Crime Scene Investigator - HC7650
We are recruiting for a Crime Scene Investigator, to be based at Southampton Scenes of Crime Office and to undertake examinations and be responsible for the recovery of all forensic evidence types working at a variety of crime scenes across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. As well as actively assist investigations by providing forensic advice and support and deliver a specialist service to victims of crime, Hampshire Constabulary and the wider Criminal Justice system.
The hours of duty will be allocated on a shift basis to meet task needs, covering core hours between 7.00 am and Midnight.
The post holder must have held a full Driving licence for a 12 month period prior to employment and have access to reliable transport. Confirmation of employment will be dependent upon the ability to pass the Police Driving Test.
There will be an expectation to undertake call-out duties as part of a duty rota.
The post holder will have to provide their fingerprints and DNA for elimination purposes, as a requirement of the post.
The post holder will be a representative of the Constabulary in a variety of situations and circumstances and will be required to wear a designated uniform when at work.
The post holder must have and maintain a reasonable standard of physical and psychological fitness which will encompass:
- Demonstrating a standard of corrected or uncorrected eyesight at an agreed acceptable limit (this will be set in consultation with the Force Medical Officer according to criteria connected with age of applicant and demands of post)
- Being sufficiently agile to climb, bend and get into awkward places, such as roofs, ditches etc, and be strong enough to lift heavy items, as required.
- Engaging with Welfare and Occupational Health psychological screening as required
The post-holder will be required to undertake regular eyesight testing as defined by the organisation.
There is a twelve month probation period for this post -
Completion of probationary period is subject to passing (on first attempt), a recognised Crime Scene Investigators course, unless such a course has already been undertaken.
In the event of leaving the Constabulary within two years of employment, the post holder will be required to repay training fees and any other course fees on a sliding scale
(6 Months: 100%; 6 Months-1 Year: 75%; 1 Year-18 Months: 50%; 18 Months-2 Years: 25%).
Key tasks will include:
1. To provide forensic advice and support to investigators and actively engage with all types of investigation.
2. To attend scenes of crime as directed and conduct suitable forensic search methods, physical examinations and recovery for DNA, marks, traces and any other material that might link the criminal to the scene. To appropriately examine items removed from scenes of crimes in suitable laboratory settings.
3. To be competent in the use of photography to record crime scenes and forensic evidence found during examinations; using digital equipment in accordance with current policies and procedures.
4. To be fully conversant with the relevant sections of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) and its Codes of Practice and to deal with suspects, in accordance with it (specifically in relation to intimate and non-intimate samples). To apply correct legislation to Powers of Entry and Seizure.
5. To liaise with the forensic scientist, either at the scene or in the laboratory and to obtain advice with regard to forensic submissions to further investigations.
6. To attend suspicious deaths in order to give appropriate Forensic advice and assistance to investigating officers and, when necessary, to refer to the Supervisory CSI/CSM. To attend post-mortems and assist the pathologist by photographing cadavers both at the scene of a crime and during post mortem examinations. Recovering body parts, taking fingerprints and other exhibits as required.
7. To work within an ISO 17025 accredited facility for the assessment, examination and recovery of DNA material.
8. To prepare and present, to an acceptable standard, evidence in the form of statements, schedules and incident logs. To prepare exhibits for submission to the laboratory and to give advice and assistance to other officers on such submissions.
9. To promote close liaison with police officers and staff, in order to facilitate the exchange of information and to assist such officers where necessary on preservation of evidence. To ensure that investigating officers are made aware, at the earliest opportunity, of the forensic potential of a crime scene in cases where this is likely to have a significant impact on the course of the investigations.
10. To be conversant with major crime investigation procedure, in order to ensure understanding of the scene evidence in the context of the whole enquiry.
11. To take responsibility for self development and successfully complete the assigned training programme. To fully engage with the maintenance of your own Continued Professional Development and Competency to practice.
Educated to QCF Level 3 in English, Chemistry and Biology or other relevant science subject OR work experience deemed to have brought the postholder to a comparable level.
You must have good eyesight, i.e. at least 6/36 uncorrected vision.
Previous work experience in a related field of work, this could be any of the following:
- Forensic work,
- General science/laboratory work,
- Extensive, detailed investigative work.
- Experience in a Criminal Justice role.
If you do not meet the Essential Qualifications and Experience criteria please do not apply for this role.
Competencies and Personal Qualities
We are Emotionally Aware Level 1
We Take Ownership Level 1
We are collaborative Level 1
We Analyse Critically Level 1
In order to progress to the next scale, the role holder must satisfy the following criteria:
Bar Criteria Scale 5 to 6
1. Successfully complete the residential Initial Crime Scene Investigators course, passing incorporated examinations.
2. The post holder must be signed-off as fully competent in the VCSI National Occupational Standards by the Assessment and Performance team to carry out the full range of tasks unsupervised. This will be evidenced in the CSI Portfolio.
3. To have evidenced Continued Professional Development.
Bar Criteria Scale 6 to SO1
1. Successfully complete the residential Crime Scene Investigators Conversion course, passing incorporated examinations.
2. The post holder must be signed-off as fully competent in the CSI National Occupational Standards by the Assessment and Performance team to carry out the full range of tasks unsupervised. This will be evidenced in the CSI Portfolio.
3. To have evidenced Continued Professional Development.
Contact details for an informal discussion
Please contact the Recruitment Team on 01962 846438 or firstname.lastname@example.org