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jaccards
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I am currently studying computer science and I am planning on going on to study computer forensics with the goal of one day working as a computer forensic analyst in law enforcement (NCA etc) in the uk. Is it necessary for me first to become a police officer for a few years or will a lot of experience in a computer forensic related area be enough to get this job? Which would be the University offers the best computer forensics course? Thanks

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Posted : 19/12/2015 8:25 pm
trewmte
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I am currently studying computer science

Something like this?
https://www.griffith.ie/faculties/courses/bachelor-science-computing-science

I am planning on going on to study computer forensics

So you have the next goal of going to the same or another Uni for the study of computer forensics?
http//www.forensicfocus.com/computer-forensics-education-europe

one day working as a computer forensic analyst in law enforcement (NCA etc) in the uk.

The end game is to work somewhere like here?
http//www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/
https://www.bluelinejobs.co.uk/roles/police

Is it necessary for me first to become a police officer

1) If you look through any career's advertisement for a job it should state clearly whether the applicant is required to have previous law enforcement experience as a serving (or past) law enforcement officer etc.

2) Have a look at this NCA career's advertisement and determine for yourself whether the post only requires a serving or past law enforcement officer?
https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?owner=5070455&ownertype=fair&jcode=1470841

3) Have you written to any agencies to ask for their public statement on recruiting civilian employees in computer forensics? This question particularly does not require you to ask a forum member but ask the agency who you think you would like to seek employment.

or will a lot of experience in a computer forensic related area be enough to get this job?

No employer is obliged or can guarantee to employ because a person is/was in law enforcement or has loads of computer forensics experience.

In this fast moving modern digital miracle world we live experience is a far better bet, because it is the obligation of an employer to teach you the rules, regulations and procedures in a civilian employee post in a public agency.

As an observation combine a search of all employment advertisements here at Forensic Focus and at the agencies you would like to work and identify the common experiences they are seeking in a candidate.

Also, be aware that some vacancy advertisements tend to go over the top and over state qualifications or experiences that are unrealistic - see

http//www.forensicfocus.com/Forums/viewtopic/t=13579/
http//www.forensicfocus.com/Forums/viewtopic/p=6580776/

Updated Employment or Computer Forensics Course 2016 - http//trewmte.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/updated-employment-or-computer.html

Good luck

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Posted : 20/12/2015 2:30 pm
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