Crime Scene Investigator

Vacancy Type
Police Staff
Area Command / Department
Forensic Services
Contract Type
Reduced Hours
Salary Range
£26,280 - £27,351
Closing Date


Job title: Crime Scene Investigator JRN20464

Salary: Graded Role – Band 5 – 7 depending on experience, £26,280 – £32,772 (pro rata)

Location: Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend

Hours/Contract: Part Time, 18.5 hours, Permanent


The role will be predominantly working shifts between 7am and midnight, covering 7 days a week, including some on call cover.

Working for #TeamNP

Our purpose at Team NP is simple: to keep people safe and to fight crime. But it takes more than officers alone to do the job – and that’s where our 2,000-strong team of police staff and 200 volunteers come in.

As one of the largest police forces in England we have a huge variety of departments and specialisms offering you endless opportunities. From mentoring and coaching schemes and online soft skills courses to leadership development programmes; we’ll give you the support, training and time to carve out the career you always wanted.

Learn about our full benefits package


Our Forensic Services team provide essential forensic support to all investigations, relying on the skill and teamwork of all our professional practitioners.

We’ve got an exciting opportunity to join our Crime Scene Investigation Unit as a Crime Scene Investigator where you’ll play a key part in evidence gathering to support our investigations and help bring offenders to justice.

This is an extremely important role in our Force, where you’ll gather, preserve, and record evidence vital to the successful outcome of investigations. You’ll be working with a team that are driven to achieve outstanding results, whilst ensuring compliance with force policy, accreditation, and legislation.

What you’ll do

  • Provide specialist forensic advice to Investigating Officers, ensuring forensic opportunities are maximised.

  • Deploy the most appropriate crime scene examination strategy in line with force procedures, including anti-contamination considerations, and dynamic risk assessments.

  • Process crime scenes using validated methods and digitally record the scene using specialist approved techniques, ensuring the integrity and continuity of evidence.

  • Identify and submit for specialist analysis where required ensuring paperwork complies with Force Policy, International Organisation of Standardisation (17020/17025) accreditation and other appropriate legislation (e.g. Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, Protection of Freedoms Act 2012).

  • Attend post-mortems, taking possession of samples and photographing matter relating to the body of the Deceased.

  • Produce reports for criminal justice use, producing professional evidential testimony in court.

  • Comply with applicable health and safety policies, procedures, legislation, and regulations.

  • Assist with the development, implementation and maintenance of forensic quality standards and procedures in line with compliance to the Forensic Science Regulator Code of Practice, International Organisation of Standardisation and forensic regulations under any other governing bodies. Undertake a range of duties to validate techniques, procedures and equipment utilised by operational staff to recover evidence.

  • Maintain and develop continued personal professional development in changing forensic processes.

  • Undertake designated operational functions in line with associated powers conferred by the Chief Constable under the Police Reform Act 2002 (as amended by the Policing and Crime Act 2017).

  • Provide advice and guidance to internal and external stakeholders in relation to the quality standards of seizure and packaging of forensic evidence. 


Sound interesting? For further information, and to support your application, please view the job description.


What you’ll bring 


  •  Undergraduate degree or equivalent academic qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. forensic science, crime scene science, policing/investigation) or completion of an accredited/ recognised vocational crime scene investigation training programme; or at least three years operational policing/criminal investigation experience.

  •  Excellent planning and organisation skills.

  •  Strong ability to gather information and problem solve.

  •  The ability to communicate with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

  • The confidence to adapt your communication and explain complex forensic concepts to a wide variety of audiences.

  •  Current Full UK Driving licence.


Career graded progression between grade pay points for post holders will be managed through the career-grade framework for Crime Scene Investigators. For more information, and to hear more about the role, please contact


We know it’s important for you to feel that you’re not only part of a great team, but part of a community. We welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.  


Harnessing these differences creates a productive environment in which everyone feels valued, and their talents are fully utilised. Appointments are based on merit alone. 


What we offer


  •  26 days’ leave (increasing to 30 days for 5 years+ service) plus 8 bank holidays (pro rata)

  •  Enhanced maternity, shared parental and adoption leave

  •  Fantastic market-leading public sector pension scheme with up to 16% employer contribution

  •  Corporate travel schemes – local rail, bus services and metro discounts

  •  Access to private healthcare and eye test vouchers

  •  Discounts on shopping and eating out thanks to the Blue Light Card and Blue Light Tickets

  •  We’ve invested in extensive paid sick leave, trained mental health first aiders on-site, an employee advice service for the times you need that additional support.

  • Access to gyms in some stations 

  •  Sports & Social Club – join our thriving sports scene at Team NP and enjoy further exclusive discounts on days out and travel

  • Cycle to work scheme 

Just so you know 


Our application form will help us understand how your work, education and life experience has prepared you for the role of a Crime Scene Investigator with #TeamNP. To help support your application research the role you’re applying for and the values and behaviours that contribute.  


Just so you know, you can save your application and come back to it any time prior to the closing date on the advert.  


We are proud members of the Business Disability Forum, with whom we collaborate with to improve the lives of disabled employees. We are also a Disability Confident Leader, therefore if you demonstrate that you meet the minimum criteria for this role as stated in the advert, we will progress your application and offer you an interview. 


If you tell us that you have a disability, we can make adjustments to support you through the recruitment process (for example we can arrange extra time for tests or provide a sign language interpreter) You can get in touch with us via for any support regarding the application process. Please provide us with plenty of notice so we can ensure your visit goes smoothly.  If your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a Recruitment Vetting (RV) form, therefore you must be a resident of the UK for a minimum period of 3 years to ensure vetting checks can be successfully performed.  A job offer will be dependent upon vetting clearance and medical information.


Terms of appointment 


This is a permanent role subject to a six-month probationary period


If you are successful in your application, you will have a 6 month probation period with us where you will be unable to apply for any other post advertised internally or externally 


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