Excellence in Forensic Science Award

Excellence in Forensic Science Award

The award for excellence in the Field of Forensic Science recognizes novel and innovative use of forensic science tools and techniques by entities engaged in law enforcement activities. Model nominations should demonstrate how the current forensic science innovation aided criminal investigations and the wider impact of its use. Exemplary nominations should also illustrate how the current forensic science innovation was tested and subjected to scientific rigor.

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  • Teams within global police forces, drug enforcement agencies, research institutions, and academia who have spearheaded ground-breaking scientific methodologies, and research programmes to solve crime.
  • Entries can be related to any crime form and any vertical within forensics and criminology including genetics, fingerprints, digital forensics, etc.
  • Open for multiple entries from departments within a police force, law enforcement agency, research institution, or academia.
  • Entry can be submitted on an individual or team level.


Cover letter:

The entry must include a cover letter summarising why the team/unit is submitting an entry for this award category. The cover letter must be 500 words or less, personalised, and must articulate the team’s (or the individual’s) journey and story in championing the scientific research/project for the benefit of the force. The cover letter must include information on key initiatives, research methodologies, and cost benefits, if any, that have helped the programme.

Note: Cover letters can either be typed into the text box provided in the portal or may be uploaded as an attachment (word document or PDF).

Acknowledgment letters (mandatory)

Please include at least one acknowledgment/recommendation letter from your superiors or the head of the department highlighting the team’s efforts. Accepted formats: PDFs or image files (JPG/PNG). Letters that do not have signatures will not be accepted. Letters must be addressed to the Awards Jury of the World Police Awards 2024.

Other supporting documents (Optional)

  • Links to any news articles, interviews, or publications that highlight the crime
  • Photos or links to industry awards or recognition received if any


Measurable Impact (50%)

Please highlight how you (or your team) have made exceptional contributions to the development of forensic science. Try to quantify the scientific impact of your research on the enhancement of criminal identification/criminology/crime scene investigation as much as possible; the more numbers you include, the better.

 Innovation (30%)

Please explain how you (or your team) have embraced science, technology, and innovation to enhance the forensic capabilities of your force. Please note that innovation does not necessarily imply something completely new, for example, if a technology/process has been replicated from another region for the first time, this certainly counts as being innovative.

 Transferability (20%)

How easy is it to replicate the best practices of your strategy/technology/process and apply them to other locations locally or globally? Does it have the potential to become an industry best practice?