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Digital Field Officer, Forensic Services

Contract Type
Public Sector
Bristol, London, Tamworth, Warrington
£26,536 - £32,000 + London Weighting Allowance of £3,258
Expiry Date
We are at the forefront of Law enforcement in the UK and we look for a wide variety of skills and experience to protect the public.

Job Description

Whatever your role you will have a vital part to play. Our role is to protect the public from the most serious criminal threats. 

We are currently looking to recruit Grade 5 Digital Field Officer to join our Digital Forensics Team in either Bristol, London, Warrington or Tamworth. 

The role holder will work on a variety of high end cases including OCG investigations, complex fraud and corruption, child exploitation and cyber-crime. 

To be successful in this role you will be able to work both within an ISO-accredited laboratory environment and at scene to extract, process and analyse data stored within digital devices. 

You will be capable of advising Senior Investigating Officers on digital forensic strategy. You must also be able to travel within the UK and abroad to represent the NCA. 

The successful candidate will be required to: 

  • Provide a specialist capability to extract, process and analyse data from a wide range of digital devices (computers, phones, servers, etc.) and Operating Systems (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, iOS, Android, etc.). 
  • Attend scenes to provide specialist advice and conduct on-site examinations and data recovery where necessary. 
  • Conduct digital forensic examinations in accordance with relevant legislation, best practice guidance, international accreditation standards and NCA policies. 
  • Ensure the integrity and continuity of items by following the correct handling, storage and documentation requirements. 
  • Build working relationships with internal and external partners and industry to support and enhance technical capability. 

You may be expected to work directly or indirectly in tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse. 

This may involve exposure to child sexual abuse material. You should consider the sensitive nature of the work before deciding to apply. 

All officers working on or supporting this type of operational activity will undergo a psychological assessment on taking up the role and at regular intervals once in post. 

By applying for this role you are confirming that you are willing to work on child sexual exploitation and abuse operations. 

To be considered, you will need to be able to successfully complete SC Enhanced clearance upon entry. 

You may also be required to undertake a mandatory pre-employment substance misuse test and achieve a satisfactory result. 

Experience Criteria 

You will be required to supply evidence of: 

  • Proven experience in conducting digital forensic examinations within a laboratory environment and/or at scene. 
  • Experience working to tight deadlines and work prioritisation in a dynamic environment. 
  • Experience applying interpersonal skills (to include written and verbal communication) within your professional work. 


  • College of Policing Core Skills in Mobile Phone forensics (or equivalent Vendor specific training courses e.g MSAB, Cellebrite). 
  • College of Policing Core Skills in Data Recovery & Analysis (or equivalent Computer forensic foundation course (Shrivenham). 
  • ISO 17025/17020 awareness. 


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • National Insurance Number - Required for monitoring purposes only
  • A solid understanding of digital forensic working practices, including the ability to use digital forensic hardware and software (for example, Encase, FTK, X-Ways, Nuix, XRY, UFED, AXIOM and Griffeye Analyze) competently;
  • Ability to disassemble and assemble digital devices (such as computers, laptops, mobile phones and tablets);
  • A good understanding of relevant legislation (UK and international law) affecting NCA activity with a particular emphasis on legislation affecting digital evidence; and
  • Ability to analyse/interpret information from a wide range of sources.