Digital Forensic Unit (DFU) Examiner - Grade D

Posted on 13th Jan 2018

Digital Forensic Unit (DFU) Examiner - Grade D

The role of Digital Forensic Examiner will be responsible for identifying, gathering, developing and disseminating evidence and intelligence by examination of digital devices in support of operational policing activities.  The successful candidates will use their knowledge of digital forensic investigation techniques to examine and produce evidence and intelligence to inform investigations and operational policing objectives at all levels.  

Holding a computer based qualification or recent experience around the digital examination of mobile telephones and digital storage devices would be desirable.  You will be given training courses to ensure that working practices comply with all legislative requirements.  You will be expected to become established as competent to conduct digital examinations complying to International Standards Organisation standards (ISO 17025 – for the Competence of Testing and Calibration of Laboratories).

As part of the Digital Forensic function, the post holder will be required to complete both on-site and off-site examinations and investigations conducting scene triage where appropriate.  

The post holder will be exposed to disturbing and distressing material and will receive psychological support and evaluation.

Digital Forensic Examiners, based at the Operational Command Centre (OCC), will be expected to work a three week shift pattern covering day and late duties (07:00 to 23:00). This includes weekends and participation of a night rota to ensure that the organisation has a digital forensic capability at all times.  This post will attract an equalisation allowance of 23.92%.  Participation in the aforementioned night rota (based at the OCC) will be required and post holders will be expected to display flexibility with regard to working hours as directed by operational / departmental requirements.

Holding a full driving licence would be desirable.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Successful applicants will be subject to enhanced MV Vetting prior to taking up post. 

Merseyside Police is committed to developing a Police Service that is representative of the diverse communities that we police and serve.  As an employer, we strive to ensure that all our personnel practices, including recruitment, promotion and development are applied consistently and fairly and that the overriding principle governing selection is merit.

Although the diversity of our staff is improving, we are not fully representative yet and are addressing this imbalance through a variety of initiatives such as providing appropriate advice, encouragement and support throughout the recruitment/promotion process specifically for people who are underrepresented* within the organisation.

By embedding diversity of thought throughout Merseyside Police means that talent can be properly recognised and nurtured - wherever it may be.  A diverse workforce brings with it advantages such as:


  • Providing more adaptability in terms of problem solving by offering a wider array of possible solutions;

  • Multi-cultural organisations are better positioned to serve multi-cultural communities, by overcoming language and cultural barriers.

Having a Police service that is reflective of the community will ensure that Merseyside Police has a Police Service of skilled Police Officers, Staff and Volunteers with the core values required to meet the highest standards and expectations of the public of Merseyside. 


For further information, please contact the Positive Action Team by emailing


*Underrepresented groups in Merseyside police include Disabled, Ethnic Minority Groups (i.e Asian, Black, Chinese, Polish etc.), Females, Minority Religious groups (i.e. Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhism etc.), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual (Sexual Orientation), Transgender (Gender Identity).


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