Digital Forensic Unit Technician

North Wales Police
Police Staff
Crime Services
Digital Forensic Unit
St. Asaph Ssu
Scale 6
£26,865 - £28,725
Full Time

This is an outstanding opportunity to join the Digital Forensic Unit at North Wales Police as the Digital Forensic Technician. With a permanent contract on offer, we’re looking for an individual who has a genuine passion for technology, with an understanding of digital devices and operation systems and/or experience within an IT environment, to provide technical support order to give the Force an effective response to the investigation of all crimes that contain a digital footprint.


If this sounds like the role for you, read on to discover how you can join an organisation that will truly support your success in the workplace.


What does the Digital Forensic Technician role entail?


As a Digital Forensic Technician you’ll support officers investigating crime by providing evidence secured from computers, mobile phones and any other digital storage media, whilst assisting with any other technical elements to criminal investigations. Other duties will include, but not be limited to;


  • Supporting the Digital Forensic Unit (DFU) Investigators through the capture, retrieval, analysis, copying and presenting of electronic and evidence and undertake work on all types of digital storage devices; recording procedures undertaken (photograph or video).
  • Should any digital media exhibits be impracticable to seize and deliver to the Digital Forensic Unit (DFU) for investigation (e.g. business critical systems), there will be an expectation for the Technician to attend at the venue and resolve at scene.
  • Producing comprehensive and detailed reports relating to information recovered from computers, digital devices and the results of Internet based investigations. These reports must be presented in a format capable for use at Court.
  • Attending Court whenever necessary and present evidence in the capacity of a Digital Forensic Unit (DFU) Technician who has obtained the necessary accreditation in the forensic procedures and software used during the course of that investigation.
  • Post-conviction, be responsible for facilitating the destruction, forfeiture, disposal or recycling of all types of digital storage devices within the Digital Forensic Unit (DFU), ensuring this is documented in accordance with standard operating procedures.



What will I need to be considered for the Digital Forensic Technician role?


  • Educated to HNC or equivalent level in Computer Science, Forensic Computing, or related subject; or possess an equivalent amount of relevant proven experience.
  • Some experience in this area of business or equivalent (for example – experience in the private sector dealing with computer crime/security investigations, trading standards, immigration, banks, etc), and must be able to evidence through other work an ability to gather, analyse and process information with comprehensive reference to external sources in production of a final report
  • Proven decision-making and communication skills, with knowledge of different computer components and digital storage devices and ability to disassemble/assemble computer devices e.g. laptops, desktops.
  • Able to problem solve different and varied issues through innovative and creative thinking very often in areas without previous points of reference.
  • Able to effectively brief staff and represent the Force on matters relating to computers, networks, the internet and digital storage devices in relation to crime, and present complex data in a clear and precise manner to a diverse audience.
  • Thorough knowledge of DOS, Windows 95, 98, 7, 8, 10, ME, NT, 2000, Vista and XP, Unix/Linux, Apple Mac OSX operating systems, alongside an in-depth knowledge of computer networks.


The successful candidate will be supplied with a defined training plan, including external training and development opportunities to ensure excellence in delivering Digital Forensics. A pass certificate in Core Skills in Data Recovery (Police College), qualification is desirable; however there will be a requirement for any post holder to pass and maintain this qualification within the first year should they not have, and maintenance of on-going professional development and training courses.


Six monthly welfare screening is mandatory for this role due to the unpleasant and distressing nature of some of the material handled by the Digital Forensic Unit (DFU).


Due to the sensitive and secret nature of some aspects of this post, the post holder will be subject to Management vetting.


Please note the successful applicant(s) will be required to provide a 2 year commitment to this role.


In line with our Welsh Language Skills policy, we’re committed to being a bilingual organization. Prior to appointment, you’ll be required to demonstrate an attainment of Level 2 in spoken Welsh. This means that you can understand and pronounce Welsh place names and an ability to understand and use simple everyday phrases. You can find out more by visiting our Welsh Language Resources Page.


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How do I apply?


Please submit your application via the North Wales Police website, ensuring you provide details of your relevant previous experience for this role within the Supporting Statement in the Application Form.


Closing date: 03/03/2021


If you require any further information please contact the North Wales Police Recruitment Team:


This opportunity is closed to applications.