Job title: Crime Scene Investigator Grade: SCALE 4/PO 1 Role code: END0231 Status: Police Staff Home Office code: Organisational Support
Main purpose of the role:
Investigate, record, recover and collect all forms of physical evidence and intelligence from crime scenes, taking photographs, fingerprint lifts, samples, property etc, making detailed notes, including sketches, to accurately record where evidence has been recovered from, in order to provide high quality evidence and evidential reports which effectively support the investigation of crime and further key objectives of Forensic Investigation.
Plan and prioritise crime scenes requiring investigation during the period of duty, in a logical and efficient manner ensuring the best use of time and available resources with the appropriate knowledge and expertise and maximum exposure of various crime scenes for staff developing in the role, in order to maximise the number of scenes and investigations attended.
Attend crime scenes, including volume and serious crime and other incidents to secure, record and recover photographic, forensic and fingerprint evidence, mindful of the possible value of the evidence in investigation processes and ensuring that the exhibit(s) are preserved to prevent contamination, including attending scenes of sudden/suspicious death to record/collect information for the SIO/Coroner.
Ensure that all aspects of agreed forensic strategy are implemented and at major crime scenes i.e. murders, bomb incidents, take such action necessary to preserve the scene pending arrival/instruction from the Crime Scene Manager.
Document, prepare and compile all relevant photographic, forensic and fingerprint evidence found at such scenes, in order that it may be accessible for evidential purposes, in accordance with current legislation, Force Policy, ISO standards and subject to guidelines on the disclosure of information, including the examination of drugs, both visually and chemically, in accordance with SCD policy, ensuring the security of any substances.
Package, label and systematically record all evidence at crime scenes submitting them to the appropriate department when necessary for specialist analysis, ensuring that health and safety requirements are met. Ensure that any property seized is entered in the appropriate property register.
Record and promulgate intelligence gathered from crime scene investigation. Prepare factual statements and forensic reports for court purposes, so that prosecution evidence or evidence to HM Coroner may be correctly presented; attending court to present such evidence when required.
Attend post-mortems and assist the Pathologist by photographing cadavers and decomposed cadavers, both at the scene of a crime and during post mortem examinations, recovering body parts, taking fingerprints and other exhibits as required.
Assist and advise operational officers with regard to the quality of forensic evidence and the correct procedures in connection with the different submissions to outside agencies and internal departments in order to ensure correct packaging and labelling of exhibits and continuity of evidence.
Maintain and provide a level of competence under the College of Policing Practitioners Competence Programme, developing personal expertise and knowledge by attending courses and transferring learning to the work place and imparting that knowledge to colleagues internally, including mentoring and coaching developing CSIs and trainees and occasionally to outside organisations, using that learning to create and develop new ways of securing and collecting evidence in order to increase the effectiveness of the Department as a whole.
Progression criteria applies to this role, which is attached, and the postholder must pass all required training. The postholder will be required to provide an evidence portfolio of competence and work to UCAS/ISO standards. The Crime Scene Investigator must have a good general education, preferably to A level standard or equivalent level qualification. Competent photographic skills, keyboard and information technology skills, including experience of Microsoft Office packages and the ability to rapidly familiarise themselves with force bespoke systems are required. They must also possess the ability to understand and successfully apply all scientific processes in accordance with the approved training provided and demonstrate strong attention to detail.
The post holder must have good interpersonal and communication skills combined with an empathetic but professional approach, which will allow them to communicate effectively with victims of crime in a variety of emotional states and manage expectations. This must include the ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with people, using sound judgement and discretion. The ability to build effective working relationships both inside and external to the force is also required.
The post holder must have the ability to work methodically, on their own initiative and as part of a team, and in the main, after initial training, unsupervised, in a role that demands a proactive and thorough investigative approach and have the ability to deal with unpleasant crime scenes and on occasion, hostile/un-cooperative victims. The post holder must be able to self motivate and organise a demanding workload and possess a thorough understanding of the police environment and inter-relationships between activities, functions and processes and how operational police systems work.
The postholder will be required to work shifts on a rota basis, including weekends, covering the hours of 0600 0200hrs, incorporating early, lates and nights. On call arrangements apply to the hours not covered by the rota i.e. 0200-0600hrs. Changes of shift may be requested by senior CSIs at late notice and unplanned overtime may have to be worked if operationally required.
Analyse critically (level 1)
I recognise the need to think critically about issues. I value the use of analysis and testing in policing. I take in information quickly and accurately. I am able to separate information and decide whether it is irrelevant or relevant and its importance. I solve problems proactively by understanding the reasons behind them, using learning from evidence and my experiences to take action. I refer to procedures and precedents as necessary before making decisions. I weigh up the pros and cons of possible actions, thinking about potential risks and using this thinking to inform our decisions. I recognise gaps and inconsistencies in information and think about the potential implications. I make decisions in alignment with our mission, values and the Code of Ethics.
Collaborative (level 1)
I work cooperatively with others to get things done, willingly giving help and support to colleagues. I am approachable, and explain things well so that I generate a common understanding. I take the time to get to know others and their perspective in order to build rapport. I treat people with respect as individuals and address their specific needs and concerns. I am open and transparent in my relationships with others. I ensure I am clear and appropriate in my communications.
Deliver, support and inspire (level 1)
I take on challenging tasks to help to improve the service continuously and support my colleagues. I understand how my work contributes to the wider police service. I understand it is part of my collective responsibility to deliver efficient services. I take personal responsibility for making sure that I am working effectively to deliver the best service, both individually and with others. I am conscientious in my approach, working hard to provide the best service and to overcome any obstacles that could prevent or hinder delivery. I support the efficient use of resources to create the most value and to deliver the right impact. I keep up to date with changes in internal and external environments. I am a role model for the behaviours I expect to see in others and I act in the best interests of the public and the police service.
Emotionally aware (level 1)
I treat others with respect, tolerance and compassion. I acknowledge and respect a range of different perspectives, values and beliefs within the remit of the law. I remain calm and think about how to best manage the situation when faced with provocation. I understand my own emotions and I know which situations might affect my ability to deal with stress and pressure. I ask for help and support when I need it. I understand the value that diversity offers. I communicate in clear and simple language so that I can be easily understood by others. I seek to understand the thoughts and concerns of others even when they are unable to express themselves clearly.
Innovative and open-minded (level 1)
I demonstrate an openness to changing ideas, perceptions and ways of working. I share suggestions with colleagues, speaking up to help improve existing working methods and practices. I constantly reflect on my own way of working and periodically review processes and procedures for continuous improvements. I adapt to change and am flexible as the need arises while encouraging others to do the same. I learn from my experiences and do not let myself be unduly influenced by preconceptions.
Take ownership (level 1)
I actively identify and respond to problems. I approach tasks with enthusiasm, focusing on public service excellence. I regularly seek feedback to understand the quality of my work and the impact of my behaviour. I recognise where I can help others and willingly take on additional tasks to support them, where appropriate. I give feedback to others that I make sure is understandable and constructive. I take responsibility for my own actions, I fulfil my promises and do what I say I will. I will admit if I have made a mistake and take action to rectify this. I demonstrate pride in representing the police service. I understand my own strengths and areas for development and take responsibility for my own learning to address gaps.
I take into account individual needs and requirements in all of my actions. I understand that treating everyone fairly does not mean everyone is treated the same. I always give people an equal opportunity to express their views. I communicate with everyone, making sure the most relevant message is provided to all. I value everyone's views and opinions by actively listening to understand their perspective. I make fair and objective decisions using the best available evidence. I enable everyone to have equal access to services and information, where appropriate.
I always act in line with the values of the police service and the Code of Ethics for the benefit of the public. I demonstrate courage in doing the right thing, even in challenging situations. I enhance the reputation of my organisation and the wider police service through my actions and behaviours. I challenge colleagues whose behaviour, attitude and language falls below the public's and the service's expectations. I am open and responsive to challenge about my actions and words. I declare any conflicts of interest at the earliest opportunity. I am respectful of the authority and influence my position gives me. I use resources effectively and efficiently and not for personal benefit.
Public service (accredited)
I act in the interest of the public, first and foremost. I am motivated by serving the public, ensuring that I provide the best service possible at all times. I seek to understand the needs of others to act in their best interests. I adapt to address the needs and concerns of different communities. I tailor my communication to be appropriate and respectful to my audience. I take into consideration how others want to be treated when interacting with them. I treat people respectfully regardless of the circumstances. I share credit with everyone involved in delivering services.
I ensure that my decision-making rationale is clear and considered so that it is easily understood by others. I am clear and comprehensive when communicating with others. I am open and honest about my areas for development and I strive to improve. I give an accurate representation of my actions and records. I recognise the value of feedback and act on it. I give constructive and accurate feedback. I represent the opinions of others accurately and consistently. I am consistent and truthful in my communications. I maintain confidentiality appropriately.
Customer Services (Level 3)
Responds promptly and effectively to requests for assistance from customers, establishing and checking their service requirements.Understands the importance of completing accurate customer records and provides them with accurate and up to date information. Works well with others to improve standards of service and gathers information on customer feedback both positive and negative. Confident in face to face and telephone encounters with customers, accurately gauging needs and feelings through observation of behaviour and sensitive questioning. Is helpful and courteous at all times and remains calm, minimising potential conflict situations.
Driving (Level 3)
Can drive police vehicles following an authorisation test. Undertakes checks to ensure roadworthiness of vehicles before use including, tyre pressures, lights, fuel, oil and water. Completes vehicle mileage logs. Ensures that the vehicle is kept clean and tidy. Ensures security of police vehicles when leaving unattended. Conforms to all relevant legal requirements for the use of motor vehicles.
Fingerprint Identification (Level 3)
Possesses a basic knowledge of the concepts of fingerprint identification and related law. Able to recognise patterns and forms of prints including friction ridges. Understands the need for and use of fingerprints and is able to take and record good quality fingerprints. Fingerprint Retrieval & Development (Level 3) Understands the concepts of fingerprint retrieval and development and the related law. Has a working knowledge of the different processes in use within the Scientific Support Laboratory and external agencies. Knows the correct sequence in which to apply the range of chemicals to maximise fingerprint evidence. Understands which exhibits are suitable for treatment. Aware of the Laboratory submission policies and is able to package exhibits correctly for chemical and physical enhancement. Aware of Health & Safety guidelines and legislation relating to COSHH in respect of first level retrieval and making lifts.
Firearms (Level 3)
Has an appreciation of what weapons can do and an appreciation of the safety issues involved. Aware of basic types of weapon and their capabilities. Aware of how to deal with incidents and where to call for support.
Forensic - Crime Scene Management (Level 3)
Has a working knowledge of the preservation of evidence and practical experience in identifying scene parameters and securing crime scenes. Aware of the method of establishing and clearing a common approach path. Possesses a basic knowledge of the concepts of forensic evidence and the technical aids available within Force. Understands issues relating to scene contamination and can take practical steps to avoid it.
Forensic - Evidence and Evaluation (Level 3)
Confident and experienced in all practical and written procedures relating to the discovery and recovery of forensic material, including fingerprints, its value and subsequent submission. Has practical experience of interpreting volume crime scenes and of gathering intelligence from those scenes. Possesses a good working knowledge of procedures appertaining to continuity of material found. Understands the technical aids currently in use.
Health and Safety (Level 3)
Has a basic understanding of Health and Safety issues affecting the current role and working environment. Takes responsibility for personal safety and the safety of others. Aware of hazards and reports problems identified to line manager. Understands and minimises the physical risk of injury through the use of proper manual handling procedures.
Information Gathering and Analysis (Level 3)
Able to collect and store information relevant to own work and make sure that it is accurate, up-to-date and in line with the organisation's policies and procedures. Information gathered is sufficient for the purpose.
Information Management and Technology (Level 4)
Can conduct basic computer searches and can correctly interpret data generated. Can create and amend records, according to role requirement. Knows established rules and protocols. Understands impact of data quality, and is self-monitoring on data quality issues.
Knowledge of Police Environment and Policy (Level 3)
Has a basic awareness of current policing issues, the environment in which Kent Police and / or Essex Police operate and developments in the way the County is policed. Possesses sufficient knowledge of the roles of the various Areas / Departments, organisation structures and police systems to operate effectively. Understands appreciates and adheres to working procedures, practices and policies relevant to the current role. Familiar with Force goals and local business plan objectives.
Management of Police Information (MOPI) (Level 3)
Has a basic understanding of the APP for Information Management (incorporating MOPI guidance) and its practical application. Recognises when there is a policing purpose to record information. Is familiar with the NPCC Retention Schedule. Takes personal responsibility to ensure information is recorded accurately and is retained for as long as it has a policing purpose and is stored in such way to allow it to be accessed by those with legitimate reason. Securely disposes of material which no longer has a policing purpose. Has successfully completed all standard relevant Information Management and Security, training package(s). Accurate use of Government Security Classification (GSC). Ensures physical and digital records are stored with appropriate security relevant to the sensitivity of the documents.
Photography and Digital Imaging (Level 4)
Demonstrates a sound working knowledge of all aspects of photographic and digital imaging. Plans, prepares and undertakes assignments in a range of standard and non - standard situations. Aware of the technical products available that will enhance the final image. Uses colour, exposure, framing, lighting and printing techniques to produce results that meet client needs. Identifies processing and printing faults and is aware of their causes and treatments. Understands the range of different presentation, storage and retrieval techniques to ensure the physical care of images and minimise the risk of damage. Is capable of offering photographic advice to colleagues.
Risk Management (Level 3)
Demonstrates an awareness of personal risk management issues, challenges or difficulties likely to affect the post holder in the execution of their duties. Able to anticipate risks likely to affect their work and knows how to communicate the likelihood and possible impacts of such events to line managers or supervisors.