Accelerated Forensic Services Group Program

Do you have a forensic science degree? Are you intrigued by forensic investigation? Are you keen to learn expert forensic identification skills and gain an internationally recognised forensic qualification?  Then a fast tracked career as a sworn New South Wales Police Force Forensic Investigator is the job for you.

Amongst other things, the Forensic Services Group (FSG) is responsible for providing the forensic expertise and skills to assist in criminal investigations. The two largest sections within the FSG are Fingerprint Operations and Crime Scene Services.

  • Fingerprint Operations is responsible for the analysis and identification of fingerprint evidence recovered from both minor and major crime scenes across the Sydney metropolitan area.  Specialist personnel from Fingerprint Operations also provide 24/7 major crime fingerprint examination services, utilising state of the art crime scene investigation techniques and technologies.  The command also provides a 24/7, real time identification service to New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) of persons in custody, utilising both Livescan electronic fingerprinting technology and manual classification systems.
  • Crime Scene Services are responsible for the recording, collection, analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence from scenes and exhibits. Specialist personnel from Crime Scene Services provide a 24/7 scene response. Using leading-edge techniques and technologies trained staff attend and examine crime scenes for forensic evidence to assist investigators and the courts.

Both areas are staffed with a mix of sworn (police officers) and unsworn (non police) personnel who are responsible for delivering professional, high quality technical forensic services to both the NSWPF and the community of NSW. FSG staff are regularly exposed to traumatic crimes scenes and required to physically handle and examine deceased persons.   

Under the supervision and instruction of highly skilled and experienced Forensic Investigators you will gain much sought after training, knowledge, skills and experience in a critical field of forensic investigation.  This knowledge and experience will enable you to progress toward achieving national expert status through the Australasian Forensic Field Sciences Accreditation Board (AFFSAB), an internationally recognised and renowned qualification.  The command also places great emphasis on the continued professional development of its specialist staff, by providing on-going internal and external training opportunities.         

Forensic investigation is a well paid career where you will achieve significant job satisfaction, and make a real difference to the community.

For further information on FSG units offering accelerated Forensic Investigator positions please click here


Requirements

Prior to The introduction of the accelerated pathway, Forensic science graduates were required to spend 3 years in general duties prior to joining the FSG. Under the Forensic Services Group Accelerated Recruitment Program (FSGARP), the NSWPF is recruiting forensic science graduates and fast tracking them into a career as a Forensic Investigator.  To be considered for the program, you must have completed a forensic science degree from a recognised tertiary institution. See the list of approved courses.

The FSGARP involves completing the Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) whilst performing and gaining an insight into general policing duties at a Sydney metropolitan police station. However the minimum general duties component has been reduced from three years to one year as part of this program

Application Process

All FSGARP applicants must contact FSG Human Resources before submitting an application to Charles Sturt University.  Applicants must have completed a recognised forensic science degree prior to lodging their application.  Following the submission of their application, arrangements will be made for the applicant to attend an assessment/interview, conducted by trained Forensic Investigators from Fingerprint Operations and Crime Scene Services.

Upon completion of the interview and Forensic Investigator suitability assessments, the applicant will be ranked and placed on an eligibility list. Applicants will be asked to nominate job stream preferences, and when selected from the eligibility list, they will proceed further with the recruiting process. The applicant will be advised which specific position they have been allocated, prior to being placed in the next Associated Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP),  

NSW Police Force Recruitment – Specific requirements to be noted before submitting FSGARP application:

  1. Applicants will be required to provide a certified copy of their traffic record from the Roads & Maritime Services with their resume and Academic Transcript.
  2. Applicants must note the NSW Police Force policy on body art/tattoos. Applicants who don’t comply with this policy will not be considered.

“Any form of body art or modification that is on the face, scalp, ears, neck or hands of an employee or police recruit is prohibited under this Policy. Regard will be given to cultural and/or religious issues where appropriate in accordance with Anti-Discrimination legislation.”

University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE) - Charles Sturt University

It is now a requirement for entry to the NSWPF that applicants have completed the UCWE course.  This course takes 12 weeks to complete (part time). Applicants who are selected will be encouraged to enrol in a UCWE course as soon as possible after being notified of their selection. Some applicants may wish to enrol in a UCWE course prior to selection, however please note the NSWPF does not reimburse any costs involved in enrolling in this course.

For the next UCWE enrolment dates please contact Charles Sturt University Admissions Centre on:  1800 334 733

Cost: $1500.00


FSGARP – Pathway to Forensic Investigator

Upon being accepted into the accelerated program, the pathway is as follows:

Please Note: Distance Education may not be an option.

Session 1 – ADPP is a 14 week, full time on campus Constable Education Program. This session introduces you to the fundamentals of policing, including law and police procedure. At the completion of stage one you are required to complete a two week field placement at a police station.

PLEASE NOTE: You must pass a physical fitness test before starting this session.

Session 2 – ADPP is a further 14 week residential (Session 2-ADPP) component at the Police College, Goulburn.  During this session students are introduced to the practical aspects of policing, while continuing law and procedure studies.  It also includes driver, weapons and tactics training.

IMPORTANT: During session 1 and 2 of the ADPP you are not paid any income, however there is a provision for a small scholarship to pay for your room and board at the NSW Police Academy.

Towards the end of session 2 at the NSW Police Academy, you must satisfy the requirements of the physical fitness test - otherwise you may not attest as a NSW Police Officer.

At the completion of session 2 of the ADPP recruits are attested into the NSW Police Force as a probationary constable and start receiving a salary. The probationary constable completes the remaining requirements of the ADPP whilst undergoing a 12 month probation period performing general duties at a Sydney metropolitan police station.

Please note: There are no exemptions or waivers from the Associated Degree in Policing Practice. All FSGARP officers must complete the full requirements of the ADPP.

Once the FSGARP probationary constable is confirmed as a constable, they are eligible to transfer to their specified FSG position when a position becomes availableto commence their formal training towards AFFSAB accreditation.

The FSG provides services on a 24/7 basis, and staff are required to work rotating rosters which includes shift work, weekends/public holidays and some on-call requirements.    

Training to achieve expert status (Crime Scene or Fingerprints) through the Australasian Field Forensic Sciences Accreditation Board (AFFSAB) is competency based and generally takes four to five years to complete.  It consists of

  • Diploma of Forensic Investigation (holders of a relevant Forensic Science degree under accelerated recruiting will receive skills recognition for this course)
  • Advanced Diploma of Forensic Investigation (holders of a relevant Forensic Science degree under accelerated recruiting will receive skills recognition for this course)
  • Graduate Certificate in Forensic Fingerprint Investigation OR
  • Graduate Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation
  • Passing all internal and external competency requirements and assessments
  • Undertaking internal specialist training courses

All training requirements to achieve national Fingerprint Expert accreditation are funded by NSWPF.  


Payment Required for the Associate Degree in Policing Practice

  • Up Front Payment - $12,352 (Can be paid separately for each of 5 sessions)
  • Deferred Payment - $15,440 (fee help incurs 25% loading)

FSG Police Officer Salary and Allowances (as at 1 July, 2016)

Police Officer Salary

  • Probationary Constable - $68,353
  • Constable (Level 2) - $70,934
  • Forensic Investigator (1-3yrs) - $2,956 p.a. (commences 6 months after                         permanent appointment)
  • Forensic Investigator (3-5yrs) - $3,545 p.a.
  • Forensic Investigator (5+ yrs) - $4,147 p.a.

FSG Specialist Allowances

Upon AFFSAB accreditation as a Fingerprint or Crime Scene Expert, officers move from the Forensic Investigator Allowance stream to the annual Expert Allowance:

  • Forensic Services Group Expert Allowance - $17,165 p.a.

FSGARP officers (Pro Cst – Snr Cst) who hold relevant tertiary qualifications are eligible to apply for an Academic Allowance, which is currently $792 p.a.

NSW Police Academy Class Intakes

Please contact NSWPF Recruitment Branch for specific dates for NSW Police Academy class intakes.  Field placements at a police station are a requirement of recruit training.  Dates of these field placements can be obtained by contacting the Recruitment Branch.

Location/Tenure

When you attest as a probationary constable, you will be required to work in the Sydney metropolitan region. There may be an opportunity, once you transfer to the FSG, to apply for a Forensic Investigator position in a regional area of NSW if one is advertised, provided you have met the tenure requirements for FSG. The current tenure period is 3 years before internal transfers will be considered.

Shifts, Weekend and Public Holiday Duties

Once you have transferred to the FSG and commenced duties as a Forensic Investigator, you will be rostered to perform shiftwork and to work on weekends and public holidays.  You may from time to time be directed to perform general duties at special events such as New Year’s Eve, or other special police operations.  

Forensic Services Group Accelerated Recruitment Program Timetables

  • Once an FSGARP officer attests as a probationary constable, they will commence       duty at their assigned metropolitan Local Area Command and continue their ADPP studies.
  • After approximately 10 months at a LAC (during session 5 of ADPP), they will attend an induction day at their allocated FSG site.
  • Once the FSGARP officer is confirmed in the rank of constable, they will be      eligible to transfer to the FSG when the allocated Forensic Investigator Position is available.
  • Upon transfer to the FSG, the FSGARP officer will commence training in their respective forensic job stream.

Forensic Services Group Accelerated Recruitment Program Requirements with the Associate Degree in Policing Practice

The FSGARP officer must complete all duty book and assignments for sessions 3, 4, and 5 of the ADPP, and be confirmed to the rank of constable before they can be considered for transfer to a vacant sworn Forensic Investigator position in the FSG.


Contact Details

To make application for the FSG Accelerated Recruitment Program please contact:

Inspector Rashell Conroy via email: FSGARP@police.nsw.gov.au

For FSG role specific information please contact:

Fingerprints:

Senior Sergeant Peter Hennessy via email: henn1pet@police.nsw.gov.au

Ph:  02 8835 7973

Crime Scene:

Senior Sergeant Craig Harris via email:  harr1cra@police.nsw.gov.au

Ph:  02 9768 0572

Recruitment Branch

Call 1800 222 122

Charles Sturt University future student enquiries

Call 1800 334 733

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