Charmaine Bale

Deputy Course Leader – Crime and Investigative Studies

Lecturer in Crime and Investigative Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Life Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Forensic science and crime , Policing

Research Supervision:Yes

After 15 years working within scientific units for three police forces, Charmaine now teaches at ARU on the Crime and Investigative Studies and Forensic Science degree courses.

Charmaine was employed as a Crime Scene Investigator from 2004 before moving into Digital Forensics in 2018 covering a wide variety of cases and investigations.

charmaine.bale@aru.ac.uk

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Background

After completing a degree in Applied Science and Forensic Measurement and a PgDip in Biotechnology at the University of Teesside, Charmaine was employed as a Crime Scene Investigator with Gwent Police for over 11 years. Charmaine then continued experience as a CSI with Lincolnshire Police for a further 18 months before moving to Northamptonshire Police in the role of Mobile Device Investigator.

Charmaine has completed the required professional courses from the College of Policing studying Crime Scene Investigation and Core Skills in Mobile Phone Forensics.

Charmaine has also gained a BTEC in Fire Investigation from the Fire Service College and professional competency qualifications from Cellebrite and XRY in mobile device examination and extraction analysis along with experience in CAID grading and review.

Research interests

Epistemology of Forensic Science
Forensic Imaging

Areas of research supervision

Current projects include:

  • Wellbeing of police staff
  • Public and media view of policing
  • Review of domestic violence over the Covid pandemic
  • Footwear analysis
  • Pedagogical methodology within operational forensic science.

Teaching

Module leader for the following modules:

  • Introduction to Forensic Photography and Methodologies – Level 4 CIS/FS
  • Module leader for Evidence Collection Management – Level 7 FS

Module tutor for the following modules:

  • Digital Forensics
  • Forensic Scene Examination
  • Mass Fatality Incidents
  • Evidence Based Policing
  • Police and Forensic Investigations
  • Major Investigations
  • Management of Major Incidents
  • Specialised Topics in Investigative Sciences
  • Advanced Forensic Methodologies.

Qualifications

Anglia Ruskin University

Professional Doctoral (In Progress) - Epistemology of Forensic Science

PG Cert Learning and Teaching (Higher Education)

University of Teesside

BSc Applied Science and Forensic Measurement

PgDip Biotechnology

College of Policing

Volume Crime Scene Investigation

Crime Scene Investigation Tier 1

Crime Scene Investigation Tier 2

Core Skills in Mobile Phone Forensics

Fire Service College

BTEC Fire Investigation

Forensic Science Service

Laboratory Skills

Footwear Analysis

Cellebrite

Certified Operator

Certified Physical Analyst

XRY

Foundation in Mobile Phone Kiosk

Memberships, editorial boards

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences - Member (Professional)

Chartered Institute of Information Security – Associate

Advance HE - Fellow

Media experience

Question of the Week podcast

University of Teesside – Alumni Interview