Serious Road Collision Investigation Officer

200000FV Requisition #

Grade: Band D Lower

Salary: £29,064 to £35,481

Closing Date:  7th October 2020 

About the role:

To provide expert assistance at the scene of fatal and life threatening road collisions and support the force with an expert Forensic Collision Investigation Service.  To provide a full technical examination and expert report on any type of vehicle.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Engage with and implement departmental procedures in line with the requirements Forensic Science Regulator Codes of Practice and Conduct and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 17020 standards to provide a quality service through accreditation.
  • Record and map the scene of fatal and life threatening road collisions using a variety of methods and equipment to prepare evidential scale plans and other visual representations.
  • Conduct examinations of a range of vehicle types as part of investigations to collisions to aid the reconstruction and investigations into collisions.
  • Ensure the thorough and meticulous collection, preservation and interpretation of the scene and other evidence including vehicle defects and telematics data to report on the circumstances of the collision.
  • Provide expert evidence and opinion to the investigation team and the Courts, whilst ensuring that at all times you remain within your competence and expertise, in order to provide a professional and unbiased account.
  • Identify if additional resources and/or specialist knowledge is required to assist with the forensic examination and/or reconstruction should the level of expertise required exceed your own in order to inform effective decision making.
  • Produce reconstruction reports by applying correct scientific principles and ensuring conclusions reached are valid and supported by the available evidence.
  • Assist other team members with investigations and peer review findings to ensure the accuracy and quality of evidence is maintained.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Mandatory to achieve BSc in Forensic Collision investigation – consisting of  UCPD and Cert HE, foundation degree and full BSc over approximately 6 years.
  • Achieve an appropriate qualification in the field of forensic automotive engineering.
  • Must hold a full UK driving licence to a minimum of category B and be prepared to undertake vocational licences in categories A, C, C+E and D as required.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of motor vehicle technology.
  • Excellent working knowledge of modern motor technology, equipment and products.
  • Must hold maths and physics qualifications to at least GCSE grade C or equivalent
  • Sound collision investigation experience
  • UCPD in Forensic Collision Investigation
  • Cert HE in Forensic Collision Investigation
  • Experience of maintaining and testing a wide range of electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Educated to Level 4 City & Guilds or BTEC/HND/HNC equivalent in vehicle mechanics.
  • Understanding of ISO 17020 accreditation or similar

  • Good communication skills with the ability to listen to accordance with the varied needs of differing situations, individuals, groups, and communities.
  • Able to produce concise reports or other documents.
  • Skilled in the use of standard IT packages, systems and/or databases to fulfil role requirements, including creating visual records for forensic investigations.
  • Able to use resources efficiently in own role and to comply with financial rules and procedures.
  • Able to identify potential opportunities to enhance efficiency and/or effectiveness within own area of work.
  • Able to break down a straightforward problem into component parts and determine appropriate action.
  • Able to review own performance objectively and to develop and follow an appropriate continuous improvement plan.
  • Able to appropriately prioritise and plan own work.
  • Able to identify potential new ways of working and innovation where appropriate and possible to enhance efficiency and/or effectiveness within own area of work.
  • Attain membership of a professional organisation recognised by Institute of Motor Industries or an institution registered with the Engineering Council.
  • Chartered Society of Forensic Science or ITAI
  • Experience in presenting evidence in court and at other hearings.
Hours of Work and Flexibility
  • 24/7 cover including weekends and bank holidays
  • Agile Work Style: (if applicable)
  • Will be based at Central Motorway Policing Group, Perry Barr.
Additional Information
  • Must hold full driving licence and be able to cover a 24/7 rota and on call
  • Must be able to attend residential course as and when required to fulfil mandatory training.
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.

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