Case study

Forensic scene investigator — David Brightman

David enjoys the variety in his role as a forensic scene investigator - find out what his greatest challenges are and his long-term career ambitions

How did you get your job?

I applied for a position advertised on the West Midlands Police job vacancy website.

What are your main work activities?

I spend time talking to members of the public when attending and examining burglaries at their properties. It's important this is done in an understanding and reassuring way. Examining stolen and recovered vehicles is another regular part of the job.

I collect and document evidence, while maintaining continuity and integrity, and send collected exhibits for analysis, to a number of different departments/locations. Other duties include booking recovered items into detained property, and using a number of computer systems to record and document scenes.

What do you enjoy about the job?

I enjoy the variety of my work and helping members of the public.

It's particularly satisfying when an item of evidence I've found results in the identification of an individual.

What are the challenges?

It can be hard when you see upsetting things when attending scenes.

Managing my workload can be a challenge too, trying to ensure all aspects of my work from the beginning of the day are completed by the end of it.

Is your degree relevant?

My forensic science degree definitely helped while I was learning on the job, as it meant I already knew the theory behind the practical processes.

What are your longer-term career ambitions?

I aim to gain valuable experience in the years ahead and possibly become a crime scene coordinator.

What advice would you give to others getting into this role?

Be persistent. Don't be discouraged if the first time you apply you're not successful, as the job role is very popular.

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