Fingerprint Training Specialist - Forensic

Force Crime, Forensic Investigations
TVP Broad Band 4I
Band 4I, circa £42,213 to £43,518 per annum (dependent on experience), 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

Thames Valley Police (TVP) is making a significant, multi-year investment in our Forensic Services and is transforming our wide array of forensic disciplines to create a forward-looking service, which delivers proportionate, timely outcomes that support effective crime investigation for TVP and other external organisations. Our investment includes developing our people, making best use of technology and creating a Centre of Excellence for the future: 

New state-of-the-art forensics centre planned for Thames Valley – TVP Careers 

As part of this transformation, an exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Forensic Investigation Unit (FIU) as a Fingerprint Training Specialist. Reporting to the Fingerprint Bureau Manager, you will design, deliver and update technical training, CPD workshops and competency assessments within the Fingerprint discipline, ensuring that the Force is compliant with regulatory and accreditation requirements, supporting the legitimacy of fingerprint evidence into the Criminal Justice System. 

In this unique role, you will have influence over the training pathway of Trainee Fingerprint Identification Officers, directly support the ongoing competence of experienced Fingerprint Experts and support professional development of laboratory and crime scene colleagues. The role forms part of the Fingerprint Bureau management team, where the post-holder will work alongside the Fingerprint Support Team Leader and Fingerprint Team Supervisors to maintain resilience and leadership visibility. 

In the pursuit of innovation and continuous improvement, this role is integral to ensuring our fingerprint services are fit for modern policing, and will work closely with quality leads and training partners across a range of Forensic Science disciplines making best use of technology and collaborative opportunities. The ideal candidate will be a qualified Fingerprint Reporting Officer or Fingerprint Expert with experience of training others, able to demonstrate and maintain technical competence and knowledge as a subject matter expert. For this reason, post-holders are expected to spend a portion of their time on operational activities to maintain that competence. 

Post holders will be expected to undertake the established psychological screening process. Along with all other posts in Crime and Criminal Justice Departments, this role will require an enhanced level of vetting. 

Capability to travel across the Force is required in order to undertake assignments in a timely manner and work flexibly. For this reason a full driving licence is considered essential for this role. 

As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 30 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. 

To apply for this post please attach a cover letter of no more than one page and a CV of no more than 2 pages.  NOTE: CV’s will not be accepted without a cover letter or if the CV is more than 2 pages long.  

If you have any queries please contact the Recruitment Team at quoting reference 21188. We will endeavour to respond to your query as quickly as possible. 

The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 3rd March 2024. 

Find out more about TVP Forensics here. 


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Working Smart.  You will be joining an organisation that strives to improve every day.  In the post-pandemic era this means changing the way we work and deliver our services, which brings a number of benefits including a more flexible and capable workforce. 

Supporting You.  Your wellbeing and safety is at the heart of all we do.  Whilst you are doing the work that matters, we’ll be supporting you via a wide range of Wellbeing services, partnerships and initiatives.  We have a number of active staff support networks and buddy schemes which you will have access to and can be involved with.  We also offer a comprehensive range of benefits and discount schemes, some provided directly by the organisation and others via partnerships including Blue Light card.  Learn more about how we will be Supporting You.

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Vetting.  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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.