Head of Forensic Accreditation and Standards

Forensic Investigation Unit (FIU)
Kidlington /Home Address (Hybrid)
TVP Broad Band 5L
Band 5L, circa £61,161 per annum, 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 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. The force’s forward looking approach has enabled the in-sourcing of a wide array of forensic disciplines and crime scene investigation, for which the force holds a wide array of accreditation. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Forensic Investigation Unit (FIU) senior leadership team as the Head of Forensic Accreditation and Standards.  You will be responsible for delivering and maintaining compliance to forensic accreditation and standards in line with the Forensic Science Regulators Act 2021. This role has strategic oversight for a portfolio of work and advises the Head of Forensic Services in relation to the threats and risks associated with the implementation and maintenance of forensic accreditation and regulation across TVP and host force services. As the key decision maker, you will drive forward continuous improvement initiatives, design and implement an operational performance management framework that supports both strategic and operational decision making and lead on the provision of a highly efficient and innovative forensic training capability across the FIU and wider TVP. 

The successful candidate will have substantial experience in a senior management role with the ability to discern risks, solve problems and make effective decisions.  Outstanding leadership skills are required including coaching and mentoring skills as well as effective finance, health and safety and performance management skills.  Excellent communication and presentation skills are needed with effective interpersonal skills and the ability to build good business relationships.  The ability to understand technical details and translate it into strategic oversight of risks, strategies or development and innovation opportunities for the portfolio is required. 

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. 

Interviews are provisionally booked for 14th December. 

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. 

If you have any queries please contact the Recruitment Team at RecruitmentPoliceStaff@thamesvalley.police.uk quoting reference 19730. 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, www.tvpcareers.co.uk/supporting-you.

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: positiveactionteam@thamesvalley.police.uk  

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This opportunity is closed to applications.