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FCIU Forensic Investigator
Job title: FCIU Forensic Investigator Grade: Grade F Role code: STO019 Status: Police Staff Home Office code: Operational Support
Main purpose of the role:
Provide 24/7 cover including countywide expert forensic support to investigations undertaken by the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit in relation to road traffic collisions; providing advice and opinion to Senior Investigating Officers (SIO) and managing the scene for proficient evidence capture. Interpret the available evidence and compile a timely, impartial and comprehensive report detailing the reconstructed event and wider considerations and provide expert testimony in court in line with the relevant legislation governing the expert witness.
attend the scenes of all fatal and potentially fatal road traffic collisions and serious police vehicle incidents, using a methodical examination approach to identify and interpret the pertinent physical evidence, such as tyre marks, debris and vehicle damage and retrieve additional scene data such as skid test results and tachograph evidence, documenting the progress of the investigation and scene management by way of contemporaneous notes and recording all findings using photography and appropriate scene measurement techniques, ensuring the investigation is conducted in an efficient and proportionate manner, in order to minimise the effect of road closures on the Kent road network.
reconstruct collisions from the data and evidence gathered at the scene, using computer packages and other specialist techniques to assist in the interpretation and presentation of the findings, referring to other scientific or specialist technical support, such as vehicle examiners and pathologists as necessary; attending their independent examinations as required and sourcing and managing the submission of evidence, to a suitable Forensic Service Provider (FSP) where appropriate.
compile complex and detailed technical reports capable of being both understood by the layperson and withstanding scrutiny from an equivalent expert or under cross examination within the courtroom, verifying the reports of others via the process of peer review in line with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) protocol; ensuring scientific laws and physical principles have been correctly used within their proper context, any calculations used are both valid and numerically correct and all references to published research are fully cited.
provide independent expert witness evidence before HM Coroner, Crown, Magistrate and Civil Courts in relation to the multifaceted discipline of collision investigation and specific knowledge of individual incidents attended, ensuring a knowledge of and compliance with the legislative requirements of both the Criminal Procedure rules (CrPR) and Civil Procedure rules (CPR).
maintain knowledge of relevant legislation, best practice and proficiency in traditional collision investigation techniques as well as staying abreast of emerging technology in relation to the discipline, completing a minimum of 18 hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD) per year by way of attending approved, discipline specific courses, refresher training where appropriate, independent research and investigation led testing. This will include achieving and maintaining membership of a relevant professional body such as the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (ITAI).
mentor aspiring and newly qualified Forensic Investigators when required in order to develop and enhance their knowledge of the role, current best practice, standards and essential practical experience. Supervising independent scene work during the training period and documenting progress towards an individuals competency to work unsupervised, formally assessed by the Senior Forensic Collision Investigator (SFCI).
liaise directly with other departments, such as Major Crime, providing expert advice and opinion to Senior Investigating Officers at incidents in order to ensure complete and correct interpretation of the available evidence, using specialist equipment, such as 3D laser scanners, to deliver a product to promote understanding and enhance the presentation of evidence during investigation briefings and court proceedings.
Amended February 2020
Recruitment Vetting (RV)
A degree or extensive experience with a vocational qualification is required for this role. For appointment to the role the post holder must hold one of the following National College of Policing approved Collision Investigation Qualifications:
City and Guilds Forensic Collision Investigation Certificate University Continuing Personal Development (UCPD) Certificate in Collision Investigation, awarded by De Montfort University Appropriate degree qualification in collision investigation or a relevant allied subject e.g an appropriate science based degree Appropriate vehicle examination qualifications
Forensic Investigators must also be registered with appropriate professional bodies for this discipline. A good scientific and mathematical background is essential at GCSE A level or equivalent. Proven excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary for the production of detailed technical reports and giving expert witness testimony in Court.
In addition the post holder must have the potential to achieve the required portfolio for practical competence to achieve independent status as assessed by the Senior Forensic Investigator within 1 year and show an aptitude to learn the complex I.T. based skills required for the role.
Forensic Investigators will be required to undertake a structured training plan to study the multiple subject areas within the collision investigation discipline which include: Advanced police driving, Motorcycle licence holder, Large goods vehicle licence holder, Passenger carrying vehicle licence holder.
Forensic Collision Investigation, Surveying, Photography, Plan production, Computer animation and simulation, Pedestrian Collisions, Motorcycle Collisions.
Vehicle Examination -Cars and motorcycles, Commercial vehicles, Analogue and Digital Tachograph Analysis, Tachograph calibration, Hybrid vehicles.
Continued Professional Development is a requirement for all Forensic Investigators engaged in the investigation of collisions within the police service. A minimum, documented eighteen hours requirement is specified for each year. Achieving, recording and maintaining records of CPD is a personal responsibility and must meet the requirements specified by the College of Policing.
Analyse Critically (Level 2)
I ensure that the best available evidence from a wide range of sources is taken into account when making decisions. I think about different perspectives and motivations when reviewing information and how this may influence key points. I ask incisive questions to test out facts and assumptions, questioning and challenging the information provided when necessary. I understand when to balance decisive action with due consideration. I recognise patterns, themes and connections between several and diverse sources of information and the best available evidence. I identify when I need to take action on the basis of limited information and think about how to mitigate the risks in doing so. I challenge others to ensure that decisions are made in alignment with our mission, values and the Code of Ethics.
Collaborative (Level 2)
I manage relationships and partnerships for the long term, sharing information and building trust to find the best solutions. I help create joined-up solutions across organisational and geographical boundaries, partner organisations and those the police serve. I understand the local partnership context, helping me to use a range of tailored steps to build support. I work with our partners to decide who is best placed to take the lead on initiatives. I try to anticipate our partners' needs and take action to address these. I do not make assumptions. I check that our partners are getting what they need from the police service. I build commitment from others (including the public) to work together to deliver agreed outcomes.
Deliver, Support and Inspire (Level 2)
I give clear direction and expectations, helping others to understand how their work operates in the wider context. I identify barriers that inhibit performance in my teams and take steps to resolve these, enabling others to perform. I lead the public and / or colleagues, where appropriate, during incidents or through the provision of advice and support. I ensure the efficient use of resources to create the most value and the right impact within my areas. I keep track of changes in the external environment, anticipating both the short and long term potential implications for the Police Service. I motivate and inspire others to achieve their best.
Emotionally Aware (Level 2)
I consider the perspectives of people from a wide range of backgrounds before taking action. I adapt my style and approach according to the needs of the people I am working with, using my own behaviour to achieve the best outcome. I promote a culture that values diversity and encourages challenge. I encourage reflective practice among others and take the time to support others to understand reactions and behaviours. I take responsibility for helping to ensuring the emotional well being of those in my teams. I take the responsibility to deal with any inappropriate behaviours.
Innovative and Open-minded (Level 2)
I explore a number of different sources of information and use a variety of tools when faced with a problem and look for good practice that is not always from policing. I am able to spot opportunities or threats which may influence how I go about my job in the future by using knowledge of trends, new thinking about policing and changing demographics in the population. I am flexible in my approach, changing my plans to make sure that I have the best impact. I encourage others to be creative and take appropriate risks. I share my explorations and understanding of the wider internal and external environment.
Take Ownership (Level 2)
I proactively create a culture of ownership within my areas of work and support others to display personal responsibility. I take responsibility for making improvements to policies, processes and procedures, actively encouraging others to contribute their ideas. I am accountable for the decisions my team make and the activities within our teams. I take personal responsibility for seeing events through to a satisfactory conclusion and for correcting any problems both promptly and openly. I actively encourage and support learning within my teams and colleagues.
I take into account individual needs and requirements in all of my actions. I understand that treating everyone fairly does not mean everyone is treated the same. I always give people an equal opportunity to express their views. I communicate with everyone, making sure the most relevant message is provided to all. I value everyone's views and opinions by actively listening to understand their perspective. I make fair and objective decisions using the best available evidence. I enable everyone to have equal access to services and information, where appropriate.
I always act in line with the values of the police service and the Code of Ethics for the benefit of the public. I demonstrate courage in doing the right thing, even in challenging situations. I enhance the reputation of my organisation and the wider police service through my actions and behaviours. I challenge colleagues whose behaviour, attitude and language falls below the public's and the service's expectations. I am open and responsive to challenge about my actions and words. I declare any conflicts of interest at the earliest opportunity. I am respectful of the authority and influence my position gives me. I use resources effectively and efficiently and not for personal benefit.
Public service (accredited)
I act in the interest of the public, first and foremost. I am motivated by serving the public, ensuring that I provide the best service possible at all times. I seek to understand the needs of others to act in their best interests. I adapt to address the needs and concerns of different communities. I tailor my communication to be appropriate and respectful to my audience. I take into consideration how others want to be treated when interacting with them. I treat people respectfully regardless of the circumstances. I share credit with everyone involved in delivering services.
I ensure that my decision-making rationale is clear and considered so that it is easily understood by others. I am clear and comprehensive when communicating with others. I am open and honest about my areas for development and I strive to improve. I give an accurate representation of my actions and records. I recognise the value of feedback and act on it. I give constructive and accurate feedback. I represent the opinions of others accurately and consistently. I am consistent and truthful in my communications. I maintain confidentiality appropriately.
Casefile Preparation (Level 3)
Identify and present case materials, working with the CPS to progress the case. Example: Distinguish between evidence and unused material, identifying material, which might undermine the prosecution or assist the defence. Record, retain and reveal all unused material, distinguishing between sensitive and non sensitive. Ensure quality and accuracy of file contents, presenting evidence logically and with integrity. Present honest and objective comments regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the case in a fair and justifiable manner to the CPS. Liaise with the Criminal Justice Unit and/or Crown Prosecution Service for advice, as required submit the correct and completed case file to the Criminal Justice Units in the required time scales. Respond promptly and positively to CJU/CPS requests in respect of further actions.
Driving (Level 5)
Has successfully completed the Operational Standard Driving course within the past 5 years and meets the aims and objectives of the course. Additionally may have been reauthorised to that level within the past 5 years. Meets the criteria set in the Competency Framework Risk Assessment Guide on Health Care. Authorised to use blue lights and sirens to respond in accordance with force policy If required by role, authorised to drive unmarked police vehicles in mobile surveillance operations, and/or is authorised to ride motorcyles at a . standard level having passed a Standard Motorcycle course.
Forensic - Crime Scene Management (Level 3)
Has a working knowledge of the preservation of evidence and practical experience in identifying scene parameters and securing crime scenes. Aware of the method of establishing and clearing a common approach path. Possesses a basic knowledge of the concepts of forensic evidence and the technical aids available within Force. Understands issues relating to scene contamination and can take practical steps to avoid it.
Health & Safety (Level 3)
Has a basic understanding of Health and Safety issues affecting the current role and working environment. Takes responsibility for personal safety and the safety of others. Aware of hazards and reports problems identified to line manager. Understands and minimises the physical risk of injury through the use of proper manual handling procedures.
Incident / Scene Management & Contl (Level 3)
Able to undertake initial examination and assessment of an incident. Able to give clear and precise situation reports. Sets up effective communication and control points. Has an awareness of hazardous materials and devices and makes safety a first priority where risk is apparent. Able to request additional support and /or supervisory personnel and any other service which may be required. Aware of the requirements needed to secure and preserve evidence at the scene. Aware of Gold-Silver command arrangements.
Information Management & Technology (Level 3)
Knows the range of police information systems available locally to support daily activities, and understands their uses. Can use police information systems to perform routine tasks. May be able to create simple records, and amends data to add information, within requirements of role. Understands data quality issues.
Intelligence Gathering & Analysis (Level 3)
Able to gain intelligence from various sources and is aware of how to give that information to the relevant department and in what format it is required. Able to liaise with intelligence personnel if necessary to gain advice as to the gathering and analysis of information.
Interviewing - General (Level 3)
Demonstrates the ability to conduct effective routine interviews for a variety of purposes. Prepares and plans carefully and is clear about the purpose of the interview. Asks relevant questions and is able to obtain the required information. Regularly reviews personal interview performance. Adapts style to suit the needs of the interview.
Interviewing - Suspects (Level 3)
Demonstrates the skills contained within the Kent Police PEACE course. Effectively uses a good working knowledge of legislation relating to interviews significant statements and special warnings. Able to confidently prepare an interview strategy using available resources including recognising the value of intelligence, and understands the management of disclosure and no comment interviews.
Interviewing - Witnesses (Level 3)
Demonstrates the skills contained within the Kent Police PEACE course which incorporates cognitive interviewing. Shows use of this style of interviewing and can apply it operationally giving consideration to identification and procedural issues. Successfully undertakes initial telephone investigation of crime.
Knowledge of Legislation and Policy (Level 3)
Demonstrates a sound working knowledge of all legislation, policies and procedures relevant to the current role. Familiar with all five codes of practice but particularly well versed in the practical application of codes A, B and E. Able to apply this knowledge to suit the needs of the current role.
Management of Police Information (MOPI) (Level 4)
Full compliance with Level 3. Has successfully completed all standard relevant Information Management and Security training package(s). Accurate use of Government Security Classification (GSC). Ensures physical and digital records are stored with appropriate security relevant to the sensitivity of the documents and has working understanding of appropriate National Retention Schedules. Is able to quality assure own records management processes as well as those of any staff for whom they have supervisory responsibility. Is aware of where to seek further support in relation to Records management within force when necessary. If nominated as an Information Asset Assistant is familiar with the NPCC Information Asset Owners Handbook.
Risk Management (Level 3)
Demonstrates an awareness of personal risk management issues, challenges or difficulties likely to affect the post holder in the execution of their duties. Able to anticipate risks likely to affect their work and knows how to communicate the likelihood and possible impacts of such events to line managers or supervisors.
Road Death Investigation (Level 3)
Able to identify offences and offenders, especially in relation to the Road Traffic Act. Completes routine witness/suspect interviews to determine and establish events and identify potential witnesses. Plans and prepares further actions. Has an awareness of other agencies and the assistance they can give in providing information and/or assistance with the investigation. Collates all relevant information into appropriate written form, providing reports of a sufficient clarity and quality to enable the evidence contained to be used to further the investigation. Able to gather or preserve any physical evidence at the scene.
Search (Level 3)
Has a basic level of search awareness and/or exhibits the skills gained on a search awareness course. Understands the principals of stop and search and their application. Able to deal with associated paperwork, handling of exhibits and gathering of evidence. Has a good working knowledge of PACE powers and warrants and application of the same.
Staff Safety (Level 4)
Has been trained in the skills and demonstrates the ability to apply elements of the staff safety programme. These are: Communication Skills, Handcuffing Skills, Unarmed Skills, Incapacitant Skills, Baton Skills and Edged Weapons Awareness. Currently authorised to use these techniques, having received initial or refresher training within the last 12 months. Able to apply these . techniques in practical situations minimising the risk of injury to themselves and ensuring their own safety and the safety of colleagues and members of the public.
Traffic (Level 4)
Has specialist knowledge of road traffic legislation, policy and procedure and can advise colleagues. Has a good working knowledge of vehicle examination and is able to identify common defects and contravention's of regulations. Knows when and where to get specialist support. Has a working knowledge of LGV's and PCV's. Able to deal with serious road accidents having consideration to scene management, evidence and the needs of the coroner. Aware of best practice as it relates to motorways. Able to offer advice with confidence with regard to scene preservation and first or emergency response. Ability to use specialist equipment after training e.g. speed detection devices, stinger.
Victim Support (Level 3)
Able to support victims, their families and other witnesses as required during initial contact with the police. Aware of other organisations or departments that can be used as a reference in order that they receive the desired support if it is beyond the scope of the officer to deal directly.