Tom Nelson (C Chem MRSC) will take up the post of Director with immediate effect. Tom has been heavily involved in shaping the new forensic service over the past few years. He has previously worked with the Northern Ireland Forensic Science Laboratory and was Head of the Lothian and Borders Police Forensic Laboratory, before leading the work to establish the SPSA Forensic Services David Mulhern, Chief Executive of the Scottish Police Services Authority said:
"This is an exciting time in the history of the Scottish Criminal Justice System as we establish a new national forensic science service. This new service will pull together all our existing forensic and fingerprint capability. We will also integrate Scene of Crime Officers, placing us at the forefront of evidence capture and analysis. By making these significant changes we will provide, for the first time a fully integrated national service from crime scene to court".
has been involved in this area of work for many years and latterly has been committed to developing the future shape of this new organisation. I am confident that his
experience and expertise will be a huge asset not only in leading the Forensic Services but also to the wider Scottish Police Services Authority and Criminal Justice System".
Tom Nelson, Director of the Forensic Services commented:
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this new and exciting organisation and to continue the work I have been closely involved with over recent years. By bringing all aspects of evidence capture and analysis together we will provide a national approach that aims to deliver a world class service within the Scottish Criminal Justice System".
NOTES FOR NEWS EDITORS:
Tom Nelson has been a Forensic Scientist for 25 years.
15 of those years were spent with the Northern Ireland Forensic Science Laboratory
He started work in chemistry but later developed an expertise in fire investigation.
He also worked extensively in the paint, glass and general chemistry departments.