Digital Support Officer | Suffolk Police

Full time (37 hours) – Permanent
£ 28,725 – £ 32,673 a year
Closing date: Friday January 14, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Please indicate the reference: L2221 on the request form

A fantastic opportunity presented itself for two digital support officers to join Suffolk Police. Working within the Crime Protection and Incident Management Command, successful incumbents will work alongside frontline detectives in Criminal Investigation Departments (CIDs) or Backup Investigation Units ( SIU) at Lowestoft.

These exciting new and modern roles were created in response to the proliferation of digital technology and its use and the trail of evidence it leaves behind in crime. Almost all crimes committed have a digital element and therefore the opportunities for exploiting digital evidence are plentiful and growing at an ever increasing rate.

A Digital Support Officer will be innovative, forward-thinking and detail-oriented, providing operational support and advice to detectives on a range of digital media opportunities and tactics. They will use technical knowledge and have access to specialized systems to identify, collate, analyze and present digital evidence and lead the creation and implementation of digital strategies for serious and complex investigations.

The incumbent will work in modern, diverse and dynamic environments where every day will bring a different set of challenges, playing a vital role in bringing our county’s most dangerous criminals to justice and protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities.

It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of digital investigative and intelligence techniques with the ability to provide specialist technical and analytical advice across a range of digital disciplines
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of a range of existing digital technologies and an ability to proactively research emerging technologies taking into account their impact on law enforcement
  • Proven ability to analyze and interpret complex information using creative problem solving skills to identify solutions ideally while meeting digital evidence requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation and influencing skills, with the ability to develop complex relationships and communicate effectively with a wide range of different audiences at all levels
  • Evidence of using own initiative to meet deadlines with a high level of flexibility, integrity and motivation
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and proactively manage workloads with the ability to prioritize competing demands with minimal supervision
  • Ability to travel in Suffolk

It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • An understanding of the law and procedures relating to the Investigative Powers Regulation Act 2000 (RIPA), the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and the Criminal Procedure Act 1996 and investigations (CPIA) and legislation relevant to the position.
  • Investigative skills and mindset with an understanding of investigative and prosecution processes.
  • Previous experience in an IT, digital or social media environment

Working hours are 37 hours per week on a 3 week rotation model with an obligation to work weekends and non-social hours.

The gendarmerie offers a number of advantages, including:

  • 24-day leave (increasing to 29 after 5 years of seniority) plus public holidays
  • Competitive pension plan
  • Right to request flexible work

Role Profile >> dso_advert_dec_2021_internal.pdf

It will be considered whether the position can be provided on a part-time or part-time basis, in accordance with the organizational requirements of this role.

The recruitment criteria for all positions are subject to reasonable adjustments in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Applications from at-risk personnel will be prioritized and favored in any selection process.

Anyone wishing to be considered for a nomination must upload an nomination package and a tracking form as they must be submitted together.

These forms along with the guidance notes for the application are also available on the right side of the page in the Downloads section.

Please return completed applications and CVs by email to [email protected]