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Vacancy Information

This role is within a unit where Surrey Police and Sussex Police work in collaboration, whilst continuing to be two separate legal entities/employers with different terms and conditions.

Both Surrey Police staff and Sussex Police staff are employed in this unit on their own force terms and conditions.

Successful candidates may be appointed on the terms and conditions of employment of either Surrey Police or Sussex Police, depending on organisational requirements. A discussion will be held with the successful candidate to confirm the details of location, salary, allowance and hours.

Division / Department - Specialist Crime
Status - Full Time
Contract Type - Permanent
Grade - Surrey Police Grade E / Sussex Police Grade 8
Salary Grade Range - Surrey Police £22,954 - £26,613 / Sussex Police £22,047 - £23,946

The starting salary for this role will usually be at the bottom of the salary range.

The Role

The Forensic Digital Media Unit has been established to meet the demand of modern policing.

Would you like to work in a fast-paced forensic multimedia environment?
Are you confident, self-motivated and methodical? Can you work to tight deadlines with minimal supervision?

As a Forensic Digital Media Examiner you will provide a high quality service to stakeholders, investigators and the Major Crime Team, providing a forensically sound product and advice for the most appropriate presentation and production of vital multimedia evidence.


This role encompasses and wide variety of work dealing with multimedia components including the processing of video, audio and photographic evidence for presentation in court and to support on-going investigations.

An eye for detail, an understanding of video/audio file formats and of colour management is important in this role. It is important that we produce an accurate representation of that which it purports to be. The job will also involve coming into contact with images which will be of a sensitive or disturbing nature.


Job progression from E to F grade once the Examiner is deemed competent in the role. Competency progression will range from examiner to examiner, but the expectation is that this may be gained between 12-18 months.

Key Responsibilities

You will examine, analyse, convert, edit and enhance a wide range of multimedia formats using editing and enhancement tools in support of investigative and criminal justice requirements.

You are responsible for handling exhibits, ensuring that all actions taken are recorded and retained for audit, allowing others to not only review your actions but to reproduce your output.


This is to fulfill criminal justice requirements according to policy, procedures, relevant to Quality Standards and legislation.


Through customer engagement you will use technical knowledge and specialist software applications to provide solutions to customer requirements and you will act as a point of reference in respect of digital media.

Skills & Experience

To be successful as a Forensic Digital Media Examiner you will be self-motivated with proven experience of working methodically, often to tight deadlines with minimal supervision.


Candidates must be able to demonstrate substantial experience working in a Audio/Video or Imaging environment and have attained recognised and relevant academic qualifications.


You must be able to demonstrate proven competency in the application of multimedia processing software (e.g. Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition, Avid, Photoshop, Lightroom, FFMPEG and Microsoft Office base products such as Word and Excel).
It is desirable that the candidate has proven competencies in video and audio analysis and conversion (FFMPEG), CCTV downloads and enhancement (Impress or Amped FIVE).

Further Information

For further information about this vacancy candidates can contact the Team Leader for the Forensic Digital Media Unit, James Slade.
Email: james.slade@surrey.pnn.police.uk
Phone: 01483 638251
Job progression from E to F grade once the Examiner is deemed competent in the role.

Diversity Statement

We are only as good as our people. It's really important to us that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we believe that as an organisation we'll benefit from the variety of thinking, approach and skills that diversity can bring; all of which helps us to deliver a better policing service.

We have worked really hard to create a safe, open and inclusive culture. We have a range of staff networking groups to provide specific support and advice and we are proud to be members of Stonewall and Disability Confident, and to be aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

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

Additional Information

Surrey Police and Sussex Police work together in collaboration for this role, however they remain two different employers, with differing pay scales, allowances and terms and conditions including hours of employment.

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.

If you are an internal candidate looking to apply for this role, it is really important that you inform and seek support from your line manager of your intention to submit an application for this role as this allows for sufficient resource planning. Failure to inform your line manager may result in a delay in a release dates being agreed.

If you are conditionally offered the role your attendance record and any reasonable adjustments already in place will be discussed with yourself and your current line manager. If you are successful in your application, you may be required to resign and transfer your employment, taking on the Terms & Conditions and pay scales of the Lead Force (if this is not your existing Home Force).

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.

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