Charmaine Johnson-Bale

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 3 police forces, I have now moved to ARU to teach on the Crime and Investigative Studies degree course.

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



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

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

I have also gained a BTEC in Fire Investigation from the Fire Service College and professional competency from Cellebrite and XRY in Mobile Device Examination.


Module leader for Introduction to Forensic Photography and Methodologies.

Assist on the following modules;

  • Digital Forensics
  • Forensic Scene Examination
  • Major Investigations
  • Management of Major Incidents
  • Mass Fatality Incidents
  • Police and Forensic Investigations
  • Specialised Topics in Investigative Sciences


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


Certified Operator

Certified Physical Analyst


Foundation in Mobile Phone Kiosk

Memberships, editorial boards

Held membership of Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Media experience

University of Teesside – Alumni Interview