Forensic Collision Investigator

Surrey Police & Sussex Police Collaboration

This role is within a unit where Surrey Police and Sussex Police work in collaboration, whilst continuing to be two separate legal entities/employers with different terms and conditions.

Both Surrey Police staff and Sussex Police staff are employed in this unit on their own force terms and conditions.

Successful candidates may be appointed on the terms and conditions of employment of either Surrey Police or Sussex Police, depending on organisational requirements. A discussion will be held with the successful candidate to confirm the details of location, salary, allowance and hours.

Division / Department – Operations Command
Status – Full Time
Contract Type – Permanent
Grade – Surrey Police Grade H / Sussex Police Grade 11
Salary Grade Range – Surrey Police £31,780 – £37,969 / Sussex Police £32,796 – £36,369

The starting salary for this role will usually be at the bottom of the salary range.

The Role
The FCI role involves examining scenes, collecting evidence and data, conducting research, reconstructing incidents, preparing in-depth reports and the presentation of expert evidence at criminal and civil courts.

Key Responsibilities
To attend incidents as required, and conduct both the evidence gathering phase and subsequent reconstruction phase in accordance with legislation, ISO Quality Standards, Civil & Criminal Procedure Rules and any other agreed local or national protocols.

To conduct static and dynamic risk assessments before and during any work undertaken to ensure compliance with Health and Safety legislation.

To conduct vehicle examinations as required and to record findings and liaise with specialist experts / manufacturers as necessary.

To record evidence at scene and subsequent vehicle examinations with competent use of digital photography, laser, surveying and other equipment.

To maintain appropriate records and audit trails (both manual and electronic) in respect of evidence gathering, forensic reconstructions and exhibits.

To conduct an appropriate level of investigation and produce suitable evidential packages and reports.

As an expert witness, give evidence at Magistrates, Crown, Coroners and Civil proceedings.

To be proficient in the use of computer and I.T systems, especially Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Computer Aided Design packages such as RiScan Pro / RiSOLVE and Animation software.

To maintain competence in the FCI role, following training and qualification pathways as required.

Skills & Experience

UCPD Forensic Road Collision Investigation, or equivalent City and Guilds Advanced Police Forensic Collision Investigation examination pass (including statistics).

To have proven mathematical ability and good literacy skills, by assessment, if required.

To be computer literate and have sound practical knowledge of Microsoft office programs.

To hold a full car driving licence and be willing to be trained to police advance driving standard.

To possess or be willing to undertake motorcycle training.

To possess or be willing to be trained in additional driving groups.

Be able to show competence with day and night photography.

Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Must be able to manage own workload and prioritise competing demands.

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with members of the public, senior managers, partner agencies and colleagues whether at scene or in other environments.

Excellent problem solving ability.

A track record showing personal responsibility.

Flexibility, as some shifts may be subject to change at short notice and hours of work may be extended due to operational commitments / exigencies of duty.

Must be aware of Health and Safety and be able to carry out both static and dynamic risk assessments


To have proven experience in the area of Collision Investigation, including scene examination, reconstruction reporting and giving evidence before Crown, Magistrates, Coroners and Civil courts.

Have obtained, or working towards:
Cert HE Forensic Road Collision Investigation
FdSc Forensic Road Collision Investigation
BSc Forensic Road Collision Investigation

Qualifications in / working knowledge of:
Surveying techniques in one or more of the following: use of Total Stations, GPS, Laser Scanners, Chain and offset measurement and recording and Triangulation methods Vehicle handling dynamics Vehicle electronic systems
Air braking systems
Anti-lock braking systems
Pedestrian collision dynamics
Motorcycle collision dynamics
Forensic light bulb examination
Forensic tyre examination
City and Guilds light vehicle examination (or equivalent)

Proven experience of presenting evidence.
AAE/CAE/Eng Tech or similar vehicle mechanic qualification.
Trainer / teaching qualification
To be a member of, or be able to successfully apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
Current full membership of Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (MITAI) or working towards membership
Licentiateship of City and Guild of the London Institute DSA licence for Large Goods vehicles

Further Information
For further information please contact:

Mr Colin O’Neill – Senior Forensic Collision Investigator Shoreham Base
Telephone – Internal 582217 / External 01273 404083

Mr Stuart Cameron Senior Forensic Collision Investigator Woking Base
Telephone – Internal 32618 / External 01483 632618

A/Inspector Dan Pitcher FCIU Inspector

Applicants should be aware that the post also involves an ‘on-call’ element to provide out of hours response as part of a rota system, and additional payments are provided for this.

Diversity Statement
We are only as good as our people. It’s really important to us that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we believe that as an organisation we’ll benefit from the variety of thinking, approach and skills that diversity can bring; all of which helps us to deliver a better policing service.

We have worked really hard to create a safe, open and inclusive culture. We have a range of staff networking groups to provide specific support and advice and we are proud to be members of Stonewall and Disability Confident, and to be aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities so, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status or religious beliefs, we would love to hear from you.

Additional Information
Surrey Police and Sussex Police work together in collaboration for this role, however they remain two different employers, with differing pay scales, allowances and terms and conditions including hours of employment.

This post is being advertised in parallel with Force redeployment processes. Any redeployees who are identified will be given preference. This may result in the post being withdrawn at any point during the recruitment process.

If you are an internal candidate looking to apply for this role, it is really important that you inform and seek support from your line manager of your intention to submit an application for this role as this allows for sufficient resource planning. Failure to inform your line manager may result in a delay in a release dates being agreed.

If you are conditionally offered the role your attendance record and any reasonable adjustments already in place will be discussed with yourself and your current line manager. If you are successful in your application, you may be required to resign and transfer your employment, taking on the Terms & Conditions and pay scales of the Lead Force (if this is not your existing Home Force).

Surrey Police and Sussex Police Special Constables, Volunteers and Agency Staff (excluding self employed workers) covered under the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) are eligible to apply for internal advertised posts.

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