DVI Scene Evidence Recovery Manager (SERM)

Job Family Operational Support
Job Sub Family DVI
Code OPS-DVI-ME-Scene Evidence Recovery Manager V1.0

Role Purpose

Scene Evidence Recovery Managers (SERM) manage and coordinate the scene of a mass fatality incident.

Key Accountabilities

  • Manage the scene of a mass fatality incident to implement the investigation strategy agreed by the Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) and the identification strategy agreed by the Senior Identification Manager (SIM).
  • Manage and coordinate the activity of specialists, including external contractors, in order to ensure the preservation and security of the scene.
  • Manage the implementation of pre-determined identification and investigation strategies relating to obtaining evidence/seizure and retention of personal property.
  • Lead the Scene Evidence Recovery Group, fully documenting all decisions and rationales, and enable clear briefings and liaison between partner agencies and stakeholders.
  • Act in adherence to all legal frameworks, key working principles, policies and guidance relevant to the role.


All roles are expected to know, understand and act within the ethics and values of the Police Service.

The Competency and Values Framework (CVF) has six competencies that are clustered into three groups. Under each competency are three levels that show what behaviours will look like in practice.

It is suggested that this role should be operating or working towards the following levels of the CVF:

Resolute, compassionate and committed

Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership

Intelligent, creative and informed policing

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Prior education and experience:

  • Serving Police Officer or Police Staff member – Inspector or Police Staff Equivalent
  • Desirable but not essential – Police Search Advisor, Crime Scene Manager, Experience of managing major incident scenes.
  • Completed the College of Policing DVIF course
  • Completed College of Policing SERM Course


  • Able to plan to short and medium-term cycles, to coordinate a range of activities appropriately within the function, to match these to available resources, and to identify and mitigate known risks to delivery.
  • Able to develop and motivate a team and create strong engagement of individuals with their personal and team objectives and with Force values, behaviours and strategic priorities.
  • Able to develop and implement an effective stakeholder relationship plan which develops trusts and enables contributions.
  • Able to engage a variety of audiences through a range of media to inform and/or persuade.
  • Skilled in setting, monitoring and enabling high performance against team and individual performance objectives.
  • Able to identify potential applications of new or improved practices related to own area of work to improve ways of working.
  • Able to contribute to resource planning, to manage financial budgets and utilise commercial acumen to make risk-based decisions that deliver effective outcomes within the resources allocated.
  • Able to seek out and identify a range of information to identify patterns, trends and options, to solve multifaceted and complex problems.
  • Skilled in coaching and mentoring to enable appropriate career and professional development.
  • Able to manage the delivery of change initiatives within own team.
  • Able to maintain personal resilience and wellbeing in complex and challenging situations and enable others to develop their own personal resilience and wellbeing.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Complete the mandated College of Policing Disaster Victim identification managers CPD package once every two years.
  • Attend other CPD events as identified.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of Police Regulations and College of Policing Guidance, best practice and any local policy applicable to the operational police context and leading and managing teams.
  • Maintain and update key knowledge, understanding and skills relating to legislation policy and practice across all functional policing areas of operational responsibility.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of new approaches identified by evidence based policing research, problem solving and team working and synthesise these into working practice.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and understanding of new and evolving crime threats and priorities; and current best practice to tackle these in order to enable a pro-active and preventative approach.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of performance management and assessment process and ensure they are implemented effectively when leading and managing teams.
  • Keep up to date with guidance and best practice on health, safety and welfare.

Professional Registration/Licenses

Not applicable.

Links to other Profiles

  • NPoCC Mercury Profile – DVI Scene Evidence Recovery Manager 443 v2
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