Elaine always had a passion for crime scene investigation and after completing her A Levels she was successful in her application to the Metropolitan Police’s Special Operations Fingerprint and Scene of Crime Unit as an Identification Officer.
After qualifying as a fingerprint expert in 1998 she moved to Lancashire Constabulary and took up the role of Crime Scene Investigator based at Blackburn. Elaine has an extensive operational experience of volume, serious and major crime including high profile homicide and counter terrorism investigations.
At the end of 2017, she joined the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy as a CSI Tutor. She has developed and delivered placements and workshops for both undergraduates and Master students, and also provided shadowing opportunities at ‘real’ crime scenes.
Elaine teaches on campus working closely with UCLan’s FSCI lecturers delivering practical’s in the scene houses and laboratory. She is also involved in the development and delivery of College of Policing CSI CPD courses for policing professionals from both National and International Police Forces.
Elaine's interests focus around the areas of mental health and well-being as well as inclusion, student support services, careers and employability. Answering a question related to her passion, Elaine says:
"My family, which includes our failed Guide Dog, Gareth!"