Lead Crime Scene Investigator (Tier 3)

Thames Valley Police


A new and exciting opportunity has arisen within the Forensic Investigation Unit at Thames Valley Police for a highly motivated and capable individual to join the team as a Lead Crime Scene Investigator. This key role is demanding and challenging but equally rewarding. To meet the challenges of modern policing, successful individuals will be dynamic and flexible, with an ability to lead and make complex decisions in a variety of scenarios in order to deliver effective front line forensic services. You will be required to support and develop less experienced team members; take responsibility at scenes for managing resources and crime scene examination activities; engage with appropriate stakeholders to maximise forensic outcomes; provide specialist advice with the ability to present findings in a clear and concise manner. Lead Crime Scene Investigators must demonstrate personal resilience, excellent organisation, and be willing to adapt to the variety of challenges and changes that this opportunity offers. The management of front line digital forensics as well as balancing the demands of technical competence and the tutoring of staff will all form part of the Lead Crime Scene Investigator role. Knowledge and implementation of ISO 17020 will be required to underpin scene examinations and outcomes. At times you will be required to attend unpleasant scenes and deal with distressing events.

Successful applicants will have the knowledge and skills to understand, assess, photograph, examine, recover and interpret information and forensic evidence within all types of crime scenes as a competent practitioner. In addition to physical forensics, the post holder will be required to undertake digital forensic examinations, including the triage of digital devices containing images of an unpleasant and distressing nature. Accurate note taking and record keeping are essential.

You will have direct line management responsibility of Digital Evidence Technicians, to ensure they are supported and developed through the PDR process. There will be the requirement to deputise for CSI Supervisors, making resource decisions, staff welfare, and contributing to service improvement through performance management.

You will need recent and demonstrable experience of working within Crime Scene Investigation and will have completed the CSI Stage 1 & 2 Courses or a recognised equivalent, with evidence of competence in this field. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to handle stressful situations and prioritising tasks according to risk are essential.

Capability to travel across the Force is required in order to undertake training and operational deployment in a timely manner with the ability to work flexibly. Due to unsocial hours and personal safety for lone working public transport is not suitable. For this reason a full driving licence is considered essential for this role.

All applicants will be expected to undertake the established psychological screening process. Along with all other posts in Force Crime, Intelligence and Specialist Operations Departments, this role will require an enhanced level of vetting.

Candidates who pass shortlisting may be invited for a further assessment or interview.

As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 22-30 days annual leave per annum pro-rata for part time (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, a wide range of lifestyle discounts, career development opportunities and have the option to join a local government pension scheme. To view a full list of our benefits, please click the below link.

If you have any queries please contact People Services Recruitment Department at RecruitmentPoliceStaff@thamesvalley.pnn.police.ukquoting reference 17796. We will endeavour to respond to your query as quickly as possible.

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The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 25th April 2021.

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All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.

Within our organisation we have a number of active staff support networks.  We are proud to be a ‘Disability Confident’ Level 2 ‘Employer’ that is supported by RAMP – our dedicated reasonable adjustments process.   For more information, please visit our ‘Supporting You’ page on our website, www.tvpcareers.co.uk/supporting-you.

We are also proud to have a Positive Action and Engagement team who can provide support and guidance to anyone from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic background throughout the Police Officer recruitment process as well as advise on career development and progression.  They can be contacted via: positiveactionteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

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