Cyber Crime Investigator (Designated) - South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU)

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Full Time
Almondsbury - SW ROCU Northern Hub, within the vicinity of junction 16 of M5 - BS34 6PY
PO 2-5

£36,177 - £38,856

Please note, if this is a paid role and the role is part time then the salary quoted will be pro rata based on the hours worked per annum.  

16/10/2022, 23:55

The South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) is looking for a Cyber Crime Investigator keen to progress their career as part of our Regional Cyber Crime Unit on a fixed term contract until April 2025.

The Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) was established in September 2010 to disrupt, dismantle and destroy serious and organised crime across the South West of England. It is made up of the five forces in the region – Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire – to work across the county borders. It brings together the capability and funding to gather intelligence, crack serious and organised crime networks and seize the assets of the criminals involved.

The ROCU also works in close partnership with the National Crime Agency (NCA), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), United Kingdom Border Force (UKBF), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the HM Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS).

SW ROCU is part of the national ROCU network who work hand in hand with local forces and national partners to target and disrupt criminals posing the greatest risk of Serious and Organised Criminality (SOC). This includes offenders involved in cyber threats, economic crime, drug conspiracies, modern slavery and human trafficking and child sexual abuse and exploitation. SW ROCU seeks to lead and support the region working with the forces and national leads to promote consistency and use of best practice and technology.

SW ROCU is a great place to work in a job like no other, working alongside other specialist capabilities at a regional, national and international level. 

It’s an exciting time to join us. We’re strengthening our numbers and we continually invest in both our people and new technology, so that as serious and organised crime evolves, so too do our skills and capabilities. In order to achieve this we need the best people who are keen to develop their careers, unleash their full potential and are up for the challenge of working on complex investigations. 

The Regional Cyber Crime Unit is a multi-disciplinary team that works closely with partners and deals with the most serious types of cyber criminality affecting the South West region.  Alongside these investigations, the team has a significant part to play in investigating cyber dependent crimes such as computer network intrusions, denials of service, ransomware extortion, malware development, supply, deployment and data theft/ breaches.   You will be at the forefront of the fight against serious and organised crime, which is one of the greatest threats facing the UK today.

The role requires a dynamic and innovative investigator using cutting edge techniques and technology. There will be a need for you to display a sound forensic approach to investigations and you’ll undertake live and dead box data recovery to provide evidentially sound technical support to operations and investigations into the most serious incidents of computer network based crimes. You will need to be able to communicate your findings in both written and verbal form to the understanding of cyber-crime investigators and victims.  

Technical skills in computer network analysis, mobile phone and device examination are important. There will be structured training course opportunities but you will also be expected to keep up to date with current cyber-crime trends and technologies.  An awareness of the threats posed by cyber-crime is also essential.  You should ideally hold a full current driving licence or be able to travel around the region using alternative transport.   Some flexibility in the pattern of working may also be required to meet the special demands of the duties of the post.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications required:-

  • You will hold a degree or equivalent and be experienced in the specialist field of computer forensics, together with a working knowledge of forensic based computer examination software packages, including Guidance Software EnCase
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills, the ability to handle difficult conversations and potentially hostile situations. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to convey technical matters to a non-technical audience
  • A working knowledge of legislation relating to the use, investigation and seizure of electronic material
  • Ability to make decisions and influence others in the decision making process
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation such as Computer Misuse Act, ACPO Good Practice Guide for Digital Evidence and the Data Protection Act, together with a knowledge of malware, database construction, network investigation, forensic laboratory practices and procedures, evidence handling and court presentation would all be advantageous.
  • Experience of presenting evidence in court is desirable
  • Some flexibility in the pattern of working may be required to meet special demands of the duties of the post

If you are interested to find out more information about this post, please email:   

A Recruitment webinar will also be held on Tuesday 6th September at 11:00am.  Please contact, whereby invites will be sent accordingly. Please note that webinars will not be recorded.

Applicants will remain on their home force terms and conditions and will move onto the relevant pay scale for the advertised position:-

  • A&S – PO2-5
  • D&C – Grade 8
  • Dorset – Grade F
  • Gloucestershire – SO2
  • Wiltshire – W10

This post is a subject to a higher security clearance at MV and SC – Management Vetting and Security Clearance Level.  To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 5 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years.

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Shortlisting will be:-  Week commencing Monday 26th September 2022

Interview dates are to be confirmed and will include a practical assessment as part of the interview process.

Why work for the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit?

The South West Regional Organised Crime Unit has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative collaboration, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population across the region. If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit will most definitely be of interest to you.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The South West Regional Organised Crime Unit is working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the ROCU, where communities are currently under-represented including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions, gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve. All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.

Flexible working

All requests for flexible working patterns will be considered and will be dependent on the role.

Recruitment and Selection Policy

Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.

Police Barred and Advisory lists

Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.

Vetting and Safeguarding

The South West Regional Organised Crime Unit are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references

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Important information before you commence an application (for external applicants)

You will require the following detail to complete this application form:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Identification Detail e.g. passport
  • Address information including proof 
  • Referee information
  • Full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained
  •  Tattoos - you will also be requested to provide photos and describe of any visible tattoos you have

If the role requires you to drive you will also be required to upload details from your full driving licence including photos. 

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