Authors: Christopher Church, INTERPOL Digital Forensics Laboratory, INTERPOL Innovation Centre, Singapore



Drones are now very popular; from recreational use by children, to adoption by experienced criminals for the distribution of illegal items. Whether you are interested in using the technology or not, it is impossible to escape the continual presence of drones in our everyday lives – whether as a recreational pastime in the park, in mainstream media, footage on social media platforms, or on television and in films. There are regularly news stories, both positive and negative, about the use of drones, and the opportunities, risks and threats they can pose to leading industries as well as the general public.

The combined increase of recreational and commercial UAV adoption around the globe highlights that interaction with these devices, and their owners and operators, will continue to become more common for police forces and law enforcement agencies in the coming years.

This workshop, drawing from the FRAMEWORK FOR RESPONDING TO A DRONE INCIDENT (INTERPOL, 2020), is an introduction to managing and processing a drone incident.


Christopher Church has been working in the field of phone forensics since 2005, dealing with national and international cases. His work is to assist 195 member countries of INTERPOL understanding the new risks and threats from emerging technology.

He is responsible for the INTERPOL drone initiative and has hosted specialized events in drone forensics and drone countermeasures over the last five years.
He is lead for the INTERPOL Drone Expert Group, Metaverse Investigations and Forensics, Synthetic Media Expert Group and also leads several initiatives in car forensics, 3D Scanning and assists INTERPOL and its member countries identify the emerging technologies and emerging threats and opportunities that the technology presents to law enforcement.

Mr Church has earned an international reputation for innovation in the forensics field as well as hosting innovative conferences that look at specific issues and challenges to law enforcement and industry.

He is the lead for Drones and CUAS at INTERPOL; Head of ENLETS Drone Forensic Technology Interest Group; and Package leader at Project Courageous – An EU Security Funded Program to develop a Framework for the assessment, selection and testing of CUAS for Law Enforcement