Job title: FCIU Office Manager Grade: PO 3 Role code: EOP1025 Status: Police Staff
Main purpose of the role:
Lead a team of Forensic Collision Investigators, directing the management of the teams investigations and being responsible for all final outcomes and the publication of forensic reports within agreed deadlines to allow for case progression. Manage all elements of the FCIU office which includes coordinating the procurement of equipment, arranging and supporting staff training and succession planning and development to ensure a highly skilled competent team of investigators are able to forensically support road death cases. Maintain own professional competence by attending and investigating relevant incidents which include road deaths, life threatening collisions and incidents involving Police vehicles.
Undertake the role of a fully qualified Forensic Collison Investigator, attending the scene of an incident, objectively analyse information and events beyond evidence gathering, interpret the information and provide expert opinion, report on fatal, certain life threatening collisions and police vehicle collisions acting as an expert in forensic collision investigation offering advice support to Senior Investigating Officers to ensure all possible evidence is preserved and effective cases can be built.
Coordinate the deployment of staff and work with the team providing advice, guidance and quality assurance of reports to ensure the highest possible standard of forensic collision investigation in order to present a thoroughly professional and unbiased expert account of events to the Crown Prosecution Service, Criminal, Civil and Coroners Courts and other interested agencies; the delivery of such evidence will comply with the current legislative requirements concerning the preparation and delivery of evidence.
To be the main point of contact for all forensic collision investigation queries, maintaining an awareness of current research and developments within Forensic Collision Investigation techniques in order to act as a senior investigator, providing advice and support to the team where necessary and to ensure compliance with local service level agreements. This will include establishing and developing contacts with individuals in other agencies and become the recognised source with detailed professional knowledge on a range of complex collision investigation matters to improve the quality of investigations and the reputation of the FCIU.
Supervise all FCIU investigations conducted by the unit staff, ensuring the publication of forensic reports within agreed timescales. To check and validate all evidence to ensure that investigations are conducted using the correct scientific principles and that any conclusions reached are valid and supported by the available evidence to allow for effective investigation and progression of expert opinion to prosecution where necessary.
Manage the FCIU team including recruitment of suitable staff and to ensure succession planning to meet any future requirements of the unit and the operational provision of services. Take responsibility for staff welfare, development through regular appraisals, discipline and training, paying particular attention to unit performance.
Manage all elements of the FCIU office, ensuring specialist equipment is maintained calibrated and appropriate for use, responsible for a robust administration system to track work and performance ensuring that all reports and provision of expert evidence is provided adhering to the required statutory and procedural requirements.
Represent the force on all specialist forums and meetings both regionally and nationally in relation to matters relating to Forensic Collision Investigation and to keep the skills and techniques adopted by the unit up-to-date. This will include talks/presentations to internal and external groups on forensic collision investigation/vehicle examination and related issues.
Undertake duties as the on call FCI on early and night shifts when necessary.
Supervisory experience is required, at least 3-5 years.
The Forensic Collision Investigator must have a City and Guilds, or equivalent ACPO recognised accident Investigation qualification, or equivalent qualification recognised by the ACPO protocol for Collision investigators.
The post holder must have successfully passed a Vehicle Examiners Course at City and Guilds or BTEC level 4.
In order to provide -expert witness- testimony at Court, the post holder must be educated to degree level in a science discipline, or demonstrate practical experience in law enforcement collision investigation work.
It is essential that the post holder is, or is seeking, registration with the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP).
The ability to prepare scale plans for court purposes using surveying equipment (Robotic Total station & GPS) and it-s associated computer software, and also to prepare manual scale plans is essential.
Knowledge of office software statistical or analytical products/systems is desirable (Crush damage analysis software, RELMO 3D modelling/reconstruction package, SKIDCALC skid testing software) and an ability to define system specifications/customize current systems. Tachograph calibration skills are desirable.
The post holder must demonstrate the ability to assimilate and retain information, possess sound problem solving skills, have the ability to interpret and evaluate qualitative data extracting salient points, and to develop inferences in order to make recommendations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential, as are negotiating and influencing skills. The ability to present information to a wide audience is also a requirement.
Team Working skills are essential as is the ability to cope with a heavy and varied workload, utilising effective time management skills to deal with competing demands. The post holder must possess an up to date clean U.K. driving license for motorcars and must have, or be capable of passing, an advanced driving certificate for motorcars issued by a police driving school.
The postholder must be able to plan and prioritise their own workload and that of the team. They will need to have excellent communication skills; this role will involve interaction providing expert opinion and the ability to explain very complex forensic analysis to gain the understanding of the audience.
The postholder will also need to be methodical and organised in their approach to work, this will be evidenced through quality report reviews; they need to be able to pay meticulous attention to detail. The will need to be diplomatic in provide feedback to the team and ensuring the development of a cohesive unit.
The postholder will need to be self-motivated with a resilient character due to the nature of the role.
SKILL REQUIREMENTS MANDATORY SKILL(S) (required to have to undertake post)
1. Qualified Forensic Collision Investigator 2. Vehicle Examiners Course at City and Guilds or BTEC level 4 3. In order to provide expert witness testimony at Court, the post holder must be educated to degree level in a science discipline, or demonstrate practical experience in law enforcement collision 4. Supervisory Experience.
ESSENTIAL SKILL(S) (Necessary training when in post)
1. Advanced driving permit 2. Traffic Law Course 3. Fast Road Trained
Analyse critically (level 2)
I ensure that the best available evidence from a wide range of sources is taken into account when making decisions. I think about different perspectives and motivations when reviewing information and how this may influence key points. I ask incisive questions to test out facts and assumptions, questioning and challenging the information provided when necessary. I understand when to balance decisive action with due consideration. I recognise patterns, themes and connections between several and diverse sources of information and the best available evidence. I identify when I need to take action on the basis of limited information and think about how to mitigate the risks in doing so. I challenge others to ensure that decisions are made in alignment with our mission, values and the Code of Ethics.
Collaborative (level 2)
I manage relationships and partnerships for the long term, sharing information and building trust to find the best solutions. I help create joined-up solutions across organisational and geographical boundaries, partner organisations and those the police serve. I understand the local partnership context, helping me to use a range of tailored steps to build support. I work with our partners to decide who is best placed to take the lead on initiatives. I try to anticipate our partners' needs and take action to address these. I do not make assumptions. I check that our partners are getting what they need from the police service. I build commitment from others (including the public) to work together to deliver agreed outcomes.
Deliver, support and inspire (level 2)
I give clear direction and expectations, helping others to understand how their work operates in the wider context. I identify barriers that inhibit performance in my teams and take steps to resolve these, enabling others to perform. I lead the public and / or colleagues, where appropriate, during incidents or through the provision of advice and support. I ensure the efficient use of resources to create the most value and the right impact within my areas. I keep track of changes in the external environment, anticipating both the short and long term potential implications for the Police Service. I motivate and inspire others to achieve their best.
Emotionally aware (level 2)
I consider the perspectives of people from a wide range of backgrounds before taking action. I adapt my style and approach according to the needs of the people I am working with, using my own behaviour to achieve the best outcome. I promote a culture that values diversity and encourages challenge. I encourage reflective practice among others and take the time to support others to understand reactions and behaviours. I take responsibility for helping to ensuring the emotional well being of those in my teams. I take the responsibility to deal with any inappropriate behaviours.
Innovative and open-minded (level 2)
I explore a number of different sources of information and use a variety of tools when faced with a problem and look for good practice that is not always from policing. I am able to spot opportunities or threats which may influence how I go about my job in the future by using knowledge of trends, new thinking about policing and changing demographics in the population. I am flexible in my approach, changing my plans to make sure that I have the best impact. I encourage others to be creative and take appropriate risks. I share my explorations and understanding of the wider internal and external environment.
Take ownership (level 2)
I proactively create a culture of ownership within my areas of work and support others to display personal responsibility. I take responsibility for making improvements to policies, processes and procedures, actively encouraging others to contribute their ideas. I am accountable for the decisions my team make and the activities within our teams. I take personal responsibility for seeing events through to a satisfactory conclusion and for correcting any problems both promptly and openly. I actively encourage and support learning within my teams and colleagues.
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.
Casefile Preparation (Level 3)
Identify and present case materials, working with the CPS to progress the case. Example: Distinguish between evidence and unused material, identifying material, which might undermine the prosecution or assist the defence. Record, retain and reveal all unused material, distinguishing between sensitive and non sensitive. Ensure quality and accuracy of file contents, presenting evidence logically and with integrity. Present honest and objective comments regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the case in a fair and justifiable manner to the CPS. Liaise with the Criminal Justice Unit and/or Crown Prosecution Service for advice, as required submit the correct and completed case file to the Criminal Justice Units in the required time scales. Respond promptly and positively to CJU/CPS requests in respect of further actions.
Crash Investigation (Level 4)
Has attended and passed part one of the City and Guilds Crash Investigators course and is able to apply the specialist knowledge learnt on this. Has a good working knowledge of vehicle examination and is able to identlfy vehicle defects which are likely to have caused a crash. Has a good understanding of the workings of all types of vehicles. Able to gather detailed evidence at the scene of serious road traffic collisions having consideration to scene management and the needs of the coroner. Able to offer advice with confidence with regard to scene preservation. Has been trained and has the ability to use a range of specialist crash investigation equipment.
Driving (Level 6)
Has successfully completed the Operational Advanced Driving course within the past 5 years and meets the aims and objectives of the course. Additionally may have been reauthorised to that level within the past 5 years. If required by role authorised to drive Technical Surveillance vehicles in mobile surveillance operations. And/or is authorised to ride motorcycles at an advanced level having passed an Advanced Motorcycle course.
Forensic - Crime Scene Management (Level 5)
Has a thorough understanding and extensive practical experience in scene management, including the identification, marking and control of scenes in relation to single incidents. Effectively recovers, discovers, preserves and records forensic evidence. Demonstrates detailed knowledge of legislation, policy and procedures, and scientific technical aids available within Force. Able to direct others in their responsibilities at a scene and knows when to seek expert advice at the scene. And /or able to manage and co-ordinate the work at crime scenes within an Area, ensuring the attendance of specialist scientific support staff. Able to apply and offer advice and develop colleagues. Likely to possess a Diploma in Scene Management.
Forensic - Evidence and Evaluation (Level 5)
Has a thorough understanding of all aspects of forensic potential in the investigation of crime. Demonstrates detailed knowledge of legislation, policy and procedures, and scientific technical aids available. Able to provide advice and guidance in respect of the submission of evidence for major crime investigations. Able to offer advice and assist with the development of colleagues in forensic work. Aware of other specialist skills available to aid the interpretation of forensic evidence.
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.
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 Organisation (Level 4)
Fully conversant with organising an office and able to develop working practices which impact on productivity. Able to adapt and innovate so that the office environment contributes to increased efficiency and effectiveness. Can plan and control office activities to meet objectives. Able to prepare and present management information which facilitates action. Effectively evaluates information/products and makes recommendations on following a course of action.
Risk Management (Level 4)
Able to anticipate risks likely to affect the team's ability to execute their function, in terms of likelihood and impact, and assesses how the challenges facing the wider organisation might affect their team and their objectives. Has an understanding of pathways to alert local managers to flawed or ineffective operational control strategies and provide continuity/recovery options. Has an appreciation that seizing opportunities also generates risks.
Road Death Investigation (Level 5)
Can supervise and co-ordinate the activities of other investigators providing advice and guidance on the whole range of non-forensic investigation techniques policies and procedures relating to serious/fatal collisions. Able to give accurate and clear statements to the media. Shows an awareness of specialist and expert witnesses available to assist investigations, and has realistic expectations concerning the services that can be provided. Undertakes and oversees detailed and comprehensive collision investigations.