JOU RPU Police Staff Forensic Collision Investigator - HC26936

Roads Policing Unit
Aylesbury, Bicester, Three Mile Cross, Hampshire
Hampshire Pay Grade
Scale SO2, £31,875 - £33,732 per annum plus enhancements (14% shift allowance, 22.57 hours weekend working allowance, £304.67 standby allowance per month (2018 rates))
Full Time

Please Note:  This role is also advertised for Police Constable under HC27096

We are currently recruiting for Police Staff Roads Policing Unit Forensic Collision Investigators (FCI). The successful candidates will join a small team of investigators who provide specialist expertise in the investigation of serious and fatal road traffic collisions (as defined by the College of Policing APP guidance on ‘Investigating Road Deaths’).
Collision Investigators will also investigate serious injury and other complex and high profile collisions/incidents.
With the consent of the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC), the Professional Standards Department and under their line manager’s supervision, they will investigate fatal or serious injury police vehicle incidents that may occur within the JOU or another Force area.

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Additional Requirements

The post holder will live within a reasonable travelling distance of the place they wish to work from (for reasons of call out) The post holder needs to be aware that there may be a requirement to attend collisions anywhere within Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight police areas.

The post holder must be willing to support the department in working towards achieving the requirements of ISO 17020 and 17025 There is a requirement to work unsocial hours and at weekends (enhancements will be paid). There is a further requirement to respond to emergency call-outs out of hours (appropriate rates will be paid). The post involves working outdoors and there is a requirement to wear a uniform or overalls which will be provided.
The post holder must hold a full Category ‘B’ UK Driving Licence. The post holder must meet the minimum eyesight requirements as specified by the Driver Training Eyesight Policy. The post holder must hold the Police Advanced Car Driver Qualification, or attain this within 2 years of joining the unit. The post holder will be required to attend out of force residential training as part of their initial and ongoing training. The post holder is required to hold, or successfully pass, the UCPD in Forensic Road Collision Investigation Part I & II (or equivalent) within 2 years of joining the unit.

There is a requirement to attain the Certificate in Higher Education in Forensic Collision and potentially a BSc (Hons) in this discipline The post holders may be required to undertake additional training as specified by the Senior Forensic Collision Investigator.

There is a requirement to attend post mortems as directed by the Lead Investigator /Unit Supervisor.  

Job Purpose

Key Accountabilities

1. To attend and gather evidence at the following types of incidents/scene - - Fatal or potential fatal traffic collisions. - Complex or serious collisions where significant and essential information is likely to be gained from attending the scene in order to assist the investigation. - Collisions involving an allegation of poor driving where an examination of the scene will assist in clarifying the situation. - Police Vehicle Incidents (PVI’s) which fall into the above categories or are, in any way, contentious. 2. To collect, study and analyse evidence present at collision scenes and, if necessary, undertake additional testing/reconstructions and relevant mathematical calculations in support of observations. 3. To prepare an accurate scene examination and other salient features of traffic collisions. 4. To produce clear, accurate scale plans of collision sites using specialist electronic survey equipment and specialised computer software.

5. To prepare scale drawings and 3D animations of crime scenes as requested.

6. To compile comprehensive forensic collision investigation reports using a range of skills to determine the cause of the collision.

7. To act as an Expert Witness and present your findings at Magistrates, Crown or Civil court and at Coroner’s Inquests.

8. To undertake examinations on a variety of vehicle types and maintain a good level of automotive technical knowledge. 9. To acquire and maintain a good working knowledge of the operation of Large Goods Vehicle digital and analogue tachographs and have an understanding of the legislation relating to drivers’ hours.

10. To ensure that the equipment and vehicles supplied to the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit are maintained in a safe and useable condition. 11. To give talks and presentations on the collision investigation function to groups from a variety of backgrounds. 12. To act as a tutor to officers on attachment to the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit.

Essential Qualifications

Educated to QCF Level 4 or experience deemed to bring the role to a comparable level.  

Essential Experience

To be able to demonstrate a good level of Maths, Literacy, Physics and ICT skills (minimum GCSE Pass or equivalent). To have experience or an interest in a roads policing/law enforcement environment. Proven communication skills, both verbal and written.  

Competencies and Personal Qualities

We are Emotionally Aware Level 1  

We Take Ownership Level 1  

We are collaborative Level 1

We Deliver, Support and Inspire Level 1

We Analyse Critically Level 2

We are Innovative and Open Minded Level 1


Candidate Guidance for Completing Application Forms


In order to ensure suitability, prospective candidates will therefore be required to undertake a number of initial screening tests in respect of numeracy, literacy, physics and ICT skills as part of the recruitment test.

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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.

Thames Valley Police serves diverse communities; to truly reflect this, we are keen to recruit people from Black, Asian and other minority backgrounds. We value the knowledge and experiences that individuals bring from different cultures and welcome any contributions that can enhance the services we deliver to the public.

We believe in investing in all of our people, and run tailored Positive Action Initiatives to support our colleagues from underrepresented backgrounds in their personal and professional development, ensuring everyone has a level playing field to succeed, progress and feel fulfilled in their careers.

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