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Head of Forensic Accreditation and Standards

Thames Valley Police
Kidlington, Oxfordshire
Band 5L, circa £61,161 per annum, plus benefits
Closing date
13 Dec 2022
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Thames Valley Police (TVP) is the largest non-metropolitan Force in England and Wales, covering the counties of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire and serving a population of in excess of 2 million. Thames Valley polices the large towns of Reading, Slough and Milton Keynes as well as the historic city of Oxford. 

Forensic Services are a vital resource to the force and the current commitment for investment and transformation in this field is testament to this. The force’s forward looking approach has enabled the in-sourcing of a wide array of forensic disciplines and crime scene investigation, for which the force holds a wide array of accreditation. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Forensic Investigation Unit (FIU) senior leadership team as the Head of Forensic Accreditation and Standards.  You will be responsible for delivering and maintaining compliance to forensic accreditation and standards in line with the Forensic Science Regulators Act 2021. This role has strategic oversight for a portfolio of work and advises the Head of Forensic Services in relation to the threats and risks associated with the implementation and maintenance of forensic accreditation and regulation across TVP and host force services. As the key decision maker, you will drive forward continuous improvement initiatives, design and implement an operational performance management framework that supports both strategic and operational decision making and lead on the provision of a highly efficient and innovative forensic training capability across the FIU and wider TVP. 

The successful candidate will have substantial experience in a senior management role with the ability to discern risks, solve problems and make effective decisions.  Outstanding leadership skills are required including coaching and mentoring skills as well as effective finance, health and safety and performance management skills.  Excellent communication and presentation skills are needed with effective interpersonal skills and the ability to build good business relationships.  The ability to understand technical details and translate it into strategic oversight of risks, strategies or development and innovation opportunities for the portfolio is required. 

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake the established psychological screening process. 

Along with all other posts in Force Crime, Intelligence and Specialist Operations Departments, this role will require an enhanced level of vetting. 

Interviews are provisionally booked for 14th December. 


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