Digital Imagery and Reconstruction Manager

West Midlands Police

Role: Digital Imagery & Reconstruction Manager

Band: E Lower
Closing Date: 26th April 2021
The Role

As part of the Forensic Services Department, the Digital Imagery & Reconstruction Manager will lead on the operational coordination of service delivery for Digital Forensics response to major and volume crime within a variety of forensic disciplines.  You will shape new business and develop systems and processes in key areas, whilst providing leadership to the Digital Investigation teams and making senior technical decisions to support the investigation of all crime types.
You will be accountable for performance and quality issues and working alongside the Service Improvement Team, you will lead on the maintenance of Quality Management, staff training, development and competence  across a range of disciplines within a professionally run and accredited environment. In addition you will ensure that all records are maintained in accordance with FSD policy and procedures and are auditable.


You will:

Be directly responsible for the day to day operational running of the digital Imagery, comparison and reconstruction teams that include Forensic Collision Investigation, Evidence Presentation, Forensic Presentation, CCTV and Facial imagery.
Be responsible for the delivery of performance & SLA’s across digital Imagery, comparison and reconstruction teams.
Implement new forensic innovation, policies and processes as outlined by the Head of Digital Investigations.
Have responsibility for the development and welfare of forensics staff and conformance to Health and Safety Standards.
Represent the force on Regional and local specialist Groups.
Engage with NWOW projects.
Provide support to team leaders around recruitment and selection, performance management and WMP Conversations.
Ensure the effective coordination and management of major and complex submissions of a critical nature.
Commitment to own Continuous Professional Development and competency maintenance.
Deliver occasional specialist training.
Ensure the provision of adequate resources to manage minimum staffing levels and service delivery.
Participate in force tactical planning and delivery meetings.
Work with Head of Department in budget planning and the procurement of equipment and services.
Be the final arbiter on any technical challenges.

Essential Knowledge Experience and Skills
You will:

Have extensive knowledge and experience within a Forensic discipline.
Possess proven Leadership and Management ability.
Have a significant understanding of Health and Safety Management and Procedures.
Possess a valid driving licence.
Have an understanding of Quality Standards ISO 17020/17025 and the Forensic Science Regulators Codes of Practice.
Possess excellent communication and presentation skills.
Be able to work under pressure with competing demands.
Maintain confidentiality and apply discretion at all times.
Demonstrate a commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.
Have a proven ability to work at a high level, demonstrating competence of managing a forensic discipline whilst exercising strong leadership and motivating and developing staff.


Possess a recognised National Forensic Qualification.
Have experience of ISO accreditation 17020 /17025 and the Forensic Science Regulators Codes of Practice.
Knowledge of Criminal Justice System and the Evidential Process.
Awareness of Legal and Legislative requirements associated with Forensic Evidence.
Operational experience within a Forensic discipline.
Experience of delivering technological innovation into business that has improved service delivery·
Able to develop and proactively manage relationships with police investigators, key stakeholders and partners/customers.
Evidence and ability to apply a business perspective to daily challenges including negotiating, positively influencing, problem solving and project management skills.
Knowledge of the Forensic Collision Investigation Network (FCIN).


Work pattern is Monday to Friday 36.5 hours per week -flexible, but core hours, with an occasional requirement to work weekends.
The role is agile where the post holder will to work across the teams and locations. A lap top lite package will be provided.
West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions.  The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future.

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”

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