Digital Forensic Technician

Counter Terrorism Policing
London (Central), London (Greater)
£37,744 to £42,631 plus a Location allowance of £1,721
Closing date
15 Feb 2023
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Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity for successful candidates to join the Met Police Service's Digital Forensics department as a Digital Forensic Technician.


We are looking for talented, enthusiastic individuals to undertake digital forensic examinations on a variety of digital devices; supporting the MPS' mission to keep London safe.

Examining devices, such as mobile phones or computers, to help officers further their investigations, your impact will be felt on a daily basis.


The role is rotational between the Digital Forensic Hubs which are situated across the MPS estate meaning a wide variety of knowledge and experience can be gained every day. DF Technicians complete their initial training at Lambeth HQ prior to be posted to a Hub.


Rotations are released every 6 months with at least 4 weeks’ notice. You will not necessarily move location every 6 months, you can be posted to the same location for a number of rotations. Whilst individual preferences are taken into account when arranging rotations, operational need takes precedence.

Duties include but are not limited to;

  • Forensic imaging, extraction and analysis of data from digital devices, including mobile devices, computers, and storage media
  • Supporting non-technical staff, including police officers, to operate digital forensic systems
  • Quality assuring/peer reviewing casework
  • Provision of evidence viewing capabilities for investigating officers
  • Answering technical queries from non-technical staff and police officers
  • Supporting colleagues within the Hub with queries and advice
  • Court appearance as witness of fact.

Application Process & Training

The application process will be made up of three stages which include an application, online test and interview.

Your application will need to cover the below competencies (at Level 1) from the Competency and Value Framework (CVF). Please see the attached CVF documentation which will assist you with this.

Each competency includes a list of behaviours which you should demonstrate, where possible, within your example.

  • We take ownership - detail a time where you have identified a problem and explain the actions you took to resolve this. (min 200 words, max 500 words)
  • We are collaborative - detail a time where you have worked with others to achieve a task or goal. (min 200 words, max 500 words)
  • We analyse critically - detail a time you have used data to inform a decision, the thought process behind it and other relevant considerations. (min 200 words, max 500 words)

If selected for the role all candidates must attend and pass Grade II training. If unsuccessful despite support this will lead to either failing probation or reverting back to your original substantive Band.

Training will be full time between 9am and 5pm at Lambeth HQ for approximately 6 months, due to this, it will not be possible to support flexible working patterns during this time. 

Once competent we will consider all reasonable requests including agile working of up to 20% of your working week dependent on line manager support and operational delivery.

Departmental policy is that all members of Forensic Staff should be vaccinated against Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, successful candidates will need to ensure they are up to date with these prior to joining. Members of Forensic Services need to provide a DNA and fingerprint elimination sample for FS’ embargo database, when accepting this role candidates are agreeing to provide these samples.

In the next 12-18 months Digital Forensics may be introducing a 24/7 operating model as part of an investment and transformation plan to ensure the best service to support operational policing.

These teams will work on a rotational shift pattern compromising early, late and night shifts, inclusive of weekends. Approximately 20% of the overall staff in the Digital Forensics’ department will be required to support it.

These posts attract an additional 20% shift allowance plus weekend premium payments on top of the salary advertised above.

All new staff are eligible to be placed on a shift rota subject to the relevant notice given, however in the first instance placements on these teams will be allocated to those who volunteer, any remaining places will be allocated by management and will also be subject to certain skills required to support out of hours services.

By applying for this role you are agreeing to join one of the 24/7 shift teams and be subject to rotation dependent on business requirements.


Additional Information

The start date for this post will likely be in September 2023.

Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. Applications will be via an online application form.


Completed applications must be submitted by 15 February 2023.

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.


As a Disability Confident Committed Employer the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations



Your skills could help protect the UK. With the ongoing terrorist threat, there has never been a more important time to be working alongside some of the best and brightest to help keep people safe.

A career in Counter Terrorism Policing (CT Policing) is like no other. Every day offers a variety of exciting challenges and exceptional opportunities played out on a regional, national and international stage.

With a range of roles spanning the UK, you won’t always need a background in security to play a part in keeping the UK safe. From finance to project management, data analysis to communications and more, we are always looking for vast range of skills, knowledge and experiences to join our talented teams. Whether you’re a serving police officer, police staff or have never worked in policing before, there are opportunities for you to explore.

CT Policing is always working to build upon our diverse workforce to reflect the country we serve, so you’ll enjoy a varied and fulfilling working environment. With a variety of training and development opportunities, you’ll find a range of exciting career pathways waiting for you.

We work hard to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where all our people feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to reach their full potential. An inclusive culture enables us to do things differently, working in ways that meet individuals’ needs, flexing working patterns to ensure life-work balance is healthy so that we deliver the best for the organisation.

This better equips us to make a difference, to staff wellbeing and to the success of CT Policing in keeping people safe from Terrorism. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, including part time working, blended and remote working or job shares.

Work with us and you will be joining a world-class Counter Terrorism Policing network. In addition to fascinating work and talented colleagues you’ll find a range of benefits including a competitive pension, exciting career pathways, generous holiday allowances, opportunities for secondments across the CT Policing network and much more.

Some of our roles mean you will have access to the most sensitive material on a daily basis, which will require security vetting and is part of our recruitment process. Please note that this can sometimes take up to six months or longer. Information and guidance is available to support applicants during the vetting process.

Find out how you can play your part in keeping the country safe. Do something amazing with your skills. Visit to start your career today.

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