School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
JB Firth Building, JBF111
+44 (0) 1772 89 4394
Subject Areas: Forensic Science, Crime Scene Science
Allan was a career Crime Scene Investigator for 26 years, becoming Head of CSI and Forensic Quality Assurance Manager with one of the largest police forces in the United Kingdom. He has taught lectured and undertake consultancy in various places around the world. He has been engaged on monitoring work, on behalf of the European Commission, in respect of forensic institutions in candidate states. His areas of expertise are crime scene investigation, crime scene management and evidence management
Allan was a forensic support professional for over 25 years, serving in four police services and holds four Chief Constable Commendations for his crime scene work.
He holds a Diploma in Management Studies,De Montfort University, Milton Keynes, 1995
Between 1987 and 1998, Allan was Senior Scenes of Crime Officer then Scenes of Crime Manager for Bedfordshire Police. He was responsible for the management of Divisional Scenes of Crime Department and deputising for the Scientific Support Manager.
His main role was major scene management and he had county-wide duties including as designated officer for C.O.S.H.H. Regulations and associated ‘Health & Safety’ subjects.
Allan's project work in the role included co-authorship of a report recommending establishment of the burglary response unit, leading to reduction in number of burglaries in Luton borough. He also authored a report on location of CCTV cameras, used by Luton Borough Council to obtain central government funding for installation.
As Scene of Crime Manager of Merseyside Police, he was in charge of the Force Scenes of Crime Unit (104 staff), including budgetary control, performance monitoring, policy, forward planning and liaison with external agencies. The unit consisted of six satellite CSI offices, Central Submissions Unit, Forensic Drawing Unit and Training & Quality Assurance Unit.
He undertook Major scene Scientific Support Co-ordinator duties and was responsible for review of forensic activities in major case investigations.
As a result of a force reorganisation, Allan was appointed to the newly established post of Forensic Quality Assurance Manager, heading up the Forensic Quality Assurance Management Unit consisting of the Central Submissions Unit, Training & Quality Assurance Unit and Forensic Intelligence Unit
The role also included developing and recommending forensic support policies and strategies to Chief Officers. He had corporate responsibility for performance management of all aspects of crime scene investigation from report to police through arrest of offender and subsequent criminal justice process.
He managed the quality assurance of the use of forensic science, liaising with forensic laboratories, Fire Service and other local and national agencies on matters of relevant strategy and policy and research and development of new techniques and equipment.
Liaison with local and national academic institutions provided links between academia and practitioners.
He was the Scientific Support lead reviewer of major case investigations and force cold case reviews (forensic evidence). He was also the Scientific Support Commander for any major disaster in the Force area and member of the regional liaison group.
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New techniques in fingerprint and marks development.
Testing new casting compounds
CEO - Forensic and Policing Services Association
Associate Member - International Association for Identification
Associate Member - International Homicide Investigators Association
Teaching crime scene science and forensic practice
Aug 2012 European Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting
The Hague, Netherlands (Paper presented)
Feb 2008 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting, Washington, DC, USA
Feb 2007 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting, San Antonio, TX, USA
Nov. 2006 First Khartoum Forensic Medicine Conference, Khartoum, Sudan
(Invited Paper presented)
Sep. 2006 Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences, Qawra, Malta (Invited Paper presented)
Sep. 2006 Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre and the Forensic Institute
Research Network Conference, Preston, United Kingdom (Workshop co-ordinator)
June 2006 European Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting
Helsinki, Finland (Poster Presentation)
Aug. 2005 International Association for Identification
Dallas TX, USA (Paper presented)
July 2005 Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre and the Forensic Institute
Research Network Conference Lincoln, United Kingdom (Workshop Co-ordinator)
June 2005 Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences
Monastir, Tunisia (Paper presented and Workshop Co-ordinator)
Sept. 2003 European Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting
July 2003 International Association for Identification Conference
July 2000 International Craniofacial Identification Conference
Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters, Washington DC
May 2000 National Craniofacial Identification Association Conference