Fraser Sampson

Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Fraser Sampson

Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner
Home Office


Professor Sampson has over 40 years’ experience working in the criminal justice sector, having served as a police officer for 19 years before becoming a solicitor specialising in policing law, conduct and governance.

He is an Honorary Professor and member of the Advisory Board at the Centre for Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime research at Sheffield Hallam University where he gained a PHD in digital accountability in law enforcement.

He has also worked as the national chair of the Association of Police and Crime Chief Executives and was appointed CEO and solicitor to the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire in 2012, later being seconded as CEO to the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner in North Yorkshire.

Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material

The Biometrics Commissioner is independent of government. Their role is to:

  • keep under review the retention and use by the police of DNA samples, DNA profiles and fingerprints
  • decide applications by the police to retain DNA profiles and fingerprints (under section 63G of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984)
  • review national security determinations which are made or renewed by the police in connection with the retention of DNA profiles and fingerprints
  • provide reports to the Home Secretary about the carrying out of his functions

All session by Fraser Sampson

Biometric data

14:25 - 14:55