Home Office Science – Forensic Information Databases Service (FINDS)- Tenprint Identification Officer (NFPO)

Home Office

Summary
The Home Office is one of the great departments of State. We are the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, counter-terrorism, fire services and the police.

Our priorities are to:
• Empower the public to hold the police to account for their role in cutting crime
• Free up the police to fight crime more effectively and efficiently
• Create a more integrated criminal justice system
• Secure our borders and reduce immigration
• Protect people’s freedoms and civil liberties
• Protect our citizens from terrorism

There is considerable scale and variety to what we do. Every year our systems process millions of visa applications, border crossings, and passport applications.
Job description
Home office science:
Science and technology, together with research and analysis, are essential to the Home Office as they provide the capabilities and evidence base underpinning our policies and operational practice across law enforcement, counter terrorism and borders, immigration and citizenship.

The Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), Professor Jennifer Rubin, provides independent scientific advice to the Home Office. The CSA works with the Permanent Secretary, Home Secretary and other Ministers and officials to ensure the best scientific advice is brought to bear on the Home Office’s strategy, policy making and operational decisions.

The CSA also works closely with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the cross-Government community of CSAs, UK Research and Innovation and other high profile national and international bodies, to share best practice and further develop partnerships. In addition, HO Science leads several Science delivery functions including those for Animals in Science Regulation, the National DNA Database, Forensic Pathology and the Forensic Science Regulator.

Forensic information database service
The Forensic Information Databases Service (FINDS) provides a national service that handles the inputs, outputs and data integrity of the forensic databases (namely the National DNA Database, IDENT1 and the National Footwear Database). Each of these databases identifies links between DNA or marks found at scenes of crime with DNA, ten prints or shoe impressions acquired from arrestees (and on occasion other individuals such as vulnerable persons and missing persons).

Within the National Fingerprint and PNC Office (NFPO), the Fingerprint Services Team’s main responsibility is to maintain the accuracy and integrity of Ident 1 and the related fingerprint data held on the Police National Computer (PNC).

Providing a central customer base for fingerprint and system expertise supplying advice, support and problem resolution to UK policing. Using fingerprint expertise, ensuring the intelligence provided to UK forces via the information stored on these databases is not compromised.

The Tenprint Identification Officer provides operational support to police forces and key partners, researching and performing essential updates on the IDENT1 and PNC systems and monitors occurrences of data anomaly to make corrective actions. These responsibilities help to assure the quality and integrity of the data held on both national systems.

This is a critical role for maintaining public confidence in the national forensic databases in supporting policing in reducing crime, maintaining order and bringing offenders to justice.

Responsibilities
Key responsibilities:

– To act as a central customer provider for all UK police force fingerprint bureaux, Ident 1 and PNC users and suppliers, offering expert knowledge and experience in the day to day processing of fingerprint data. To provide timely support and clear guidance to users, ensuring the integrity and quality of the fingerprint related data held on Ident 1 and PNC is maintained by identifying and rectifying data anomalies.

– To work to the data assurance strategy for the fingerprint database in line with customer requirements agreed by the Forensic Information Database Strategy Board:

– Working with partners within the fingerprint supply chain, the role holder puts in place improvement and corrective actions to ensure continual improvement of the integrity of the records resulting from said supply chain;

– Presenting the impact of the national fingerprint database both in terms of issues but also in terms of continual improvement and good practice;

– Ensuring the NFPO can respond to ministerial submissions, Parliamentary questions (PQs) and Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests and ensuring that the management · of information feeding into these responses is accurate.

– To provide advice and knowledge to the NFPO manager and the FINDS senior manager to aid the improvement and accuracy of Ident 1.

– To maintain effective relationships with Home Office colleagues, law enforcement agencies in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and system suppliers.

– To have responsibility for undertaking any other duties that may be reasonably required commensurate with the grade of the post.

To be effective in this role, the following ESSENTIAL CRITERIA are required:

– National Fingerprint Learning Programme at an accredited Fingerprint training school and successful completion to the level of National Tenprint Operator.

– Knowledge of maintaining a fingerprint collection.

– Experience of working in a Police Force Fingerprint environment.

– Experience and working knowledge of the role of fingerprints in law enforcement.

– Demonstrates good knowledge of the policies and procedures impacting on the police, system suppliers and CJS to ensure that the data obtained is accurate and interpreted correctly, in the context of the environment of the database.

– In depth understanding of current legislation relating to taking, processing and retention of fingerprints and fingerprint data and their associated data on other national systems.

– Possesses excellent communication skills (both written and oral), which convey key issues, information and solutions effectively to an audience from a range of backgrounds.

– Able to analyse and interpret large amounts of information effectively and present findings from it clearly and concisely.

– Has excellent judgement and decision making skills; is able to assess what the impact of releasing sensitive information will be and is able to manage that impact.

– Demonstrable track record of establishing the best course of action from a range of established alternatives resulting from the analysis of information.

– Possesses excellent communication skills (both written and oral), which convey key issues, information and solutions effectively to an audience from a range of backgrounds.

– Has excellent judgement and decision-making skills; is able to assess what the impact of releasing sensitive information will be and is able to manage that impact.

As well as the above essential criteria, there are the following DESIRABLE CRITERIA:

– Knowledge of the workings of central government departments and the drivers, targets and measures of business performance in a public service environment.

– Understanding and experience in quality management and project management methodologies.

– Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Qualifications
National Fingerprint Learning Programme at an accredited Fingerprint training school and successful completion to the level of National Tenprint Operator.
Behaviours
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Changing and Improving
Delivering at Pace
Seeing the Big Picture
Working Together
Benefits
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

To apply for this job please visit www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk.


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