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Paul Wheeler

Lecturer in Crime Scene Investigation
School of Natural Sciences

Paul joined the University of Central Lancashire in January 2018 after 32 years working for the Greater Manchester Police as a Crime Scene Investigator, Crime Scene Manager and Forensic Trainer. His particular areas of expertise lie in the fields of Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Photography.

Paul is currently the module lead for the Advanced Crime Scene Investigation Module. This introduces students to realistically forensically examine the more serious crime scenes such as sexual assaults, stabbings and murders using the UCLan scene houses. Paul also teaches Forensic Photography in the 1st and 2nd year modules and on the 1st year Crime Scene Science module. He is also the Peer Assisted Student Support lead for the Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation degree.

Paul joined the Greater Manchester Police 32 years ago as a Forensic Photographer and ultimately worked as Crime Scene Investigator and Crime Scene Manager for 26 years. He was the first civilian CSI to be employed by GMP. The roles he undertook for GMP allowed him to have active involvement in such scenes as the Manchester Air Disaster of 1985, the reopening of the Moors Murders search resulting in the discovery of Pauline Reade's body, the Manchester bombing of 1996 and the Manchester Arena bombing of 2017. For 25 years Paul was the head trainer for the Scientific Support Department organising the continuous and ongoing training for the new police recruits and experienced CID officers. In 1998 he developed a course aimed at educating the Greater Manchester Fire Brigade Officers in the forensic examination techniques applied by CSI. This resulted in the creation of the role of Fire Investigator and a closer liaison between the two services.

  • City and Guilds 744 Certificate in Pure Photography. (1981)
  • Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation, School of Policing 1992
  • Photography
  • Forensic Science
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Choral Music
  • Guitar
  • Singing