Data Forensic Technician

Job Description

Are you an innovative problem solver?

Do you want to make a difference in your community by examining computers and digital devices to obtain vital evidence?

We are recruiting for a Data Forensic Technician in our South West Forensics collaboration.

This is a key role within the department supporting, enhancing and creating new avenues of investigation for Officers and helping to bring offenders to justice.

In this role you will be part of a fast paced team dealing with the interrogation of a wide range of devices in order to obtain the best evidence possible for a wide variety of criminal cases.

On a typical day you will be extracting and analysing data from computers and liaising with a broad range of Police Officers, staff and outside organisations. 

In this role, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Responsibility for the management, maintenance, record handling, storage and quality assurance of forensic exhibits/paperwork, ensuring adherence to ACPO good practice.
  • Providing administrative support to the Unit, managing records of stock control and undertaking systems and processes for server data backup and restore routines. To arrange for services/repairs to be carried out where appropriate.
  • To act as first point of contact for the Unit, dealing with enquiries from members of staff, the public, other law enforcement agencies, CPS and Counsel by phone or in person, giving advice in accordance with guidance or making the appropriate referral.
  • To forensically image computers and media devices and forensically assess media devices for evidential purposes using specialist hardware and software.
  • Examining computer and media devices using triage examiner software, reporting examination results.
  • Producing evidential statements and present evidence in court.

Skills and experience required:

  • You will be computer literate and hold a computer related qualification. You will also have experience of using a variety of software tools and applications and be able to draft correspondence, formulate basic reports as directed and carry out basic research.
  • Previous administration experience, preferably in a highly confidential environment with good planning and organisational skills in order to work to tight deadlines.
  • Good problem solving skills and excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • A working knowledge of specialised forensic software / hardware and an understanding of ACPO guidelines and principles for computer based electronic evidence.
  • A basic knowledge of computer soft and hardware storage devices, connectivity types etc. together with good practical skills and ability to assemble/connect specialist technical equipment.
  • An understanding of relevant legislation and have experience of applying legislation to evidential data.

Employee rewards and benefits:

How we reward our employees is linked to our culture, it’s about more than just salary. Through a package of financial, lifestyle and health benefits, we support whatever stage of life you're in and the moments that matter.

Financial rewards
• Local Government Pension Scheme 
• Cycle to work scheme 
• Police Staff Welfare Fund

Health and Wellbeing 
• Gym membership - membership to the gym at Police Headquarters, Portishead for £5 per month. Open 24hours per day
• Union membership – membership to the largest trade union in the UK for a small monthly cost
• Occupational Health - support and advice through our Occupational Health unit 
• Employee Assistance Program – an online and telephone service designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home or work life
• Mental Health Support - access to Work service to ensure people who have mental health conditions can overcome them and stay in work

• Great discounts on products and services – exclusive benefits for you and your family including; shopping, days out, sporting events, dining and holidays through the 'Blue Light card' 
• Lifestyle benefits, including sports and social facilities and activities, cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers

To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 5 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years.

We look forward to receiving your application. 

About us

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We recognise the benefit different life experience and perspectives can bring.

We are on a journey to become the most inclusive police force in the country. 

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