Vacancy Information

Division / Department - Specialist Crime

Grade - Grade H

Status - Full Time

Contract Type - Permanent

Salary Grade Range - £36,955 - £43,745

Working Hours - 36.0 Hours per Week

Shift Allowance - Yes

Politically Restricted - No

Location - Surrey Police Headquarters, Guildford

The starting salary for this role will usually be at the bottom of the salary range and will be pro-rata if the working hours are less than full time.


Chief Constables' Message

We really welcome your interest in joining our Police Force. It is a privilege to lead the teams in Surrey Police and Sussex Police who continuously work selflessly and tirelessly in order to keep people in our counties safe.

We are looking for talented and inspirational people who put the needs of the public at the heart of everything that they do and who want to make a difference. If you feel you are that person then we want to hear from you.

We wish you all the very best with your application.

Chief Constable Tim De Meyer & Chief Constable Jo Shiner


The Role & Key Responsibilities

We are looking for Digital Forensic Analysts that are interested in applying their skills in a unique and demanding environment. Are you capable of combining technical ability with an investigative and analytical mindset? Do you want to be an integral member of a specialist unit that supports criminal investigations? The Surrey Digital Forensic Team is responsible for the forensic recovery and analysis of data from electronic devices seized during investigations. Successful candidates will join the Mobile Device Team. Your primary role will be the analysis of data extracted from mobile devices, as well as providing advice, support and assistance to others. The role is office based and the Digital Forensics Team is located at the Surrey Police HQ in Guildford. You will be required to work a fixed shift pattern which includes day (07:00 - 15:00) and late shifts (10:00 - 18:00) as well as some weekend working (08:00 - 16:00)

Key Responsibilities

As a Digital Forensic Analyst in the Tier 3 Team you will be responsible for

  • Analysing, interpreting and validating data extracted from mobile phones and similar devices.
  • Reviewing media and grading illegal content.
  • Keeping up to date with developments in the field of Digital Forensics and be a subject matter expert on key aspects of this field of work.
  • Providing advice and guidance to others, based on your knowledge as a subject matter expert.

You will need to be familiar with legislation relevant to our area of business, which includes, but is not limited to, PACE, RIPA and the CPIA. You will need to be capable of being compliant with ISO 17025. Where necessary, you will be required to take the lead in certain areas of business, commensurate with your grade. e.g. you might be required to make decisions in lieu of a Team Leader.

Due to the strong probability of viewing a broad range of disturbing material you will be expected to be psychologically screened and interviewed prior to, and whilst in, post.

Skills & Experience

You will need to be/have

  • IT literate with significant experience in a Digital Forensics environment.
  • Evidence of working independently within an investigative / analytical environment.
  • Experienced in the use of forensic tools for mobile phone analysis.
  • Experienced in the use of a case management system, such as LIMA.
  • A high degree of interpersonal and oral skills along with the ability to negotiate and influence at all levels especially when giving evidence at court.
  • A flexible approach and awareness of operational security.

Knowledge of, or experience with, ISO 17025 would be a distinct advantage.

Why Work With Us?

Policing is an exciting 24/7 business and we all have commitments outside work. We’re invested in supporting people to balance their life with work however it is important to highlight that this role is office based due to the nature of materials handled.

We take pride in looking after our people and offer a variety of benefits;

  • career progression
  • contributory pension scheme (LGPS)
  • generous annual leave allowance
  • discounts for everyday spend
  • on-site gyms and a range of sports clubs
  • generous and supportive parental leave
  • financial and mental wellbeing guidance and support
  • discounted contributory healthcare scheme

Please use the following links for more information on the benefits of working with Surrey Police or Sussex Police

Further Information

Candidates that are invited to interview will also be required to produce a report on particular subject. Further details will be provided after the initial application phase.

For a more detailed explanation of the role and to answer any questions you may have you are advised to contact Jill Wheeler on 07967 986221 or Darren Laken on 07788 566588.

Diversity Statement

We are only as good as our people.  It's important that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we know that as an organisation we'll grow from the variety of thinking, approach, and the skills that diversity brings; all of which help us to deliver a better policing service. We strive to ensure how we deliver our services, provide information and how we recruit is open and accessible to all.

We have multiple staff support groups who help to improve our understanding of minority issues and ensure they are reflected in our work. We are proud members of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and Disability Confident, a signatory of the Race at Work Charter and aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We are committed to being an anti-racist police service. We promise to challenge injustice, ensure fairness and to uphold anti-racist principles in both our organisation and our communities. For more information, you can read our full anti-racism statement here.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities. Regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status, or religious belief, we would love to hear from you.

Please use the following links to find out more on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Surrey Police and Sussex Police

Additional Information

Following submission of your application you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your application attached. Occasionally emails from this address can fall into spam/junk folders so please ensure this is checked regularly.  You may wish to consider adding to your address/contact list to ensure you receive all communications.

This post is being advertised in parallel with Force redeployment processes.  Any redeployees who are identified will be given preference.  This may result in the post being withdrawn at any point during the recruitment process.

Please note that not all jobs are available for internal candidates across both Forces, the current agreed recruitment principles are;

  • vacancies in collaborated units are available to all officers and staff across both Forces
  • vacancies in non-collaborated units are only available to officers and staff within the Force with the vacancy unless it is advertised externally
  • if the vacancy is advertised externally and an officer or member of staff from the other Force is successful it will result in a transfer of employment

Surrey Police and Sussex Police Special Constables, Volunteers and Agency Staff (excluding self employed workers) covered under the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) are eligible to apply for internal advertised posts.