Digital Forensic Technician DRAFT

Job Family Investigation
Job Sub Family Forensics
Code INV-FOR-SD–Digital Forensic Technician v1.0

Role Purpose

The Digital Forensic Technician supports major crimes, incidents, operations or any investigation that require specialist digital forensic investigative assistance by providing support through the appropriate application of standard work practices appropriate to digital forensics capture, and processing of digital evidence at the crime scene.


This forensic capture includes live incidents, in slow or fast time, kiosk or laboratory submissions, and other proactive and/or reactive investigations where digital technology and data acquisition opportunities exist.

Key Accountabilities

  • Using their awareness of digital forensic principles and how it can support investigations to provide advice on when further specialist digital support may be required.
  • Apply techniques and methods agreed in the investigative digital forensic strategy within their area of competence.
  • Deliver competent and factual reports, evidential statements and continuity processes as required for the criminal justice system and force procedures and/or systems.
  • Use approved methods and specialist equipment at crime scenes or other locations to capture, and process from digital media in support of operational policing and ongoing investigations.
  • Respond to technical changes in the digital work environment.
  • Operate in a safe, lawful manner and ethical manner when dealing with digital devices and information and giving due consideration to wellbeing working practices when processing sensitive or potentially distressing content.
  • Uphold force minimum standards regarding equipment testing, fault finding and maintenance according to agreed schedules.
  • Carry out technical quality checks and peer reviews at a comparable competency level following relevant policy and procedures.


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:

  • A technical apprenticeship/degree or relevant experience.
  • Awareness of digital forensic services.
  • Understanding of law enforcement and the Criminal Justice System.
  • Experience of working within a technical environment.



  • Able to deliver analysis of digital devices.
  • Competent in analysing a problem, breaking it down into component parts, interpreting large quantities of numerical data and determining and implementing the appropriate action.
  • Have knowledge of the rules and requirements of evidence gathering and its presentation at court.
  • Knowledge of current and relevant legal powers/procedures/Acts in which the police operate.
  • A broad knowledge of digital technology.
  • Able to operate technical equipment safely and in appropriate manner.
  • Ability to communicate and explain technical information accurately and appropriate to the audience.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Maintain a current and up to date knowledge and appreciation of the changing digital forensic landscape and how it is employed in criminality.
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant legislation and national policy/guidance. Research and employ best practice techniques to enhance police service delivery.
  • Horizon scanning for new approaches to evidence-based policing.
  • Seek opportunities to improve upon the delivery of professional/expert witness evidence testimony.
  • Scan for emerging technologies and how best to incorporate them into professional practice.
  • Seek out and undertake meaningful training/attachment opportunities to enhance skills base and service delivery.

Professional Registration/Licenses

Not Applicable

Links to other Profiles

  • Digital Forensic Practitioner Senior
  • Digital Forensic Specialist
  • Digital Forensic Senior Practitioner
  • Technical Manager (Digital)
  • Digital Forensic Manager
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