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

15 years experience working within scientific units for 3 police forces. Teaching at ARU on BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies. Trained as a Crime Scene Investigator and Digital Forensics.



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 (CSI) 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.


Introduction to Forensic and Police Photography module.


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

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Media experience

University of Teesside – Alumni Interview