Senior Scenes of Crime Officer

Senior Scenes of Crime Officer 
Bedworth, Warwickshire
Permanent Contract
Full Time
The closing date for this post is 12 noon on Friday 21st September 2018
Interviews will be held around 3rd & 4th October 2018

A strategic alliance has been formed between Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police in order to enable both forces to meet the challenge of reducing policing budgets. By working more closely together the forces will benefit from greater operational and organisational resilience, making us the fourth largest geographic police area in England and Wales.

The main purpose of the role is to manage complex and major police related incidents making best use of resources and applying appropriate scientific techniques. Deliver expert advice on crime scene services to internal and external stakeholders.

Main Responsibilities: 

Manage the day-to-day operational and administrative SOCO and Tasking Unit functions, including resource deployment.

To act as Crime Scene Manager or Co-ordinator under the direction of the Principal SOCO at scenes of major crime / incidents, providing scientific and technical expertise where required and progressing investigations using nationally approved forensic techniques.

To maintain and implement quality control and quality assurance measures for all Scenes of Crime and Tasking Unit personnel. Ensure that examinations completed meet the appropriate national and ISO standards. Providing such data as required by the Principal SOCO.

Maintain and use all equipment, substances and protective clothing issued for SOCO work, ensuring that it is kept in good condition, is fit for purpose and fulfils health and safety / COSHH requirements.

Attend post-mortems, take possession of samples and photograph all subject matter required appertaining to the deceased. Assist in the identification of the deceased / human remains, including the fingerprinting of the deceased following post-mortem examination.

Package, label and systematically record all evidence at crime scenes an arrange for the safe removal of articles to Forensic Services and submission of evidence to laboratories.

Provide approval for all SOCO GF-111 submissions for Forensic Service providers, ensuring full compliance with the Forensic Submissions Policy.

Provide advice and guidance to investigating officers concerning laboratory submission processes, ensuring full compliance with the Forensic Submissions Policy and that acceptable standards are maintained.

To undertake other duties commensurate with the nature, level of responsibility and grading of this post, as required.

Experience/Skills: 

A level / level 3 (or equivalent) qualification in a laboratory science

Attended and passed an ACPO recognised Crime Scene Investigation course and Crime Scene Managers Course

Knowledge of how science and technology support and aid crime investigation and an understanding of how those techniques are applied in order to obtain best evidence.

Experience of managing teams within a performance driven environment.

Experience of managing crime scenes and directing others.

Experience of working with a quality system. (i.e ISO)

Good IT skills including WORD, Excel and at least one forensic case management system.

Able to prioritise competing demands.

Full driving licence.

Special Conditions 

Shift work and on call rota

Warranted powers

The duties of this role includes exposure to disturbing / unpleasant images or tasks such as the requirement to attend and/or view images of crime scenes and/or post mortem examinations.

Travel throughout Warwickshire and West Mercia

Wearing a uniform

Confirmation of employment is subject successful completion of the Crime Scene Co-ordinators course within 12 months of appointment.

We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

You will be required as part of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police recruitment process to successfully complete vetting and credit checks.

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