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Vacancy Information

Division / Department - Specialist Crime
Grade - Grade D
Status - Full Time
Contract Type - Permanent
Salary Grade Range - £20,486 - £23,758
Working Hours - 36.0 Hours per Week

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.

The Role

Digital devices and information communication technology are present in almost every investigation the police undertake. These range from complex corporate computer networks and high capacity server/workstations, to mobile phone handsets, games consoles, digital CCTV systems and satellite navigation.

Applications are now invited for the post of Technical Assistant - Digital Forensic Team within the Surrey/Sussex Digital Forensic Team (DFT).

The Technical Assistant will provide technical support and assistance to Digital Forensic Analysts and investigators including the forensic imaging of hard disk drives.

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will initiate the imaging of digital devices and pass findings in an auditable way for assessment, verification and reporting by the Digital Forensic Analyst. They will also be accountable for exhibit handling and administrative duties to assist Digital Forensic Analysts. A sound knowledge of the governing legislation, procedures and policies is therefore essential.

The Technical Assistant will also assist analysts with the technical administrative tasks to ensure efficiency of workflows including the effective utilization of work-stations.

To undertake training and participate in the provision of auditing for accreditation purposes across Forensic Investigations when requested.

To undertake a pathway and complete a competency test, which is aimed at demonstrating competence and ability in the role. This is key for confidence in staff and processes within the DFT in line with ISO 17025 requirements.

Skills & Experience

To be successful in this role the post holder will have a good standard of secondary education at 'GCSE' level or equivalent; or have the equivalent by recent, relevant experience. They will also be IT literate and demonstrate their experience of using a wide variety of computer software applications.

It is essential that the candidate possesses an understanding of digital imaging techniques as well as willingness to learn specific forensic computer software applications.

The successful candidate will display an aptitude for continuous self development and can demonstrate evidence of working methodically preferably within an investigative environment.
For more information see the Role Profile.

Further Information

The role requires the post holder to work a flexible day shift around the core hours of 8-4, Monday-Friday.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to valuing diversity and equality within the workplace. Sickness and health records will not be required prior to shortlisting.

Internal candidates must inform their immediate Line Manager before applying for this post.

As the post holder will be exposed to sensitive and sometimes distressing images/information, candidates will be subject to a psychological assessment check before they begin the role, (and whilst in post). This forms a baseline for further checks but also ensures people are fit to undertake the role at the outset.

Candidates will be vetted to Management Vetting, (MV) level.

Applicants should apply by completing the online application form ensuring their reasoned argument is no more than 1000 words before the closing date of 28th August 2020.

A competency-based selection interview will determine the successful applicants, but applications may be subject to paper sifting. Interviews will take place the week commencing 14th September 2020.

For further information on the role, please email T/DFT Team Leader Laura Elsey: or call on, Direct Line: (01483) 632160 (Mobile: 07870 378318).

This vacancy will be based at Headquarters, Guildford. Please note that in 2024 Surrey Police Headquarters is due to move to Leatherhead.

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

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.

If you are an internal candidate looking to apply for this role, please ensure that you discuss your application with your line manager before submitting an application. 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.

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 success 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.

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