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Post Title: Forensic Collision Investigator- Police Constable/ Detective Constable

Type of contract: Permanent

Rank/Grade:  Police Constable/ Detective Constable

Directorate/Department: Specialist Operations/ Forensic Services

Statement of expectation for the role:  Candidates must hold either a UCPD and/or Cert HE qualification. Requirement of 4 years tenure in this role due to specialist training as Forensic Collision Investigator.

Vetting level required: RV/CTC

Location: Bishopsgate          

Salary: As per National Pay Scale

Description of COLP:

A powerful and influential area such as the City of London demands a high calibre police force. The City of London Police does not disappoint.

Nationally and internationally recognised for its innovation and expertise, City of London Police strives to provide ever-improving levels of service to its unique community.

The Square Mile is home to over 450 international banks, 300,000 City workers and 8,000 residents and welcomes more than four million visitors to its iconic sites every year.

Purpose of the Role:

To provide an expert Forensic Collision Investigation service, compliant with current legislative and regulatory standards.

As part of a close team of three Forensic Collision Investigators (FCI’s), responsible for the initial scene management of all fatal and serious road collisions and thereafter responsible for scene reconstructions and associated examinations.

The FCI’s are also force leads for CCTV analysis and, as part of Forensic Services, integral to the major crime scene response in recording 3D scans. The department encourages and supports continuous professional development and allows CI’s to diversify their role in adopting other forensic skills.


·         Attend all life threatening and fatal collisions in order to identify, interpret and record available forensic evidence

·         Undertake forensic collision investigation though initial examination of scenes through to prosecution stage, planning, coordinating and managing the work on multiple long term cases, including police vehicles and other incidents

  • Photograph and forensically map the scene as required using a variety of methods and equipment to prepare evidential scale plans and other visual representations.
  • Provide analysis of vehicle borne data and conduct specialist technical and mechanical examinations of all type of vehicle under relevant legislation to identify offences, substantiate allegations of mechanical failure and ensure that procedures are conducted in line with national requirements.
  • Produce reconstruction reports ensuring by applying correct scientific principles and ensure conclusions reached are valid and supported by the available evidence within agreed timescales.
  • Provide an expert witness service within your capability and expertise.  Advise and liaise with key parties to ensure a professional thorough, investigation whilst maintaining the highest standards and ensuring (unbiased) expert evidence is provided from initial scene capture through to expert testimony and cross examination in court, in order to support the criminal justice and coronial systems.
  • Assist other team members with investigations and peer review findings to ensure the accuracy and quality of evidence is maintained.
  • Provide support and expertise to Response and Patrol officers in relation to accident investigation, vehicle examination, large goods vehicles and passenger carrying vehicle related matters.
  • Undertake detailed CCTV enhancement and analysis for all crime types.
  • Undertake 3D laser scans at all major crimes scenes as directed as part of the Forensic response.
  • Ensure compliance with the Forensic Science Regulator’s Codes of Conduct, ISO standards, Criminal and Civil Procedure Rules to provide a high quality of service.
  • Achieve and maintain competence in accordance with ISO standards and evidence continued professional development to NPCC requirements.

Essential Criteria – including the behaviours that will be tested at application/interview:

·         Must be able to manage own workload and prioritize competing demands.

·         Ability to work with minimal supervision

·         Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with members of the public, senior managers, partner agencies and colleagues whether at scene or in other environments.

·         To be computer literate and have sound practical knowledge of Microsoft office programs

Types of Qualification(s) needed:

·         You must either be qualified to CertHE level Forensic Collision Investigator with recent, relevant experience undertaking that role, or hold a UCPD qualification and either be undertaking the CertHE training course or willing to undertake that course as soon as possible.

·         Hold a qualification in vehicle examination and be competent and able to carry out examinations on all vehicle types.

·         To hold a full car driving licence and hold or be willing to be trained to police advance driving standard

Desirable Criteria (If applicable):

  • Experience of surveying techniques and associated software
  • Forensic tyre examination qualification.
  • Forensic light bulb examination qualification.
  • Be able to show competence with day and night photography.
  • Hold LGV, PSV and motorcycle licence.

·         Membership of a relevant professional body such as; Institute of Motor Industry (IMI), Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (ITAI), Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSoFS)

Other Criteria

  • Ability to contribute equitably to the designated shift pattern and standby duty as required.
  • If not held, demonstrate ability to obtain motorcycle and vocational driving licences.
  • Emotional resilience and ability to deal with distressing situations.
  • Willingness and ability to work in physically challenging environments e.g. walking long distances or over uneven ground, carrying awkward or heavy items over protracted periods of time. Inclement weather conditions and exposure to potentially hazardous substances (including bodily fluids and bodies).
  • Attend non-Police premises, and other locations where directed and agreed to locally, to examine vehicles.
  • Due to the nature of the role, must provide Biometric samples (fingerprints and DNA) for inclusion on the respective Police Elimination Databases for routine speculative searching purposes

The application and interview will be tested under Level 1 of the College of Policing Competency and Values Framework.

Applicants who fail to address the skills/knowledge/experience of the job description will not be considered.

If you would like to discuss the post in more detail, please contact Gihan Lekamwattage 0207 6012749 or Darren Johnson 07926 075190.

The closing date for applications is 08th October 2021 17.00.

This vacancy is open only to those who have the right to work in the UK.

The City of London Police is keen to promote flexible working and will, subject to operational policing requirements, proactively consider all applications to work flexibly.

The City of London Police is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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