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Police Digital Investigator

Police Digital Investigator
Investigations Directorate
Permanent – Full time (37 Hours)
£28,023 - £31,875
Closing Date: Friday 25 September 2020 at 5pm
Please quote Ref: C746b on application form

Want to be part of an exciting new role?  Work with the Norfolk 2020 Team to shape and embed this new role, a key part of our workforce modernisation.

The Police Digital Investigator is embedded within the Investigations Command and will support Detectives to provide early advice and assist in the creation of a digital strategy to support timely investigations.

To lead in the lawful identification, capture and technical configuration of all relevant data, in order to provide cogent and timely intelligence / data and analysis to support Detectives in the successful conclusion of a criminal investigation.

The focal point is for the application and use of the latest technology to exploit all available intelligence and data across multiple areas of business.

This is a high-risk environment and the post-holder must ensure that the respective Detectives are protected from litigation in relation to the handling of sensitive data.

Applications are invited for the above post in the Investigations department at Broadland (new) Police Station.  In the initial stages, the working location will involve working with the Norfolk 2020 Team at the OCC.  Longer term, this role will move to the new Police Station at Broadland Business Park. The role holder may occasionally be required to spend time at other locations. 

Applications for secondments must be agreed with your substantive management prior to submission.

The successful applicant will:

  • Provide technical and analytical support to assist Detectives with the gathering of evidence to support criminal investigations, securing and retrieving data from digital storage devices in accordance with national and Force guidelines.  This includes producing evidential reports in relation to data / information recovered.
  • Provide a triaging facility locally of seized digital devices to support the Detective Constable and the timely initial investigations and faster charging decisions.
  • Provide early advice to assist in the creation of an investigative strategy when digital devices have been used, challenging where needed on the requests for service required in order to ensure that the enquiries and work is justified, proportionate and necessary
  • Identify gaps, patterns and relationships, trends, threats and opportunities and make inferences, deduce meaning and make recommendations
  • Quality assure returned data from specialist teams to check for errors and take appropriate action in recording and reporting errors to prevent incorrect evidence or unjustified inferences being drawn in to prosecution cases.
  • Prepare and present reports for Detectives at various stages of investigations, detailing the work carried out in a clear and comprehensible and timely manner, to ensure investigating officers are fully and clearly briefed regarding progress and findings.
  • Ensure the secure handling of and dissemination of material in accordance with legislation and best practice.
  • Provide the evidential continuity of items submitted to the hub throughout its involvement in any investigation, including the maintenance of complete records of the submission and disposal of such items.
  • Attendance at a crime scene and / or support of a search warrant may be required by exception to assist with the strategy for the digital evidence recovery
  • Engage proactively with the Detectives / Investigators to support them in the development and update of the technology and data strategy.
  • Prepare witness statements and appear in court to explain the process and for acquiring the Digital Data.
  • Attend de-brief sessions and other live investigations meetings where applicable
  • Support the Police Digital Supervisor in day to day issues.
  • Co-ordinate the input of expert witnesses such as external digital technicians and work with internal teams to co-ordinate their expert witnesses.
  • Keep abreast of changing technologies and be prepared to undergo continuous professional development.
  • Any other duties which are commensurate with the role and grade as maybe reasonably requested by management.

It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria: 

  • Significant skills in data visualisation, data interpretation, analysis and coding.  Skilled in using specialised software relating to digital media for analysis and reporting
  • Ability to advise and guide across a range of digital disciplines / tactical options including mobile phones, open source, CCTV and other such digital devices that will continue to develop with time.  The post holder will be provided with the training required to become proficient in the understanding of digital technologies and how to harvest the data contained within it
  • Knowledge and understanding of digital investigation and intelligence techniques at a working level to be able to signpost and advise across a range of digital disciplines
  • Understanding and aptitude to utilise evidence available, ideally within respect of digital evidence requirements
  • Highly effective interpersonal, communication, negotiation and influencing skills, together with strong customer orientation
  • Ability to retrieve, analyse and compare data and information from a wide variety of sources
  • A thorough understanding of research methods and ability to fully utilise these for a range of projects
  • Experience of creating and delivering presentations with the ability to communicate information clearly
  • Ability to travel as required within Norfolk and Suffolk

It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a detailed understanding of working procedures, practices and policies such as MOPI, Data Protection Act, RIPA, Disclosure and Evidence, Criminal Procedures Investigation Act, Human Rights Act, CPIA
  • Investigative skills and mind set with an understanding of investigative prosecution processes
  • Previous experience of, or trained in the use of i2, Microsoft Reporting or equivalent software Power BI

Role Profilepolice_digital_investigator.pdf

Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday standard police staff contract with the flexi-time scheme. (This is subject to review and may move to include weekend working / on-call arrangements). This post is offered on a permanent basis.

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010. 

Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together.

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.

Please return completed applications by email to [email protected]