Forensic Collision Investigation Unit Supervisor

Job Family Investigation
Job Sub Family Forensics
Code INV-FOR-TL-Forensics Collision Investigation Unit Supervisor v1.1

Role Purpose

Co-ordinate and lead the force provision of Forensic Collision Investigation and Vehicle Examination in response to serious and fatal collisions.

Key Accountabilities

  • Retain overall ownership of all technical processes and outputs of the Forensic Collision Investigation Bureau (FCIB).
  • Comply with all aspects of the Forensic Collision Investigation Network (FCIN) Quality Management System (QMS) and report any non-compliance utilising the FCIN’s processes.
  • Adhere to FCIN SOPs.
  • Engage with, implement and abide by departmental procedures in line with the requirements of the Forensic Science Regulator’s Codes of Practice and Conduct and the International Standards Organisation (ISO/IEC 17020:2012) standards to provide a quality service.
  • Coordinate FCIB staffing levels appropriate to the level of demand and support the welfare, health and safety of staff to ensure an ongoing response capability.
  • Advise on how to interpret and assign conclusions to forensic findings, distinguishing between factual and expert reporting.
  • Set training and development plans for staff.
  • Maintain appropriate records of reconstruction investigations to ensure accurate audit trails and to support the criminal justice process.
  • Ensure the FCIB equipment and vehicles are maintained, calibrated and serviced in line with manufacturers requirements; and maintain monitoring of current and future technological developments and scientific developments.
  • Supervise all investigations carried out by the FCIB ensuring production of reports within agreed timescales.


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:

  • City & Guilds or University Certificate of Professional Development (UCPD) (level 4) in Forensic Collision Investigation, or equivalent.
  • An FCIN approved Level 4 Statistics Course.
  • Passed FCIN competence assessment.
  • Experience in managing staff within a supervisory role


  • Able to set out logical arguments clearly, adapting language, form and message to meet the needs of different people / audiences.
  • Skilled in using specialised software related to own area of work to extract, analyse and report on data.
  • Able to use standard or user specific organisational financial systems appropriately and manage budgets.
  • Able to manage the introduction of new business processes or ways of working at team level.
  • Able to identify cause and effect and develop a course of action designed to target root causes and mitigate risks.
  • Able to develop, manage 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 plan ahead; to allocate work appropriately within the team and to identify and mitigate risks to delivery.
  • Able to identify key stakeholders, understand potential roles and to take appropriate steps to understand their needs and concerns.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Maintain competence by completing annual competency assessment provided by the FCIN.
  • Maintain authorised practitioner status on FCIN list of authorised Forensic Collision Investigators.
  • Keep up to date with new approaches to evidence based policing and technological approaches within the forensic collision field.
  • Complete all annual and mandatory training as stipulated by any national and force guidelines.
  • Keep up to date with national guidance to your core duties.
  • Maintain currency of College of Policing guidance, good practice and any local policy applicable to the operational police context and leading and managing teams.

Professional Registration/Licenses

  • Membership of Chartered Society of Forensic Science or Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (Associate level as a minimum).

Links to other Profiles

  • Forensic Collision Investigator
  • Forensic Vehicle Examiner
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