Forensic Video Specialist (Data Recovery)


MO4 Forensic Services
Band N
Full Time
36 hours per week

Job Title: Forensic Video Specialist (Data Recovery)

Salary: £41,945 - £45,952 + £2,148 Location Allowance. You will receive £41,945 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of £45,952 will be via incremental progression.

Location: Lambeth

The Team:

Within Digital, Cyber and Communications (DCC) is the Video Laboratory team. The team is made up of forensic video technicians and a number of specialists in areas such as court compilation production, enhancement, image comparison, CCTV data recovery, and authenticity.

They provide help viewing CCTV/video footage, the production of still images or compilations of CCTV for court, bespoke CCTV playback solutions and can assist with format conversation from legacy and non-standard formats. The laboratory is equipped to process video/CCTV recorded in an extensive range of formats including Cine Film, Mini DV or Hi 8.

If a CCTV recording is corrupted, the Video Laboratory can attempt to recovery the data. They also carry out specialised work such as image comparison, image enhancement, height estimation and speed estimation.

Training is also offered for the Focus Court Presentation System to simplify the presentation of electronic evidence in court.

The Video laboratory services are primarily aimed at serious crime investigations and specialist technical requests.

To support the Central Digital Forensic Laboratory, DCC is recruiting a Digital Forensic Video Specialist to work in the Forensic Video laboratory, working closely with police officers to maximize the forensic potential of evidence acquired from a range of image and video capable devices; including CCTV recorders, Phones, Camcorders and Stills Cameras as well as cutting edge and legacy video formats.

You will be based in SE1, but you may be required to work anywhere within London.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Forensic analysis and recovery of digital video from a diverse range of devices including CCTV systems, Dash Cams, as well as media associated with such devices.
  • Recovering data from damaged systems, reverse engineering proprietary video file formats and inspecting devices for deleted material.
  • You will anticipate demands for future technology within the laboratory and respond accordingly.
  • Providing investigators with forensic reports, detailing the work undertaken.
  • Troubleshooting technical problems under pressure and providing technical advice to officers in support of forensic submissions.
  • Assessment of forensic submissions, liaising with officers and external suppliers to develop forensic strategies whilst ensuring best value for money.
  • Willingness to be on-call and work outside of normal office hours as investigations require.
  • Developing technical working practices and writing technical procedures
  • Line management and the support and mentoring of Digital Forensic Technicians (Band I) in the central laboratory and the hub network, providing peer review of work and ensuring that reports are accurate, balanced and easy to understand.
  • Attending court as an expert witness.
  • Work within the Directorate’s Quality Management System and actively participating in the continuous improvement of the system by engaging in audits, competence tests, reporting nonconformances, etc. and suggesting changes to improve the system.
  • Research and implementation of techniques to improve the Laboratory’s range of services, quality and efficiency


Please click on the below link to view an online candidate information pack that will you give you an insight into the Met, the competency framework we use which shapes our daily work behaviours, the application process and a host of other information, that will help inform and support your application:

To apply, please visit our website. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement and online application form.  Your personal statement should outline why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the role. (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).

Completed applications must be submitted by 17th August 2020.

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.


Essential Criteria:

Degree in a relevant technical discipline and/ or significant relevant experience (must be evidenced), and:-

  • Detailed knowledge of fundamental technical engineering principles behind digital and analogue video recording and reproduction.
  • Possess an inquisitive mind, with personal drive and an analytic approach for finding the solutions to problems
  • The ability to undertake a technical analysis of video recordings submitted in evidence and report on findings.
  • Practical experience of a programming language (e.g. C#, C++, Python...) and an understanding of coding principles, particularly to process data streams.
  • Knowledge of fundamentals of image and video compression schema; JPEG & h264
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts and findings to a non-technical audience.
  • Knowledge of and interest in emerging technologies, trends and how they impact forensic video considerations.
  • Understanding of the principles of evidence handling, forensic quality standards and the presentation of evidence at court.
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation and its operation (including RIPA, Data Protection Act (DPA), Human Rights Act (HRA), disclosure procedures and CPIA.
  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Sound judgement and decision-making.


Desirable Criteria:

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of forensic video techniques and their application including methods of optimized acquisition/recovery, conversion, production, image quality assessment and modification.
  • Ability to recognize JPEG and h264 headers at the byte level within data
  • Knowledge of audio and computer forensics techniques & their practical application.
Audio/ Video Lab Manager

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