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					                  WEST MIDLANDS POLICE

                         JOB DESCRIPTION

 OCU/DEPARTMENT                               POST NUMBER:
 CRIME SUPPORT                                C1402PG004
 SECTION:                                     POST TITLE:
 HI TECH CRIME TEAM                           Hi Tech Crime Officer
 GRADE:                                       DATE:
 Detective Constable                          JUNE 2008


1.    JOB PURPOSE

      To provide specialist advice and assistance to investigating officers where
      computers/computer networks and digital data storage devices have been used in
      crime.

      To forensically examine computers and all connected digital media and provide
      specialist evidence at court of this examination.

2.    MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

      a)    To provide specialist advice regarding all aspects of computer forensic
            examination, to specialist departments and investigators.

      b)    To be responsible for carrying out forensic examination of computers and
            digital storage devices to provide relevant copies and explanations of data
            recovered, in line with ACPO Good Practice for Computer Based Evidence.

      c)    To provide specialist evidence of all processes undertaken and give
            evidence at court where required.

      d)    To meet expert defence witnesses in order to prove the validity of the
            forensic methodology used by the unit.

      e)    To provide practical assistance on how to store and prepare computers for
            forensic examination.

      f)    To be responsible for keeping the unit up to date with changes in technology
            and case law, developing best practice and disseminating it accordingly.

      g)    To research and test new products and techniques against increasingly
            powerful and complex machines and media.


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     h)      To be responsible for delivering training on Hi-Tech issues.

     i)      To administer an archiving system that allows safe and secure storage of all
             media, while allowing easy access to authorised personnel.

     j)      To specify and identify equipment that provides the necessary capability to
             efficiently undertake the work required.


     k)      To carry out any duties commensurate with the purpose of the post that may
             from time to time be determined.


3.   QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

     Essential Requirements

     i)      Proven decision-making and communication skills.

     ii)     Able to problem solve different and varied issues through innovative and
             creative thinking very often in areas without previous points of reference.

     iii)    Able to effectively brief senior staff and represent the Force on matters
             relating to computers, networks, the internet and digital storage devices in
             relation to crime.

     iv)     Possess a sound understanding of legal and evidence issues in relation to
             crime investigation, in particular laws of evidence admissibility and
             disclosure.

     v)      Be skilled in analytical processes.

     vi)     Possess a thorough applied knowledge of forensic investigative techniques.

     vii)    Be experienced in the preparation of complex reports and statements of
             evidence.

     viii)   Be fully conversant with the ACPO guidelines on computer evidence.

     ix)     Possess a thorough working knowledge of computer devices and
             peripherals, DOS and Windows operating systems, network technology and
             in particular, the Internet.




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     Desirable Requirements

     i)         Possess a good understanding of computer legislation.

     ii)        Possess a degree in a relevant scientific subject

     iii)       Possess a working knowledge of operating systems such as Unix, Solaris,
                Linux, Novel and Apple.

     iv)        Possess a working knowledge of TCP/IP technology, with particular
                reference to computer network/internet vulnerability and hacking techniques.

     v)         Working knowledge of scripting and computer programming.

     vi)        Experience of dealing with CPS, Counsel and the Criminal Courts in matters
                relating to computer based evidence.

     vii)       Have attended and passed an accredited training course concerning
                computer based evidence.

     viii)      Understanding of EnCase V6.



4.   SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

     Mentor and assess new members of staff to the Department.
     Mentor and support area Hi-tech Reps where designated.

5.   SUPERVISION RECEIVED

     Supervised by the Detective Sergeant, Hi-Tech Crime Team.

6.   CONTACTS OUTSIDE OWN SECTION

     Police Officers, Police Staff, other forces, outside agencies and OCU’s.

7.   SPECIAL CONDITIONS

            Must be prepared to handle materials that may be offensive and distressing.
            Appointments to this post are subject to specific medical clearance.
            Confidentiality and trust are very important in this post and must be maintained
             at all times.
            The post holder may be required, from time to time, to work outside of office
             hours at week-ends or bank holidays.




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The Authority reserves the right to vary the duties and responsibilities of
staff under conditions prescribed in National Agreement. Thus, it must be
appreciated that the above duties may be altered as the future changing
needs of the service may require. In addition, members of staff are liable to
serve at any of the Authority’s places of employment as may be required.



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