Forensic Science Regulator Report (Investigation of Homicides)
Responding to the report, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for the Homicide Working Group, Chief Constable David Crompton, said:
“The police service welcomes the publication of this report by the Forensic Science Regulator which is based on data from 2012.
“The investigation of death, whether suspicious or otherwise, is a significant role for the police. Whilst it is important to recognise that there is no evidence that homicides have been missed, it is equally important to acknowledge that this potential exists and that procedures for dealing with deaths are being reviewed in order to reduce the likelihood of this occurring.
“Discussions are underway with the College of Policing to reassess the training which is available to officers and all chief constables have been provided with a copy of the Forensic Regulators report so that they can assess whether their local response is adequate.
"The police service has an excellent record of dealing with suspicious death and homicide, however this report constitutes an important reminder that these standards must not be allowed to slip.”