Digital Forensic Investigator

Hampshire Constabulary

We are looking for two candidates to join the team as a Digital Forensic Investigator. This role is involved with the Forensic examination and retrieval of evidence and intelligence from digital devices and related media.



Key accountabilities include but are not limited to:
To carry out forensic examinations of digital devices and media. Where applicable, secure and retrieve relevant data from those devices, in accordance with national guidelines. To be carried out by utilising proprietary and bespoke forensic hardware and software.
Extract data using suitable applications for the Officer in the Case (OIC) to view. Be able to facilitate viewing of the data by the OIC and advise accordingly, so that the OIC may understand the evidential significance of what has been recovered and use that material to further his/her investigation and for presentation in court.
Prepare reports and statements and have a working knowledge of the rules of evidence relating to seizure, preservation and admissibility. Advise CPS/Counsel in relation of digital evidence and if necessary present evidence in court in a clear and comprehensible manner.
Provide technical advice and assistance to colleagues in relation to forensic examinations and advise and give guidance before/during/after interviews and the validity of answers provided by suspect. Assist OIC with finding potential weaknesses in statements.
Give presentations, briefings and provide internal training/mentoring for colleagues inside and outside of the DFG as directed by the Supervisor. This may include areas such as the correct procedures for search and seizure of Digital equipment or how the DFG conduct forensic examinations.
Attend crime scenes or commercial premises where there is a specific need for Digital technical expertise and advice.
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Additional Requirements

The role holder is required to visit various locations within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight during working hours, and therefore needs to have the ability to travel as necessary.
Phone Investigators Only – Work within a duty rota system by working weekend cover.

Computer Investigators Only – Be available as part of an on call facility in relation to the core activities of the HTCU.

Applicants will have to agree to undergo security vetting.   The applicant should be aware that a large proportion of the enquiries received at this Unit will mean that they will handle disturbing material which can include pornography of all types and indecent / abusive images of children. As a result, regular de-briefing sessions with occupational health will be required.
Essential Qualifications
Educated to QCF Level 6 in Computer Studies OR work experience deemed to have brought the postholder to a comparable level.
Essential Experience
Be able to demonstrate a comprehensive investigative/analytical capability
Experienced in the use of a wide range of operating systems. For example, Windows, Linux, OSX, Android.
Comprehensive working knowledge of a wide variety of file systems.
Familiar with and confident in, a command-line based environment.
Experience of producing detailed technical reports.
Competencies and Personal Qualities
We are Emotionally Aware Level 2

We Take Ownership Level 2

We Analyse Critically Level 2

We are Innovative and Open Minded Level 2


Candidate Guidance for Completing Application Form
Contact details for an informal discussion
Please contact the Recruitment Team at or call 01962 846438.
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