Police Staff / Forensic Imaging Assistant
Force Headquarters

Job reference: 006261

Closing date: 29/01/2021

Job start date: Not specified

Salary: Grade C £21,135 to £23,406

Employment type: Permanent - Full Time

Department: (FIB) Force Intelligence Bureau

Hours per week: 36.5

Working Days: 5


Forensic Imaging Assistant

Laboratory Services


Grade C - £21,135-£23,406

Force Headquarters

Closing Date: Friday 29th January 2021

Merseyside Police is a modern force with traditional values and serves a population of 1.5 million people.  Our Force covers a geographical area of 647 square kilometres and currently employs over 6,000 people in a variety of roles. We are committed to putting our communities first, preventing crime, protecting people and pursuing offenders.


Job Purpose:

To support Laboratory Services in maximising the effectiveness of forensic evidence through the photography of friction ridge detail and facilitate force wide requests for digital media from the Forensic Services in-house system Fotoware.

All activity will be conducted in compliance with the Quality Standards Framework (ISO 17020, ISO 17025, ILAC-G19 and the Forensic Science Regulators Codes of Practice and Conduct).


Key Responsibilities

  • Under supervision, photograph exhibits bearing friction ridge detail using multi wavelength illumination techniques and assist Forensic Imaging Staff with the photography of friction ridge detail at crime scenes.
  • You will provide support and assistance in the development and implementation of method validation, verification ensuring all requirements are met, and risks identified.
  • Ensure the forensic imaging environment, equipment, stock levels and waste material are appropriately managed and maintained. Complete all appropriate checks including calibration and ensure an efficient and effective Forensic Imaging Unit service and compliance to all requirements.
  • Maintain all relevant databases and computer systems and provide administrative support in the handling and management of digital media, exhibits and case records to enable continuity and integrity to be maintained.
  • Act as a point of contact for customer queries and actively seek customer feedback on casework completed in order to allow the service levels to be evaluated and overall service delivery improved.
  • Provide advice, guidance, awareness and mentoring in relation to your area of forensic activity to internal and external personnel, to ensure they have a full understanding of the forensic process and procedures.
  • Work in compliance with the Quality Standard Framework and be expected to fully participate in audits, validation, peer review and the documenting and reviewing of standard operating procedures (SOPs), in order to ensure its continuous improvement and maintenance of accreditation.
  • Be responsible for the completion of Witness Statements in relation to your involvement in the forensic process and attend court to present evidence, recognising your overriding duty is to the court and the administration of justice.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Educated to A Level standard or equivalent in Photography/Digital Media or relevant experience in a Photography/Media environment is essential.
  • Knowledge of working with Laboratory/Imaging rules and protocols, including Health and Safety awareness and compliance such as COSHH.
  • A knowledge of forensic process and an understanding of accreditation requirements to ensure compliance with the Quality Standards Framework is desirable.
  • Continued professional development is expected through the maintenance of an active training file that documents all training received and evidence of ongoing competence. Additionally, the role holder is expected to keep abreast of technological developments, legislative changes and any changes to quality standards requirements pertinent to the role.
  • Have a methodical approach with attention to detail and an ability to work effectively under pressure to deliver within tight timescales.
  • Excellent communication, organisational, administrative and interpersonal skills are fundamental to the role.
  • Possess excellent IT skills.


In return for your commitment, you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • 32 days holiday including bank holidays (pro rata) – increasing with length of service
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • Continuous professional development
  • [Flexi-time scheme if applicable]
  • [Parking on-site if applicable]
  • City Centre location [if applicable]


Please note due to the volume of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the published closing date.

Guidance notes are attached; please ensure that you read these before completing your supporting evidence

Police Officers who have given notice that they are retiring within the next six month period can apply for Police Staff vacancies that are advertised externally. If successful the applicant must be in a position to commence on a date specified by the hiring manager.

Please base your evidence on the knowledge and experience on the attached Job Description Questionnaire utilising the competencies contained within the Competency Value Framework

Please click here to view the Competencies Values Framework

Equality Act 2010

Any candidate who has a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is required to inform us, in order to ensure that ‘reasonable adjustments’ can be made.  Our policy, at the stage of interview, is that we will ask all candidates whether we need to make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.  Under the Equality Act, a disabled person is someone with a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

Positive Action

Merseyside Police are proud to use Positive Action to redress the balance of under representation our team will offer advice, guidance and support throughout the recruitment process to candidates from under-represented groups.  For more information please refer to our Positive Action page https://www.merseyside.police.uk/police-forces/merseyside-police/areas/careers/join-us/positive-action-recruitment-team/


The closing date for this job has now passed.