• Job Type
    Full Time
  • Location
  • September 26, 2021

Ballistics Material Examiner

West Midlands Police

An exciting opportunity has become available within the Forensic Services Department as a Ballistic Material Examiner.

Applications are invited from motivated, enthusiastic hardworking people for a role within a diverse, multifunctional team that is expanding to support the needs of the force.

The applicant will be working under the supervision of the Drug Expert and Ballistic Team Manager.

The post holder will be required to work Monday to Friday, flexibly between the hours of 7am and 6pm, and from time to time outside of core shift hours.

Key Specific Duties

Provide expert witness evidence, firearms classification reports and interpretation statements for the purposes of Investigation, Intelligence and case progression through to trial at court (in accordance with the requirements of laboratory standard ISO 17025).
Provide objective, professional and experience based evidence at Court, as and when required;
Provide advice, support and guidance on managing the forensic investigation of firearms related crime.
Manage forensic exhibits to ensure continuity, confidentiality and security is maintained at all times.
Review routine ballistic seizures to ensure no forensic or investigative opportunities are missed. Update internal and external agency record systems as appropriate.
Attend required self-development training in respect of expert witness provision. Maintain own CPD portfolio.
Manage case workload in an auditable manner.
The applicant will have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and will be required to regularly liaise with colleagues at all ranks within, and external to the organisation.  Excellent time and personal workload management is essential in this role.


Essential Requirements

Experience of written statement preparation and court presentation.
Willing to undertake additional training as required.
Experience in the field of firearms and ammunition
Detailed knowledge of firearms identification and relevant legislation
Understanding of criminal investigations with knowledge and experience of the criminal use of Firearms, and the law pertinent to the prosecution process.
Knowledge and understanding of the engineering techniques and basic chemistry and physics relating to firearms and ammunition
Able to perform methodically and scientifically, in a technical/laboratory environment.
Full UK Driving Licence
Desirable Requirements

Hold a relevant Ballistics professional qualification
Working knowledge of NaBIS and the WMP organisational architecture.
Previous investigative or policing experience.
Trained to provide classification of Firearms evidence
Knowledge of the requirements of Forensic Science Regulator and ISO 17025
Willing to undertake additional training as required.
Familiarity with accessing, and inputting intelligence relating to armed criminal activity/networks.
Awareness of trace evidence recovery, continuity and sensitive handling of intelligence.
Knowledge of Health and Safety requirements in the workplace that includes the safe handling of weapons and other ballistic/ hazardous/ explosive material
Understanding of principles of crime scenes examination
For further information about this role please contact:

Kurt Pfadenhauer – k.pfadenhauer@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Mick Killeen – m.killeen@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk


West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader – the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.  As part of our commitment we operate a ‘Disability Confident Interview Scheme’ – all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be offered an interview.


It is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practicable or appropriate to interview all disabled people who meet the essential criteria for the job. For example: in certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, seasonal and high-peak times, the employer may wish to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people. In these circumstances, the employer could select the candidates who best meet the essential criteria for the job, as they would do for non-disabled applicants.


“Diversity and Inclusion Vision:  Maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities”

To apply for this job please visit wmp.referrals.selectminds.com.