Analyse, compare and provide specialist interpretation of fingerprint submissions in all case types, including Major Crimes; maximising identifications and supplying expert advice in order to support the investigation and detection of crime as a designated, competent and registered Fingerprint Expert. This includes the final, confirming authorisation of Identifications at the final stage of comparison.
Carry out all forms of Fingerprint Searching, Comparisons and Identifications, utilising automated methods (IDENT1) as well as manual methodologies in relation to all offence types including major/serious offences and attending major crime scenes; adhering at all times to relevant comparison parameters in line with local and National procedures, taking responsibility for the timely completion of final stage verifying checks.
Analyse and assess the value of all casework within required timeframes, utilising the GMCI procedure to deliver a fast and accurate service to colleagues both within Kent and Essex and other forces when required, producing MG22(b) SFR Forensic Identification Reports following the fast-track processing of GMCI casework, as well as addressing further queries from CPS and Defence in the format of MG22(c) SFR stage 2 Forensic Issues Report, attending case conferences as required and presenting the content of these in court when required to do so.
Provide an expert interpretation and evaluation of Forensic Fingerprint Evidence, supplying intelligence and advice to colleagues within Kent and Essex Police (as well as external forces) to support the effective investigation and resolution of crime; liaising with other Police Forces, Divisions, Departments, outside agencies etc. to maximise efficiency in Fingerprint Identification and allied matters and to interrogate Force Intelligence Systems (ATHENA) to optimise the opportunities to identify offenders at the earliest stage possible.
Prepare full file evidence, addressing issues raised by the courts, ensuring continuity and disclosure are attested to and answering to such matters in court as required.
Offer expert specialist advice, interpretation and guidance internally, to other forces and the CPS, attending case conferences as directed to offer specialist advice and interpretation at pre-trial/plea and case management phases of prosecution.
Prepare reports, statistics, and be involved in working parties to ensure procedure is effective and maintains best practice.
Assist with the maintenance of the Kent and Essex Police Fingerprint Collection in accordance with current legislation, including: PACE 1984, Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, Amendments to Sex Offenders Act 1997, Data Protection Act 1998, ACPO Crime Committee Weeding Rules for Criminal Records, Police and Criminal Justice Act 2004.
Maintain up to date and in depth knowledge of all areas relating to Fingerprints, including current law, policies, operating procedures; the development of latent marks by the CSI and Chemical Enhancement Laboratory; this is required to ensure competence is achieved and maintained.
Maintain Professional knowledge of ISO 17025, Forensic Science Regulators Codes of Practice and Conduct, ILAC G19 and Lab 13, to ensure continued personal competence and assist with Fingerprint Hub achieving and maintaining accreditation to the mandatory quality standards.
The postholder must have a substantial level of professional knowledge and expertise surrounding the study and identification of fingerprints, gained through study and practical experience, to ensure integrity when providing specialist interpretation of evidence. It is essential that the post holder has successfully completed the National Fingerprint Learning Programme or in house equivalent training and is a competent practitioner.
Confidence and professionalism are essential, including the presence to justify own professional findings and conclusions when acting as an expert witness.
The postholder must have strong analytical skills, excellent attention to detail together with the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. Excellent interpersonal, communication and report writing skills are essential.
Good IT skills are essential together with the ability to use systems and databases for fingerprint searching and identification.
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.
Fingerprint Identification (Level 6)
Demonstrates the practical skills learnt from the Advanced Fingerprint Officers course and has a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of fingerprinting. Demonstrates a detailed knowledge of the legislation, policy and procedures of the Force and the scientific technical aids available. Attends crime scenes and is able to provide expert witness testimony in Court. Able to offer advice and assist with the development of colleagues.
Fingerprint Retrieval and Development (Level 5)
Demonstrates the practical skills learnt from the Fingerprint Evidence Recording and Recovery Techniques (FERRT) course, in respect of photographing and enhancing fingerprints. Able to operate the quasar at the scene of a crime. Has a thorough understanding of photographic theory and practice and the principles relating to the preservation of forensic evidence recovered on exhibits submitted to the Scientific Support laboratory. Demonstrates a detailed knowledge of legislation, policy and procedure and the scientific technical aids available. Able to advise and decide on the best methods of treating complex exhibits at the scene. Able to carry out basic maintenance on all equipment in use within the laboratory.
Forensic - Evidence and Evaluation (Level 4)
Displays a thorough working knowledge of a broad range of forensic techniques, including fingerprints, and of all legislation, policies and procedures and scientific technical aids within the Force. Able to make judgements relating to submission priorities particularly in volume crime matters. Recognises the need for specialist interventions at crime scenes. Capable of viewing a scene with an open and creative mind thus enhancing the scope of examination. Has extensive practical experience of scene interpretation and intelligence gathering.
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 Management and Technology (Level 5)
Can retrieve information from computer searches across data source boundaries e.g. across a number of data sources, across county. Can analyse and compare data from such searches. Understands significance of findings and can provide guidance on the reliability of forecasts resulting from data analysis. Can monitor data quality in the work of others, and may manage the impact of data quality issues.
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.
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.
Risk Management (Level 5)
Able to anticipate, accurately define and establish the relative level of risk likely to affect their specialist function, in terms of likelihood and impact, together with how the challenges facing the wider organisation might affect their role within the force. Assesses the risks of national initiatives providing feedback at the relevant level. Has an understanding of pathways to alert all appropriate senior managers to flawed or ineffective control strategies and provide continuity/recovery options. Has an appreciation that seizing opportunities also generates risks.
Training (Level 3)
Able to present and convey ideas and new/ revised procedures, on a one to one or group basis, to a logical and well structured plan. Aware of a variety of training techniques, tools and principles.