Vice-President (New Zealand)
Rachel NICKERSON (since 2020)
I have a Master of Science majoring in Forensic Science and while finishing my thesis in 2003, I began my career with the NZ Police, as a civilian Crime Scene Attendant. I completed the SOCO training course at the RNZPC and was successfully appointed SOCO Level 1.
I completed the Diploma in Crime Scene Examination in 2013 progressing to SOCO Level 2 before being promoted to District Forensic Supervisor in 2014. I completed the NZQA Level 4 Adult Education Certification and in mid-2019 was appointed to the newly created position of Crime Scene Trainer, RNZPC, and moved to Wellington.
I am updating the SOCO training programme with the move to a virtual classroom as well as face-to-face problem-based learning, to ensure our training is accessible, relevant, consistent and authentic.