Identification Officer – Fingerprints

National Crime Agency

The NCA Identification Bureau is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. We are currently looking to recruit a G5 Identification Officers to join our team to provide specialist support to the NCA in the identification of persons in connection with agency activity. To be successful in this role you will apply all aspects of your specialism to develop intelligence in the proactive environment and build evidence in reactive operational activity.

Ideally candidates should have completed a fingerprint analysis training course at an initial level, have completed equivalent in-house training and work-based experience in a recognised forensic provider/bureau or hold an alternative forensic practitioner qualification and/or degree. With a sound understanding of working in a forensic or accredited environment, candidates should be supportive of continuous improvement, have good IT skills and be highly motivated and flexible to work on some of the most serious and organised crime affecting the UK.

As an Identification Officer the role is to process biometric data using national collections in accordance with Agency procedure, ISO 17025 standards and FSR Codes; produce accurate reports to support NCA core business and process fingerprint, DNA and demographic data as required in support of other internal business streams, including the maintenance of fingerprint records and related entities assuring rules on data retention and legal provisions are followed.
Job description
The Identification Bureau manages the NCA’s DNA function and access to the UK National Fingerprint Database (IDENT1). The business area conducts fingerprint comparison and searching activity in support of criminal justice outcomes and international fingerprint requirements on behalf of the UK, providing expert witness evidence for the organisation as required.

Successful candidates will hold Foundation/Initial level fingerprint training or equivalent. Consideration will be given to candidates with tenprint level competency or alternative forensic experience. Foundation training to be successfully completed within 12 month probation.

***All NCA officers must hold SC Enhanced upon entry as a minimum. To meet the National Security Vetting requirements for this role you will need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years. For more information please see the Candidate information Pack***

• Engage with and implement departmental procedures in line with forensic regulation and accreditation standards.
• Contribute to the development of tactical and operational biometric intelligence products.
• Perform a range of work activities utilising specialist databases in support of NCA Casework and other international functions.
• Conduct analysis, comparison and evaluation of friction ridge detail.
• Search marks and tenprints against national collections to determine identity.
• Create and maintain biometric records using IDENT1 and Specialist Collections and carry out relevant tasks to ensure rapid processing, including compliance activity in relation to the Protection of Freedoms Act.
The following qualifications/skills are essential to the role and proof will be required at interview:

– Foundation/Initial level fingerprint training or equivalent. Consideration will be given to candidates with tenprint level competency or alternative forensic experience. Foundation training to be successfully completed within 12 month probation.

Please ensure the dates of any accreditations you are relying on, are entered on to the CV.

Should you progress to the assessment stage of the process, you will be required to provide a copy of the original certificate.

Failure to provide evidence at interview may result in your application not progressing to the next stage.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Working Together
Communicating and Influencing
Technical skills
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Basic understanding of fingerprint standards, regulation and accreditation
Current knowledge of fingerprint database systems and understanding of related information management and data integrity issues.
Information technology skills including Microsoft Office applications.
Friction Ridge detail Analysis, comparison and Evaluation of either tenprints or marks.
If you are an active police pension member immediately prior to joining the NCA, you can continue your membership throughout your employment with us as if you were a serving police officer. If you do remain an active member and subsequently return to a police force, you should be able to continue your membership there too.

All officers in the NCA are members of the UK Civil Service. You will be eligible for:
• Civil Service pension scheme
• 26 days annual leave rising to 31 on completion of 5 years continuous service
• Training and development opportunities
• Cycle2work scheme

We take the welfare of NCA officers very seriously. All staff have access to Occupational Health services and there are a number of staff representative groups. We also have a range of sporting and other activities on offer.

We can provide flexible working arrangements if the role in question is suitable. These include flexi-time, job sharing and compressed hours (working contracted hours over a shorter period).

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