Ballistics Technician

Location; Birmingham, West Midlands

Grade: Band C / D lower

Salary: £20,619 to £35,481

Closing Date: 30th October 2020 

The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) as a Technician at the Central Hub in Birmingham. You will be part of a diverse and committed Central Hub team, reporting directly to the Hub Manager.

NABIS provides fast-time intelligence linked to the criminal use of firearms, linking firearms incidents across the UK to help develop a national understanding of the use, supply, importation and manufacture of illegal firearms.

NABIS also plays a crucial part in UK policing as part of the NPCC’s portfolio, and works with the police forces of England, Wales and Scotland as well as partner law enforcement agencies. NABIS is an independent national policing organisation but hosted by West Midlands Police (WMP) for financial and employment purposes.

For more information on the organisation and the role NABIS plays within UK’s law enforcement network as well as internationally, please visit our website at

The role is offered on a permanent contract where working hours are generally 36.5 per week Monday to Friday. On occasions however, it may be necessary to work additional hours and occasionally at weekends.

Key Responsibilities

  •  Responsibility for safety, certification and storage of all firearms and associated information submitted to NABIS, including making safe firearms to prevent unintentional discharges.
  •  Provide knowledge and services for firearms and IBIS technologies and maintain quality technical processes in line with independently verified standards.
  •  Undertake the classification of all types of ammunition whilst preserving forensic evidence including, DNA, fingerprints and fibres.
  •  Undertake the examination and photography of ammunition for identifying marks and modifications and ensure the efficient and effective use of IBIS technologies, realising early   investigative opportunities and maintaining a high quality database.
  •  Use and update the NABIS database.

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge

You will:

  • Be educated to degree level or equivalent in a scientific or forensic science discipline.
  • Have knowledge of firearms history and manufacturing processes.
  • Possess good customer facing communication skills.
  • Have a sound general forensic science knowledge including DNA, fingerprints, fibres, hairs and tool marks.
  • Be able to meet demanding deadlines and performance targets whilst remaining flexible and responsive to changing operational circumstances.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the National Ballistics Intelligence Service.
  • Possess strong IT skills including competence in Microsoft Office applications.

Desirable Skills and Knowledge

  • Forensic work experience or experience of working as an armourer or in firearms control/examination.
  • Experience and training in use of IBIS technologies.
  • Experience of firearms range control and range procedures.

Further Information


We offer a comprehensive range of rewards and benefits including:

  • 24 days annual leave plus bank holidays (26 days upon moving to Level Two), increasing to 29 days (31 days) after five years’ service.
  • Access to a Corporate Health Cash Plan and Wellbeing website.
  • Access to the Corporate Travel Scheme operated by WMP.
  • An option to join a generous Local Government pension scheme.
  • Have an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and experience in an engaging, supportive and flexible environment. 
  • The successful candidate will undertake the Technician Training Programme and successfully complete modules One and Two within the first two years, with the opportunity to progress through to Technician Level Two and Level Three.

Selection Process

On completion of the online application form, applicants who meet the statutory requirements will be invited to assessment centre. Applications will be assessed by at least one independent assessors for evidence of experience and achievements against the above essential, and then desirable, criteria.

It is essential when responding to the application form questions that you evidence how you meet the criteria, using examples of your skills, your experience and the role you played in each example given. Please do not include a CV in your application as this will not be taken into account.

If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a technical assessment as well as a competency based interview.

Applicants will be assessed against the Competency & Values Framework for Policing (CVF). You can access information on the CVF, via the College of Policing website.

Interview Information

Shortlisting of applications will take place week commencing 2nd November 2020.

Interviews will take place between 16th – 27th November 2020.

Interviews will take place at the Central Hub in Birmingham. 

Please note-NABIS will not cover the cost of travel to interview/assessment unless otherwise stated.

A candidate reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments may be made.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum scale point of the pay band and will need to able to take up the position by early 2021.


The successful applicant must pass basic security checks and will be vetted up to Management Level. This will be a condition of acceptance to this post.

In addition, the successful applicant will need to hold a current UK passport and to have resided within the UK for a minimum of 3 years. 

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. If you need a change to make your application or participate in the assessment process, please contact the WMP recruitment team.

For any further information on the role, the Competency Values Framework or the selection process, please contact:


NABIS fully supports and is proud of its commitment to the principles of Diversity and Inclusion to maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities.

NABIS: To advance our position as an International Centre of Excellence for forensic ballistics and intelligence to tackle the Criminal Use of Firearms.

West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions.  The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future. 

West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader – the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.  As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme – all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.

“Diversity and Inclusion Vision:  Maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities”

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