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Professor Gary Pugh - Director of Forensic Services, Metropolitan Police Service

The profile of forensic science has hardly been higher whether celebrating the identification and prosecution of a violent offender or highlighting failure to find crucial evidence. In addition, there has been significant public and political debate on the use and extent of forensic databases such as DNA.

In his lecture, Professor Pugh set out the background to the current provision of forensic science and explored the use and role of forensic science in the administration of justice and informing an understanding of criminality. The role of forensic databases and the commercial development of forensic science in England and Wales was also considered in terms of the benefits and risks. Finally, he set out the likely direction of forensic science and those factors that will shape future provision and use.

Gary Pugh is responsible for the leadership of Forensic Services as well as the development and implementation of the strategy for forensic science that supports the Metropolitan Police Service. He is a chemistry graduate who joined the Home Office Forensic Science Service in 1979, spending 10 years as an operational forensic scientist. He was part of the team that led the recasting of the Forensic Science Service (FSS), as an executive agency responsible for supplying forensics to the police and is a former director of the FSS

Gary has acted as a consultant to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for the ‘Under the Microscope’ Inspection and the Homicide Thematic Inspection of the Metropolitan Police Service. He was recently appointed Chair of the National DNA Database Strategy Board and Visiting Professor to the School of Applied Sciences at Northumbria University.