Senior Digital Forensic Investigator

Vacancy Type
Police Staff
Area Command / Department
Forensic Services
Contract Type
Full Time
Salary Range
£39,267 - £45,546
Closing Date


Job title: Senior Digital Forensic Investigator JRN20627

Salary: Band 9 £39,267 – £45,546

Location: Byker

Hours/Contract: Full-time, Permanent


We have 2 positions available for this role.


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. You can also expect first-rate support to manage your health and wellbeing. With year-round events, a 24/7 welfare support hotline and a leading approach to neurodiversity, our initiatives enable you to be at your best.  


Learn about our full benefits package 


The Role

Our Digital Forensic Unit is responsible for extracting and analysing data from more than 2,000 electronic devices each year, securing evidence for some of the North East’s most high-profile court cases. Not an easy feat, so we’re looking to grow our team to help us on our journey to become an Outstanding Police Force.


This is a fantastic time to join us as a Senior Digital Forensic Investigator. You’ll direct and support your team of 8 staff, ensuring all types of crime are investigated thoroughly and provide them with technical expertise and assistance. This is an extremely rewarding role where you’ll play an important part in keeping people safe whilst adhering to quality standards, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice and Conduct.


What you’ll do


  •  Manage, motivate, and develop your team, ensuring they have the right knowledge, skills, and standards to deliver exceptional results.

  • Act as primary point of contact for issues and concerns that arise within the unit.

  • Provide specialist technical and professional advice and guidance to colleagues, other departments, and partners.

  •  Review digital forensic submissions, authorising or rejecting submissions, allocating work, and managing ongoing examinations.

  •  Resolve any issues relating to investigations, including liaison with Officers in Charge / Senior Investigating Officers and management of Crown Prosecuting Service actions and Judicial Orders.

  •  Attend strategy meetings to determine investigative requirements, providing advice and support to guide investigations.

  •  Cascade knowledge to officers during awareness/CPD events to increase forensic knowledge throughout the organisation.

  •  Actively participate and coordinate the continuous development of relevant systems and projects.

  • Use, develop and maintain key service delivery systems, databases and infrastructure critical to digital forensic investigations using forensically safe techniques and in accordance with national guidelines and ISO accreditation standards.

  •  Review and categorise indecent images for inclusion in the National Child Abuse Image Database to support victim identification and investigations.

  •  Present fact and procedural based evidence at Court and attend Case Conferences with the CPS.

  •  Attend crime scenes, search premises, secure evidence from digital equipment, providing technical expertise and guidance.


What you’ll bring 


It is essential that you have previous working experience in a digital forensic investigation role.


  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent level academic qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. computer science, digital forensic investigation, policing/investigation) or significant experience in a related field.

  •  You must have current and extensive knowledge of digital forensic tools and techniques for all digital devices.

  •  The ability to plan and prioritise effectively as well as the organisation skills to allocate tasks to others.

  •  Strong accuracy and attention to detail when recording and relaying information.

  •  Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to think critically when gathering information.

  •  The ability to work well within a team.

  •  Demonstrate experience in writing detailed reports to describe technical matters to a non-technical audience.

Please be aware that you will be exposed to police reports, intelligence, and photographic material of a disturbing nature as part of this role. You will need to have the physical and emotional resilience to deal with material of a distressing and upsetting nature.


You can view the role profile here


We are holding an information event on Friday 12th July from 1230 – 1330. If you would like to attend please sign up here and you will receive the link shortly before the event. 


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

  •  Enhanced maternity, shared parental and adoption leave

  •  Flexi time – allowing you to fit your working hours around your individual needs

  •  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 Senior Digital Forensic Unit Investigator with #TeamNP. To help support your application research what makes us tick here at Northumbria, the role you’re applying for and the values and behaviours that contribute.  


Our Vision and Values are driven by our purpose to Keep People Safe and Fight Crime. We’d like to understand more about your values, and how your skills and experience align with the role so in order to ensure we get the best out of your application we would recommend avoiding the use of Artificial Intelligence such as Chat GPT.


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 Management Vetting (MV) form, therefore you must be a resident of the UK for a minimum period of 5 years to ensure vetting checks can be successfully performed.  A job offer will be dependent upon vetting clearance, medical information, and references.


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 six-month probation period with us where you will be unable to apply for any other post advertised internally or externally. 


We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible. 

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