Advanced BPA Training Course


Targeted at multi-agency LAW ENFORCEMENT practitioners who have previously attended a 40-hour BPA Training Course and want to improve their skills and knowledge in BPA and provide expert testimony.

Training Outline

Delivered over 5 days includes practical (wet room) sessions, instructor demonstrations and syndicate exercises which build on classroom-based teaching over 5 modules; concludes with an individual assessment of BPA interpretation of a mock-scene conducted in a moot court.  Participants receive a certificate of completion and performance appraisal.

Limited places available and early booking recommended.


The course instructors are internationally recognised BPA experts with a collective forensic and crime scene experience of over 55 years and have extensive operational experience in a range of related forensic disciplines including giving expert testimony in a court of law.

The training course is led by Jo Millington BSc (Hons) MSc PGCert MIABPA MCSFS, Senior Forensic Scientist at ArroGen Forensics in Oxfordshire, who has extensive experience in the multi-disciplinary forensic investigation of major and critical incidents having worked at the Lothian & Borders Police laboratory (Scotland) and most recently with the UK Forensic Science Service (FSS) and the Metropolitan Police Service in London. Jo has significant experience in the development and delivery of BPA training and continues to deliver bespoke training to a broad spectrum of practitioners nationally and internationally. Jo is a visiting lecturer at several UK Universities and holds the honorary position of Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and Senior Visiting Researcher at the University of Surrey.

Gillian Leak, BSc (Hons) C.Biol MRS Biol MIABPA  MCSFS, worked for the FSS from 1978 and is a very experienced forensic biologist who has investigated countless high profile cases.  Within the FSS she held the senior role of National Scientific Lead for BPA and was Principal grade for Scenes.  She had national responsibility for the overall quality framework, including competency standards.  She had responsibility for designing and delivery of training in BPA and crime scene management to various practitioners including scientists, police, CSIs and medical experts.  Gillian is currently an independent practitioner within Principal Forensic Services and a past member of SWGSTAIN.  She is a visiting lecturer at Huddersfield University and continues to deliver BPA training nationally and internationally to crime scene and laboratory-based practitioners.


'Practical sessions were invaluable in pulling together the information presented throughout the course'

'Well-structered learning delivered by instructors with enthusiasm and obvious knowledge'

'Presentations were expertly prepared and well presented'