Cheshire Constabulary’s Forensic Investigations department specialises in multiple forensic disciplines including; Forensic Collision Investigations, CSI, Fingerprints, Footwear Marks, FEL, TERF, eForensics and Forensic Services; and currently has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Forensic Collision Investigator (FCI) to join our dynamic team as an FCI ISO Technical Lead. This 12 month FTC position is well suited to an individual that is looking for a challenge in their career and would like to help shape the future of the FCI marketplace through quality advancements and compliance to ISO 17020, ILAC G19 and the FSR’s Codes of Practice.
Based within Forensic Investigations; with interactions between Forensic Collision Investigations, Forensic Quality Management Team, and Northwest Regional Validation Project Team; you will work collaboratively between all areas to lead the Cheshire FCI’s work steam to gain the required ISO 17020 accreditation through validating methods and creating processes and procedures within the FCI team.
- Produce standard operating procedures which comply with ISO17020 and FSR code of practice and conduct including the validation and verification of equipment and processes.
- To represent Cheshire Police in the Regional Validation Group and feed into the National FCI Validation Group, ensuring all validated methods are verified for use within Cheshire Constabulary.
- Responsible for conducting both management and technical audits in line with an annual auditing schedule produced by the Quality Team; compliant with the Regulator’s Codes and ISO 17020.
- Adopt responsibility for security and retention of data in consultation with the Heads of Information & Technology (IT) and Information Standards & Compliance (IS&C).
- Create and test business continuity plans and service level agreements in conjunction with the Head of Unit/ and Quality Manager.
- Contribute to the Quality Manual and Quality Management Systems in conjunction with the Forensics’ Investigation Quality Team.
- Work alongside the Quality Manager to identify root causes and resolve non-conformances identified during an audit or normal working practice.
- Work with the Quality Manager to train and mentor internal auditors and assist in establishing a comprehensive audit programme.
- Peer review FCIU final investigative reports prior to circulation of report to ensure compliance.
- Provide advice and support to FCIU staff regarding ISO ensuring they are aware of and understand any changes to ensure the team are compliant.
- Complete staff competency assessments feeding back on improvements required and deliver training.
NB: This post is subject to an enhanced level of vetting which must be satisfied before appointment. Additionally the successful candidate will be required to provide DNA and Fingerprint Elimination Samples for anti contamination purposes.
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Educated to Level 4 City & Guilds or BTEC HND/HNC and/or equivalent relevant qualification and/or proven relevant experience.
Significant experience as a Practitioner Forensic Collision Investigator (Examiner).
To have a proven ability to prepare technical reports, with significant experience in questioning and interpreting information to convey technical principals by assessment if necessary,
Some experience of influencing and implementing changes to process in a technical environment.