Fingerprint Laboratory Officer (Two Posts)

Forensic Investigation Unit, Fingerprint Development Laboratory
TVP Broad Band 3F
Band 3F, circa £26,753 per annum, plus 12.5% shift allowance and 5% on call allowance, plus benefits
Full Time - All roles are available for flexible working including job sharing and part-time unless there are legitimate operational / business reasons why this cannot be accommodated
Permanent/Fixed Term Contract

Two full time posts – one permanent and one fixed term contract for 12 months from start date.

Thames Valley Police is the largest non-metropolitan Force in England and Wales, covering the counties of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire and serving a population of in excess of 2 million. Thames Valley polices the large towns of Reading, Slough and Milton Keynes as well as the historic city of Oxford. Forensic Services are a vital resource to the force and the current commitment for investment and transformation in this field is testament to this. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Forensic Investigation Unit (FIU) as a Fingerprint Laboratory Officer.  You will be working as part of a team within the Analytical Forensic Services portfolio to carry out forensic examinations, using specialist techniques to reveal and record fingerprint detail, to support the investigation of crime. 

In this role you will apply cutting-edge forensic methods to reveal, enhance and record fingerprint details from evidential exhibits, ensuring compliance with relevant standards and regulatory requirements. This includes the preparation of evidential statements and attendance at court as required within the Criminal Justice System.   You will also provide specialist advice and information to Police Officers and FIU staff in other disciplines. 

In order to excel in this role, you must have a good standard of education including proven skills in literacy and logical thinking, along with the ability to report on your professional findings both verbally and in writing.  It is also essential that you possess good analytical skills to be able to examine and record fine detail whilst applying a methodical approach and working in a logical sequence. We welcome applications from both experienced Fingerprint practitioners and those seeking a new career pathway. 

The hours are:-

Main shift 08:00-16:00 Monday to Friday

Weekend Working and on-call 0800-1600 (1 week in 4)

Week day late shifts and on-call 1500-2300 (1 week in 4) 

Capability to travel across the Force is required in order to undertake assignments in a timely manner, respond to call outs, attend crime scenes and to work flexibly.  Due to unsocial hours and personal safety for lone working public transport may not be suitable.  For this reason a full driving licence is considered essential for this role. 

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake the established psychological screening process.  

Along with all other posts in Force Crime, Intelligence and Specialist Operations Departments, this role will require an enhanced level of vetting.  

As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 24 days annual leave per annum, pro-rata for part time (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, a wide range of lifestyle discounts, career development opportunities and have the option to join a local government pension scheme. To view a full list of our benefits, please click the below link. 

If you have any queries please contact the Recruitment Team at quoting reference 19754. We will endeavour to respond to your query as quickly as possible. 

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The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 4th December 2022.

Thames Valley Police is a local organisation. Our legitimacy and connection to our communities benefits from a workforce employed mainly from the Thames Valley and surrounding areas. We value the unique and vital importance of face-to-face working, while acknowledging the benefits of appropriate remote working, to productivity, diversity, wellbeing and the environment. In every decision about working practices, public service and performance will always be the uppermost considerations.

To ensure fairness, the entitlement to remote working for our people will be agreed on a role-by-role basis. The feasibility of this may vary by function, team and department according to the nature of the work, the impact on public service and the relevant employment market. We value the diversity of our workforce and individual need will be appropriately considered.

We expect staff and officers in all roles to have some regular face-to-face contact with each other, including working from the workplace. Many operational roles will continue to require full-time working from our estate and in the field. There will remain an expectation for individuals to attend the workplace as required for their role and as determined by their line manager and the organisation.


Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here


All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.  

Within our organisation we have a number of active staff support networks.  We are proud to be a ‘Disability Confident’ Level 3 ‘Employer’ that is supported by RAMP – our dedicated reasonable adjustments process.   For more information, please visit our ‘Supporting You’ page on our website,

We are also proud to have a Positive Action and Engagement team who can provide support and guidance to anyone from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic background throughout the Police Officer recruitment process as well as advise on career development and progression.  They can be contacted via:  

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This opportunity is closed to applications.