The Forensic Capability Network (FCN) is operated by policing on behalf of all 43 police forces in England and Wales. It aims to increase efficiency, quality and to manage demand. It has enabled all police forces to work with it, including through national incidents such as the response to Covid-19, where a national contingency plan has been enacted and national co-ordination of the supplier market is required.
The FCN has established a specialist scientific team, to identify and exploit future scientific opportunities. More information can be found here: https://www.fcn.police.uk/pillars/fcn-science
The ‘Office of the Chief Scientist’ is being established by the FCN. Its role is set out in the FCN Prospectus which can be read here: https://www.fcn.police.uk/sites/default/files/2019-09/FCN%20Prospectus_0.pdf