instrumentation, taking into account important relationships between different sorts of activity and their interdependencies and mutual exclusivities.

Forensic Science Training for Scientists

IFT provides a full suite of bespoke training courses covering all aspects of forensic science.  These can be delivered at foundation, intermediate and advanced level to reflect current state of knowledge of local scientists.  Courses or course elements  can also be combined to provide a comprehensive operational capability in a specific field eg. DNA and Fingerprints in connection with firearms to indicate not only which gun might have been used to commit a particular crime, but also who might have fired it.

Training in Forensic Laboratory Management

Amongst IFT experts are a number with considerable experience of the management of advanced forensic science laboratories to ensure efficient delivery of results, and effective use of resources.  This includes specialists in setting up and maintaining laboratory quality systems to the internationally accepted (ISO17025) Quality Standard. Courses on these critical aspects of forensic science service delivery are therefore also available from IFT.

Training in Forensic Science for Police Investigators

Having a forensic science capability is one thing, being able to use it effectively is quite another.  IFT can assist with this by ensuring that professionals whose activities impinge on forensic science eg. detectives and crime scene investigators, share a clear understanding of what works in particular circumstances so they can get the most out of their local laboratory.

Training in Forensic Science for Lawyers and the Judiciary

A good understanding of what kinds of scientific testing might be appropriate in given circumstances and what conclusions can safely be drawn from the results is essential for getting to the bottom of a case in Court.  IFT provides awareness training across the whole spectrum of the forensic sciences for Lawyers and the Judiciary to assist with this.

Training in International Law and Legal Issues for forensic scientists

Conversely, IFT also puts on courses designed to give forensic scientists an awareness of the requirements of international law and legal proceedings to ensure that they present their evidence within the relevant framework to facilitate the administration of criminal justice in different jurisdictions.

Depending on the circumstances, training can be delivered in a particular country, in the UK or in Holland where advanced facilities are already available for the purpose.

IFT’s trainers are all operational experts, imparting knowledge, expertise and skills of immediate use in-country.  Where required, academic elements can be added to courses to increase depth of knowledge and understanding, and to facilitate attainment of internationally recognised scientific qualifications.