08 Nov, 2022

Digital Forensic Specialist

  • The Metropolitan Police
  • London, UK
Full time Analyst

Job Description

£45,192 to £49,280 plus a Location allowance of £1,721. You will receive £45,192 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of £49,280 will be via incremental progression.

Location: Lambeth

Digital Forensics (DF) is helping deliver tangible outcomes for criminal justice. As a Digital Forensic Specialist, within the Digital Devices team, your work will have a direct impact on criminal investigations supporting the Criminal Justice System.

This is your opportunity to join a team of dedicated, talented and enthusiastic DF Specialists. You will undertake complex casework on various crime types, using your analytical skills and technical knowledge to extract relevant data from digital devices.

We are looking for a variety of skills, be it forensic analysis, software development, hardware engineering, complex repairs, reverse engineering etc., that will support today’s complex digital challenges and drive efficiency and capability. Working within the IS017025 quality framework, you will share your specialist knowledge and tactical advice across the organisation, processing and interpreting digital data and delivering technical evidence for court. There will also be opportunities to attend scenes alongside investigation teams to assist in the forensically safe recovery of evidence.

 Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake digital forensic examinations including research into novel methods for the extraction and analysis of data from digital devices.
  • Work in partnership with Directorate of Forensic Services and DF managers to develop and deliver change
  • Attend court as a witness and be able to offer technical and expert evidence where required
  • Liaising with external tool vendors regarding updates and capabilities
  • Ensure compliance with quality management systems, working to ISO 17025 standards
  • To work within the Directorate’s Quality Management System and actively participate in the continuous improvement of the system by engaging in audits, competence tests, reporting non-conformances, etc. and suggesting changes to improve the system.
  • Work individually and within a team to meet organisational objectives
  • Participate in the on call rota*

Additional Information

Digital Forensics operate a 24-7 on call service for urgent submissions. Out of hours submissions are between 1700 – 0800. If it has been decided (by a Digital Strategy Advisor) that the circumstances warrant an on call submission, the team member on call would meet the OIC at the lab or on scene to complete the examination. DF Specialists are on call no more than 1 week in every 8.

Digital Forensics will be introducing a 24/7 operating model as part of an investment and transformation plan to ensure the best service to support operational policing. These teams will work on a rotational shift pattern compromising early, late and night shifts, inclusive of weekends.

Approximately 20% of the overall staff in the Digital Forensics’ department will be required to support it. These posts attract an additional 20% shift allowance plus weekend premium payments on top of the salary advertised above. All new staff are eligible to be placed on a shift rota subject to the relevant notice given, however in the first instance placements on these teams will be allocated to those who volunteer, any remaining places will be allocated by management and will also be subject to certain skills required to support out of hours services.

This post does not currently fall within the structure of the 24/7 teams, however by applying for this role you understand that you could be placed on one of these 24/7 shift teams should business need require it. This will be subject to consultation and notice period.

Please click on the below link to view an online candidate information pack that will you give you an insight into the Met, the competency framework we use which shapes our daily work behaviours, the application process and a host of other information, that will help inform and support your application:


Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. The application process will consist of an online test, CV review and CVF questions, those successful will be invited to interview. Please ensure your email address is on your CV to enable the online test to be sent to you. The CVF questions and drivers are below - minimum 250 words, maximum 500 words.

·         We analyse critically – describe two current challenges in Digital Forensics, and the issues faced.

·         We are innovative and open minded – provide an example of a situation where you solved a problem in a creative or novel way.

·         We take ownership – provide an example of a time where you have contributed positive change through developing a new policy, procedure, process or training course.

Completed applications must be submitted by 29 November 2022.

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.