Amy VanDerPoel

Amy VanDerPoel

Forensic officer (drug analyst)
Victoria Police Forensic Services Centre
Graduate 2006

My job is never dull. I analyse all sorts of illicit substances and drugs. I also do a lot of analytical chemistry – every day is different.

In addition to my role as a drug analyst, I have another role as a fire and explosives investigator. I'm on call one week every month to attend scenes where there's suspected arson or a fatality due to fire. My role is to determine the cause of the fire and if accelerants were used, and to search for  other evidence that may assist the investigation.

That also involves giving evidence in court. A highlight of my career was assisting with the Victorian bushfires investigation.