25 Jan, 2021

Digital Forensics Officer

  • West Midlands Police
  • Birmingham, UK
Full time Analyst

Job Description

Grade: Band D Lower
Salary: £29,793 to £36,369
Closing date: 4th February 2021

About the role
To provide technical assistance to investigating officers through the digital forensic investigation of computers, mobile phones and other digital data devices that have been or are suspected of being used in the commission of crime. Communicate verbal and written summaries of findings for investigating officers to review and make informed decisions as to how to progress inquiries. Provide evidential reports for the purpose of presenting evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Court.

Key Responsibilities
•    Assist in seizure and retention of digital devices within a laboratory environment and at scenes for subsequent forensic examination;
•    Manage forensic exhibits to ensure continuity, confidentiality and security is maintained at all times;
•    Understand and follow Digital Forensic good practice methodologies (ISO17025 standard and ACPO Principles of Digital Evidence) to examine computers, mobile phones and other digital devices;
•    Manage case workload through the use of Socrates Case Management system;
•    Prepare standard evidential reports upon completion of Digital Forensic examinations;
•    Provide fact and procedural based evidence at Court as and when required; and
•    To carry out any duties commensurate with the purpose of the post that may from time to time be determined.

Interviews for the role will be taking place on 16th February 2021.

Knowledge & Experience 

•    Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team of Digital Forensic examiners;
•    Possess good communication skills (both verbal and written);
•    Be enthusiastic, hardworking and flexible;
•    Possess an ability to examine digital devices in a methodical and precise way and have an aptitude for problem solving;
•    Be conversant with Windows and/or mobile operating systems and have a keen interest in and understanding of computer systems and mobile devices;
•    Ability to dismantle computers and/or safely handle mobile devices for examination purposes, whilst maintaining accurate contemporaneous records. Identification, removal and safe handling of key computer and/or mobile device components;
•    Be conversant with the ISO 17025 standard and ACPO Principles of Digital Evidence; and
•    Be able to regularly work with material that may be of an obscene, offensive or distressing nature. Treat such material in the appropriate manner ensuring it is secured and handled according to defined policies.

•    Understanding of relevant commercial and open-source software tools applicable to the role;
•    Understanding of programming and/or scripting languages;
•    Understanding of other common operating systems such as OS X and Linux;
•    Experience and knowledge in performing Digital Forensic examinations and the impact they have on investigations; and
•    Have attended and passed an accredited training course relevant to Digital Forensic examination of computer and/or mobile device based evidence.

Special Conditions
•    Must be prepared to handle material that may be offensive or distressing.
•    Appointments to this post are subject to specific vetting and medical clearance.
•    Confidentiality and trust are very important in this post and must be maintained at all times.
•    The post holder will be required to work a shift pattern that incorporates working weekends, bank holidays and from time to time outside of core shift hours.

Must have full UK driving license

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 Guaranteed Interview Scheme - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.

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