Fingerprint Officer

POST TITLE: Fingerprint Officer
DEPARTMENT/DIVISION/BRANCH: Serious Crime Division
SECTION/UNIT: Fingerprint Unit
GRADE: D
RESPONSIBLE TO: Senior Fingerprint Reporting Officer
RESPONSIBLE FOR: N/A
AIM OF JOB: To provide an efficient and effective Fingerprint Service whilst retaining the reliability, integrity and reputation of the discipline.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To understand the importance of accuracy in all aspects of comparison, identification and evidential processing. 
  • To analyse and quality assess all submitted crime scene and laboratory impressions determining suitability for comparison purposes. 
  • To accurately compare suspect and elimination fingerprints / palmprints, either manually or electronically, against crime scene impressions to eliminate persons from police enquiries or provide potential offender names to investigators.
  • To organise and prioritise workload and duties to meet demanding and conflicting deadlines (e.g. persons in custody, bail dates / complex cases). To respond to urgent enquiries.
  • To conduct an independent first checking of fingerprint identification results ensuring all marks are identified in accordance with national non-numeric system guidelines and ensuring that professional standards are adhered to thus maintaining the integrity of the fingerprint identification system at all times.
  • To be proficient in using specialist fingerprint imaging systems to enhance digital images produced by crime scene investigators and laboratory officers in order to maximise their potential for identification and facilitate their progress into national computerised databases.
  • To produce high quality evidential photographic prints from digital images and adhesive tape lifts using specialist fingerprint imaging enhancement software.  Alternatively, to submit digital images and adhesive tape lifts to the Imaging Unit, ensuring continuity is maintained.
  • To conduct speculative crime scene mark and tenprint searches on the national automated fingerprint database (IDENT1).To enhance image quality and edit ridge detail prior to search. To ensure accurate comparison decisions are made on the finger/palmprint responses generated.
  • To support the maintenance of IDENT1 by deleting and archiving cases, producing reports, queue management, reporting of system errors and completing various IDENT1 logs. To produce statistics for the unit manager as and when required.
  • To articulate fingerprint results effectively and provide specialist / technical in relation to fingerprint related matters.
  • To liaise with investigating officers, exhibit officers, crime scene investigators, laboratory officers and others involved in the investigative process. 
  • To ensure that case progression is appropriate and optimises evidential opportunities taking into account a value based approach as well as other potential evidential opportunities.
  • To work on fingerprint operations. To produce reports and matrixes detailing all fingerprint results during an investigation.
  • To produce Streamlined Forensic Reports (level 1) upon completion of ident verification that will be accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service as initial evidence to assist the judicial process.
  • To interrogate and update police systems for intelligence purposes. To research forensic identifications for elimination purposes and identifying suspects / arrestees who have not been put forward for comparison.
  • To deliver presentations and demonstrate the workings of the Fingerprint Unit, at various locations.
  • To examine, compare and search friction ridge detail recovered from deceased persons and those in hospital, as appropriate for elimination purposes, confirmation of identity or to establish identity.
  • To attend at the Forensic Laboratory Services Unit to examine property that has been chemically treated for friction ridge detail, assessing the quality of areas for use in comparison using specialist light sources giving full consideration to H & S guidelines. To indicate friction ridge detail of identifiable value for the evidential process prior to photography and accurately complete detailed contemporaneous notes in line with ISO 17025 procedures.
  • To attend at hospital mortuaries and funeral parlours to provide support in the recovery of friction ridge detail from cadavers, in order to establish identity. To adhere to the PPE policy and risk assessments giving full consideration to H & S guidelines.  
  • To attend at hospital high dependency units in order to provide support in obtaining friction ridge detail from unconscious persons to establish identity. To comply with hospital policy and H & S guidelines.
  • To understand and correctly use sterilisation apparatus (autoclave) for equipment and documentation used in the recovery of friction ridge detail from cadavers or persons in hospital in order to ensure subsequent  safe use in line with H & S requirements.
  • To be available for deployment as part of the Forensic Services Disaster Team or to maintain business continuity for the Fingerprint Unit’s ongoing casework during such a deployment.
  • To work throughout the Fingerprint Unit.
  • To take fingerprints from police personnel and from members of the public for for the purposes of recruitment, immigration and CRB agency checks.
  • To use Branch and Force wide computerised information systems to create, input and extract data relevant to evidential material, whilst maintaining continuity of all exhibits in line with national accreditation requirements.
  • To undertake all relevant internal and external training in line with the National Assessment Programme. 
  • To ensure that fingerprint knowledge is both maintained and developed in relation to research and legislation plus new advancements in the area of fingerprint analysis.
  • To provide advice and training in relation to forensic identification issues to all levels of personnel at various locations.
  • To support the role of the Fingerprint Technician and undertake Database functions as required.
  • To work with peers and managers to respond to changes in demand by self-organising resources and to pull on specialists, supervisors and managers when needed.
  • To use measures to understand the performance of the forensics system and to work with peers and managers to learn and improve from these measures.  
  • To participate in the Forensic Services internal and external auditing process when required.
  • To maintain a knowledge and understanding of the Management of Police Information. Ensuring that all elements of a case, physical and digital are filed and destroyed in relation to the correct retention period.
  • To promote and comply with GMP’s policies on health and safety both in the delivery of services and the treatment of others.
  • To comply with and promote equality legislation and GMP’s policies on diversity and equality. Take steps to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.
  • To fully participate in GMP’s development review process.
  • If you have responsibility for staff; to manage staff development, performance and attendance using appropriate GMP policy and procedure.
  • To comply with the requirements of GMP’s policies on Drug and Alcohol testing – requirements in respect of specific posts/ roles are described in the policies which are available on the Intranet/SharePoint.
  • All staff and officers must adhere to and comply with Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Human Rights legislation and the Authorised Professional Practice (Information Management).  It is the responsibility of all staff and officers to maintain data quality and security. Therefore when inputting, updating and using GMP information, you are to ensure that it is Accurate, Adequate, Relevant and Timely (AART), and that it is used / disclosed for business purposes only and kept secure. The most current guidance and advice in respect of compliance with the legislation and information / records management standards can be found on the Information Management Intranet site/Information Services SharePoint site.
  • Supervisors and managers have the additional responsibility of ensuring that staff undertake the appropriate training and fully understand and apply the required Force policy, procedures and information / records management standards in the course of their duties. Supervisors and managers should ensure that staff / officers understand their responsibilities in maintaining data quality and security and have appropriate processes in place to monitor compliance. 
  • To carry out such other duties which are consistent with the nature, responsibilities and grading of the post.

Forensic Specific

  • To maintain compliance with current quality policies, procedures and objectives by keeping informed of the latest updates / modifications related to ISO accreditation and the Forensic Services Quality Management System.
  • To maintain an up to date knowledge on legislation in relation to friction ridge detail and give guidance relating to i.e. Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, Prevention of Terrorism Act 2000, Protection of Freedom Act 2012, Criminal Procedures Investigations Act 1996 and Criminal Justice Act 2003.
  • To maintain a knowledge and understanding of the Management of Police Information. Ensuring that all elements of a case both physical and digital are filed in relation to the correct retention period.
  • Support the maintenance and improvement of the Forensic Services Quality Management System.

NOTES

This job description records the principal responsibilities of the job at the date shown. The job description will be updated from time to time in conjunction with the post holders to reflect changes.

Please note that we will consider making reasonable adjustments to the above, in line with the Equality Act.

The most up to date version of various GMP policies and pieces of legislation can be found on the Intranet/ SharePoint.  

Further support and guidance can be sought from the HR Advisory Service or the Information Compliance and Records Management Unit.  The most up to date telephone numbers are available on the GMP Intranet. 

LEADERSHIP EXPECTATIONS

The Leadership Expectations is a framework, which describes the attributes, behaviours, and outcomes that are demonstrated by successful leaders across GMP. They also describe what all our staff and officers need to deliver in order to achieve the Force’s vision Protecting society and keeping people safe”  

The Leadership Expectations will be embedded in leadership training, recruitment and selection, police officer promotion, development programmes.

Our Leadership Expectations are:

Inspiring Others  

Listening to, involving and motivating others to take action and behave with courage and integrity

Enabling Change and Improvement
Taking responsibility to solve problems, implement change and make improvements to our services

Developing Yourself and Others
Developing yourself and others to succeed and increase their contribution to GMP

Responsibility for/to the Team 

Setting a clear direction and promoting teamwork to achieve high standards of professionalism and performance in all situations however challenging

Working in Partnership
Working as one GMP team and with external partners to achieve results that benefit GMP and our communities

Demonstrating Respect and Compassion
Treating all our people, partners and communities with respect and compassion

Service Delivery
Delivering excellent policing services to the people of Greater Manchester

Leaders have been identified at four levels:

  • Peer
  • First
  • Middle
  • Senior

The Fingerprint Officer has been identified as:  A Peer Leader  

Please Note:  As well as assessing candidates against criteria outlined in the Person Specification, the selection process will also include candidate assessment of the leadership expectations.

For more information on our leadership expectations please visit our website 

www.gmp-recruitment.co.uk

PERSON SPECIFICATION

FINGERPRINT OFFICER

FORENSIC SERVICES 

Short-Listing Criteria Essential/

Desirable

(E/D)

Assessment of Criteria (how the shortlisting criteria will be assessed)
Qualifications/Education

Good standard of education.

 

E

 

AF/C

Knowledge

Basic understanding of the principles of forensic identification including fingerprint comparison.

A working knowledge of computer applications i.e. Lotus Notes, Microsoft applications.

Sound knowledge of relevant computer systems – to include IDENT 1, Livescan, Work Management Systems, PNC, OPUS, and other technologies that support the fingerprint identification business.*

Understand the wider roles and skills within Forensics and to liaise with them as appropriate throughout the process.  

Knowledge of legislation and work practices relating to fingerprints

 

E

 

E

 

D

 

D

D

 

I

 

I

 

AF

 

AF

AF

Skills/Abilities

Aptitude for forensic comparison work utilising manual and computerised systems (selection/recruitment test). 

Ability to work with minimum level of supervision for prolonged periods and display initiative.

Ability to maintain high levels of concentration, accuracy, posture and attention to detail for prolonged periods.

Ability to deal with routine queries on a daily basis while displaying a customer focused approach.

Ability to work as a team to deliver the objectives of the unit and deliver an efficient and effective service to the customer.

Ability to evidence good communication skills (written and oral recruitment test).

Ability to prioritise work and meet conflicting deadlines.

Capable of exercising personal responsibility and experience of making decisions and prioritising work.

Ability to assimilate delivered training.

Demonstrates continuity, quality and integrity issues surrounding evidence handling and processing, including when transferring evidence to others in the system.

 

E

 

E

E

 

E

E

 

E

 

E

E

E

 

D

 

AF/T/I

 

AF/I

AF/I

 

AF/I

AF/I

 

AF/T/I

 

AF/I

AF/I

AF/I

 

AF

Other

Has achieved a good attendance record.

Prepared to attend and successfully complete a range of mandatory in-house and external training courses.

There is a mandatory requirement to provide a DNA sample and fingerprints for elimination purposes for inclusion on the relevant Databases.

Expected to work a shift pattern, including weekends.

Be prepared to receive vaccinations for working in high risk environments such as mortuaries and major incidents.

Full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle for business purposes.

 

E

E

E

 

E

 

E

D

 

AF(E)

I

I

 

I

 

I

AF

Key

AF(E) Eligibility (this will be checked by the recruitment team)
AF Application Form
C Certificate
T Test
I Interview
  • Candidates who do not demonstrate on the application form, criteria assessed at eligibility stage (E), may not be considered for short-listing.
  • Candidates who do not demonstrate on the application form, criteria identified as essential and being assessed at application form (AF), may not be shortlisted.
  • All essential criteria above will also be discussed in GMP’s – development review process.  
  • The desirable criteria marked with an asterisk will be desirable at selection stage but will become essential once in post and will be discussed in the development review process.
  • A good attendance record will be assessed in accordance with current guidelines. For recruitment purposes this can only legally occur following a provisional offer, at which stage the offer can be rescinded. Consideration will be given to Disability related absence/maternity related absence in line with current guidelines.

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