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 This is us, the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy.

We aim to grow, innovate and excel in the field of forensic science.

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The Lancashire Forensic Science Academy [LFSA] is a collaboration between the University of Central Lancashire [UCLan], Lancashire Constabulary [LanCon] and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire [PCC]. The aim is to be a centre for the advancement of education, training, and research in forensic science and crime scene investigation. 


The LFSA is the first collaboration of its kind to be based within a Constabulary Headquarters. The academy allows professionals within the sector to advance their skills through training designed to combine police forensic expertise and academic excellence coupled with purpose-built facilities. This creates an optimum environment to meet a variety of professional development and training needs. 


The vision for the LFSA is "to become internationally recognized for outstanding education, training, innovation, research and delivery of forensic science". The Lancashire Forensic Science Academy aims to establish a centre of excellence by combining operational and academic expertise to support the forensic scientists and investigators of the future. The collaboration aims to nurture a culture of innovation and continuous improvement we hope to identify, and increase new capabilities for policing and forensic science which will address operational challenges through sector-focused education, training, research and industry advancement.

The transformative learning experiences at the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy are designed to help our students grow both in and out of the classroom. Established in 2019, the Academy is located in Hutton, Preston and reflects the vibrant energy of the area. Our passionate and skilled team members are here to help students and professionals become successful contributors to making an impact on the world. Are you ready to reach your potential?

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Gary Brooks | Superintendent


Anna Williams | Professor of Forensic Science

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Clive Grunshaw | The Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner 

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  1. This is the first time a university is co-located within an operational forensic lab at police premises, where students and professionals work alongside each other to deliver forensic services, teaching, training and research.

  2. This state-of-the-art facility has been opened to help shape the next generation of forensic scientists and enhance services across the North West, the UK and the global hub of experts.

  3. College of Policing endorsement allows us to maintain our position as a leader in education and professional expertise.