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G3 Expert Evidence Manager

Location

Belfast, Birmingham, Bridgend, Bristol, Chorley, Crawley, Dover, Exeter, Fareham, Gartcosh, Gillingham (Kent), London, Normanton, Nottingham, Sheffield, Slough, St Neots, Stevenage, Sunderland, Warrington

About the job

Summary

Within Investigations, National Investigative Capabilities provides a range of specialist support to serious crime and major crime investigations.

The Expert Evidence Team sits within National Investigative Capabilities and provides tactical advice to NCA and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) regarding drugs and firearms investigations together with the provision of expert evidence relating to how Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) operate; particularly relating to their use of communications, transportation and means of masking their activities, movements and assets.

The team also provides training to both NCA and partners, subject matter support and training to internal and external partners including UK Government; Home Office; Intelligence Services, Forensic partners; Initial Operational Training Programme (IOTP); Intelligence Hub; Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and Operational teams.

Job description

• To provide strategic and resilient advice and consultancy to the Agency as well as domestic and overseas law enforcement partners regarding the robust and effective use and risk management of expert evidence within the investigation of serious and organised crime.

• To be responsible for implementing and interpreting new and evolving legal parameters and guidance concerning expert evidence. Design strategies to transfer theory, emanating from reviews and case law, into best practice and to design and deliver training material, to facilitate the delivery of training courses and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) that address the demands of the team and the Agency.

• To manage and lead a team of accredited expert witnesses within the Agency and to represent the department in the delivery of operational and investigative planning.

• To perform quality assurance (peer review) of the evidential outputs from other expert witness practitioners and to generate and implement corporate development programmes and support capability building for existing and prospective team members.

• To manage the allocation of casework from Agency and partner investigations and provide advice on the formulation of expert evidence prosecution strategies.

• To manage and co-ordinate the provision and delivery of Drugs and Firearms Trafficking Expert Evidence to NCA and partner investigations by managing the resources available within the department; ensuring legal compliance and best practice; and by developing both the team and the reputation of the team within the criminal justice environment.
 

Responsibilities

Essential Criteria:

• Expert Witness practitioner accreditation and status.
• Successful completion of an identified and agreed Law Enforcement or Civil Service expert evidence course.
• Full Driving License.

Desirable Criteria:

• PIP 2 Investigator/Supervisor (or equivalent).
• NVQ 3 (or equivalent) trainer.

Please note:

• Applicant / Successful candidate will need to demonstrate and maintain operational status and powers in post in order to maintain EW (Expert Witness) accreditation and status.

*** For this role DV/STRAP Enhanced within 12 months of entry. If DV Enhanced cannot be obtained the officer will be required to move to a non-DV role ***

Licences

Full Driving License

Qualifications

The following qualifications/skills are essential to the role and proof will be required at interview:

• Expert Witness practitioner accreditation and status (current)
• Successful completion of an identified and agreed Law Enforcement or Civil Service expert evidence course.

Please ensure the dates of any accreditations you are relying on, are entered on to the CV.

Should you progress to the assessment stage of the process, you will be required to provide a copy of the original certificate.

Failure to provide evidence at interview may result in your application not progressing to the next stage.

Behaviours

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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Experience of leading and managing a team.
  • Experience and appreciation of the legal and practical implications of expert evidence.
  • Experience as an expert witness practitioner within the context of drugs or firearms trafficking.
  • Experience of risk management and decision making with accountability for decisions made.
 
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