Job title: Digital Imaging Officer Grade: SCALE 6 Role code: END1415 Status: Police Staff
Main purpose of the role:
Provide a comprehensive, effective and efficient digital imaging service to the Force, researching developments in equipment, software and techniques and assessing their potential benefit to the Force, in order to support forensic, evidence and intelligence gathering processes and assist in solving and detecting crimes. Provide specialist advice and support on digital techniques and capabilities, including training Senior CSIs and Major Crime.
Use advanced digital imaging techniques to agreed standards using a range of computer hardware and software packages, in order to provide images and court presentations which include body mapping 360 degree virtual tours and scene re-creation, attending court to present this evidence when required.
Provide specialist advice and guidance to the Force on the use of digital imaging techniques as part of the evidential process, working within national guidelines to ensure compliance with legislation and to aide investigations.
Provide advice, guidance and training in specialist digital imaging techniques and procedures to the Force, in order to maximise developments in technology, ensure that the required standard of work is maintained and that correct operating procedures are followed.
Maintain all computer hardware and software used for digital imaging, making minor repairs and installing upgrade components when necessary, in order to ensure that the Unit is equipped to remain operational at all times.
Maintain a specialist knowledge of digital imaging hardware and software and its application within a forensic environment in order to assist the Forensics Strategy. Attend training seminars both internally and externally, ensuring that all processes are conducted in accordance with current policy and guidance, evidencing competency as part of ISO accreditation.
Provide a specialist photographic and imaging service to the Force, taking photographs in a wide variety of locations and using a range of specialist equipment and techniques, in order to meet the requirements of the Force and provide direct support to operational policing.
The post holder must hold a formal qualification in photography such as a City & Guilds, HND, Degree and/or BIPP; they must also have a high level of knowledge and expertise surrounding digital imaging techniques, including the use and practical maintenance of hardware and software gained through practical experience over several years. A high level of knowledge around photographic development processes, including specialist equipment and techniques used for forensic investigation is also essential IT skills are essential, including Microsoft Office products and the Socrates management information system.
The post holder must be able to work under minimal supervision with the ability to work in a team of staff within a frequently demanding environment. They should also possess training and coaching skills.
A methodical and thorough approach to work is essential, with the ability to prioritise significant workload demands. Strong written and verbal communication skills are also essential and the post holder must be able to liaise with individuals at all levels.
The post holder must be confident and professional, able to act as a representative of the Force in court if required. They must also have a working knowledge of COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002).
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.
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.
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 4)
Has received Supervisor training and takes responsibility for the safety of directly subordinate staff and visitors. Understands the procedures in place for the safe storage of hazardous substances, fire precautions and evacuation. Resolves hazards or problems identified within roles or work environments. Undertakes skills passport assessments for new and existing staff. Re-assesses passport as and when new equipment/technology is introduced. Completes annual reviews of skills passports, training needs analysis.
Internal Consultancy (Level 4)
Demonstrates an in depth knowledge of the relevant specialist area and combines this with high level consultancy skills. Develops collaborative relationships with internal clients and works with them to achieve joint objectives and targets. Maintains an up to date awareness of all developments which may affect Force business and policies and proactively advises clients of all relevant matters.
Knowledge of Police Environment and Policy (Level 4)
Displays a general appreciation of changes affecting the police service. Understands the inter-relationships between the roles of the various Operational and Support activities, and how organisation structures and police systems work. Possesses a detailed understanding of working procedures, practices and policies relevant to the current role and the roles of subordinates and ensures that these are followed at all times. Is clear about Force goals and effectively contributes to local business plan objectives.
Knowledge of Legislation and Policy (Level 4)
Has a thorough understanding of all legislation, policy and procedure relevant to the current role. Able to apply this and offer advice to colleagues as necessary.
Management of Police Information (MOPI) (Level 4)
Full compliance with Level 3. 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 and has working understanding of appropriate National Retention Schedules. Is able to quality assure own records management processes as well as those of any staff for whom they have supervisory responsibility. Is aware of where to seek further support in relation to Records management within force when necessary. If nominated as an Information Asset Assistant is familiar with the NPCC Information Asset Owners Handbook.
Office Technology (Level 5)
Expert in the use of one or more office software products. Is proficient in the use of these packages to significantly enhance the quality and/or presentation of work required within the role. This is likely to relate to the use of spreadsheet, database or desktop publishing packages and may include the manipulation of reports, moving data between applications, using scanning or optical storage peripherals, etc. to make the best use of information Recognises and makes the best possible use of office systems and/or understands how office systems can be used to improve the way work is undertaken.
Photography and Digital Imaging (Level 6)
Able to co-ordinate the delivery of a quality Photographic and Digital Imaging service, setting service level agreements and defining the standards within which the Unit operates. Understands the value of images as a means of communication / evidence and markets the Unit's capabilities for use in the Force. Consistently monitors costs and assesses new equipment and techniques to ensure best value and the provision of a 'cutting edge' photographic and digital imaging service. Is aware of copyright and legal obligations and ensures that the Unit operates within these.
Research Techniques (Level 4)
Has a thorough understanding of research methods and is able to fully utilise these for a range of research projects. Able to analyse reports and data produced by other individuals/ organisations and extract relevant details to support the project in hand. Produces a range of options for consideration. Aware of the financial, organisational and service delivery implications of options.
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 howto communicate the likelihood and possible impacts of such events to line managers or supervisors.