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QDE#2 Who are We?

Hannah Pocock - Forensic Document Examiner and Handwriting Expert


It always helps to know a little about the people 'behind' the name. . . so here are a few facts about Hannah!


I am a Cumbrian born and bred and was very fortunate to have been brought up with the Lake District on my doorstep. For as long as I can remember I have had an inquisitive mind and a passion for forensics and crime.

View of Derwentwater from Catbells ascent
View of Derwentwater from Catbells ascent

Preston to Prague and back again

I spent four fantastic years at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston studying for my Bachelor and Master degrees before moving a little further South to the Midlands. During my time at university I was selected to represent UCLan on an Erasmus Exchange Programme where I spent a semester living and studying in Prague at the Police Academy of Czech Republic, which was an absolutely fantastic experience.

The Midlands

While living in the Midlands I worked at both the Birmingham and Coventry Key Forensic Services Ltd (KFS) Questioned Documents laboratories. I also had a brief stint at their Warrington laboratory too on my way back up North.

I undertook my Forensic Document Examination training in Birmingham with the former Document Evidence Ltd team. I had the pleasure of working with and being mentored by some of the most experienced UK and International experts in the field of Questioned Documents. This is where I met Lis and I may have taken residence at her wonderful window desk… well, she did very kindly offer it to me whilst she was on maternity leave.

A most notable trainer of mine was the late, but very great, Kim Hughes, who not only was a superb mentor but who also sparked my love of teaching others about the niche world of Questioned Documents. His phrases and descriptions of characters still make me chuckle to this day… I may have borrowed the odd saying too!

Back ‘Up North’

After a decade away from Cumbria, the time came to move back up North to settle down. With the move came the opportunity to work for Cumbria Constabulary. Fulfilling two vital roles within the Constabulary, firstly as an Incident and Crime Evaluator in the Crime and Support Management Unit ensuring the correct crimes were recorded for the most serious of incidents. Then latterly as their sole Force Intelligence Analyst based within the Professional Standards Department’s Anti-Corruption Unit dealing with complaints and conduct matters lodged against police officers and police staff.

Today I find myself examining cases and writing reports with the most wonderful outlook from my desk. Every now and then I do get the feeling that I am being watched…


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