Fingerprint Expert

Police Staff
Full Time
SW Forensics
Portishead, Police Headquarters- BS20 8QJ
SO 1

£29,064 - £30,951


17/07/2020, 12:00


In this role, your main responsibilities will be:

  • To complete the verification of fingerprint identifications, ensuring that professional standards are reached and ACPO recommendations are followed at all times
  • To examine finger impressions to evidential standards and produce scientific findings, offering an Expert Opinion, effectively in the context of the case, both in writing and by the provision of oral testimony
  • To attend court to present fingerprint evidence when required, dealing with lawyers and defence experts as necessary, ensuring that professional standards are maintained at all times
  • To attend major crime scenes when requested to provide expert advice and assist in the recovery and examination of friction skin impressions

For further details please see attached role profile


This post attracts flexi time.

The selection process will include a fingerprint competency test, alongside a formal interview.

Based at: Portishead, Avon and Somerset

This role will require the post holder to travel to alternative locations on an ad hoc basis to undertake the role, travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with force policy.

For further details or an informal discussion please contact

Mandy James, South West Forensics Transition Manager by email at

To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 3 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years.

Does this sound like the role for you?

How to apply:

Please ensure that your application provides evidence of all the essential qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience as outlined in section 4 of the application form, as the short listing process will be assessed against these criteria.

CVs will not be accepted.

Please complete the attached Police Staff application form and e-mail to:

By 12 noon on 17/07/2020

DO NOT apply with the blue button below this advert as we are not managing this vacancy.


Why work for Avon and Somerset Police?

Avon and Somerset Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.

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 Avon and Somerset is the force for you.


Equality, diversity and inclusion

Avon and Somerset Police are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. 

We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and 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

Avon and Somerset Police 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.


Please note, you will require the following detail to complete this application form; NI Number, ID detail, address information, referee information, full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained.  You may also be requested to provide photos of any visible tattoos you have. The application system only remains active on a single page for a period of 60 minutes. Please therefore ensure you allow time to complete this fully as part complete pages will not be saved.  

This vacancy is closed to applications.