Job offer as a Digital Forensic Examiner at a Law Enforcement Authority
I have been offered the role of Digital Forensic Examiner at a Law Enforcement Authority. I haven't yet accepted the offer. Salary is low, but like the technical aspects of this role.
Could someone let me know the nature of the job, duties involved etc? Pros and Cons of this role?
Any one currently working as a Digital Forensic Examiner? Can you please share your experience?
It all depends on what you mean by Law Enforcement Authority. If Police, then most likely that the majority of the computer related investigations are linked to Indecent Images. This takes a certain type of personality to deal with, but in my experience Police Forces in the UK do provide a good level of support.
Different Forces operate in different ways, but most will start you imaging hard disk drives, moving onto mobile phones and eventually computer devices. Most also offer a decent level of training.
Again, how this is delivered would depend on the agency in particular.
It is also very, very satisfying to know that you are a key component in the fight against crime and putting these people where they belong...
So in the UK, I would say that the examiner is the person who does the imaging and extraction of digital devices. In some forces this also includes processing extracted data and then providing this to an officer. Each force is different, but I'd imagine there would be little investigation work in this role. Depends on what your interests are.
A lot of the times, police forces promote their investigators predominantly from the examiners employed for them, so its often a good way to get in. So if you do want to get experience for an investigator role, this is often the best way
What would be the type of work like:
1. Is it too demanding?
2. Would it be 5 days in the office or hybrid usually?
3. Would it involve nights and shift work?
1. Depends on what you mean by demanding. You're always busy at least
2. Usually in office due to the nature of the material that we deal with
3. Depends on the unit, they should have told you this in your job offer. For example we do some weekend and late shifts (till 2200) but no nights. Each unit is different