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Gloucestershire Police seek to recruit Scenes of Crime Officers

The force is looking for trainees with no previous experience, as well as those who are already part or fully trained.

Gloucestershire Constabulary is looking to recruit two new Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCOs) to join its team of dedicated professionals, and the role is open to trainees with no previous experience, as well as those who are already part or fully trained.

No two days are the same - Scenes of Crime Officers attend and examine a range of crime scenes including burglaries, serious assaults, robberies and sexual assaults, as well as sudden deaths and homicides.

They carefully record the details of each scene and painstakingly recover forensic evidence to support the investigative process.

Following the examination of a scene, they will communicate their findings with investigators within Gloucestershire Constabulary, or with other partner agencies, and on some occasions they may be required to present their evidence in court.

Scenes of Crime may be the first, or sometimes the only police resource that a victim of crime will see, and so in addition to the examination of the scene they will need excellent communication skills, to allow them to effectively speak to victims of crime, providing initial support and information, as well as crime reduction advice.

Based at police headquarters at Waterwells, Quedgeley the roles are full time (37 hours) with shift allowance and on call allowance paid when appropriate.

Scenes of Crime Co-ordinator, Martin Cuffe, said: "Scenes of Crime Officers play a very important role in crime investigation and keeping the people of Gloucestershire safe, and it is a very rewarding job for the right person.

"Some of the jobs we deal with are unpleasant and can be distressing, so a degree of resilience is needed to make sure we maintain a high standard of professionalism whatever the circumstance.

"But support is there for anyone who needs it.

 "We would like to hear from any part or fully trained Scenes of Crime Officers, but this could be an exciting opportunity for anyone with no prior experience as we will provide the necessary training; operational experience and support to help them along their new career path."

The closing date for applications is close of business on Monday 25 February.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 11 March.

For more information, and to apply, click on this link:


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