PS/974/H A4 Covert Investigator - Serious and Organised Crime Group

Location: Headquarters, WGC, Herts
Role: Police Staff
Department: Serious and Organised Crime Group
Closing Date: 05-02-19
Opportunities now exists to join the Hertfordshire Constabularies Serious and Organised Crime Group as a member of Police Staff in the role of Covert Operative (Non Police Officer).

Are you currently surveillance trained or accredited to the UK national standard (or equivalent) working with another law enforcement agency or in the private sector, or have been surveillance accredited in the last 2 years? If so we would like to hear from you.

You will need to be a Police Advanced driver (or partner agency equivalent) or have been in the last 5 years. PIP 2 accreditation would be an advantage but is not necessary.

Based at premises in Welwyn Garden City the Covert Investigation Unit is part of the Serious and Organised Crime Group which consists of Detectives and members of Police staff. The team has its own investigative ability and manages complex cases through the entire judicial system. You will work in partnership with other agencies and units and be at the forefront of the fight against Serious and Organised Crime.

The Covert Investigation Unit have the responsibility for delivering covert Policing tactics on behalf of the Constabulary. You will be critical in disrupting organised criminal networks and will make a unique personal contribution in the fight against but not limited to drugs importation and supply, firearms possession and supply, human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, serious acquisitive crime all utilising a spectrum of investigative tools and techniques.

Initiative, innovation, flexibility and sound decision making skills will allow the right candidates to relentlessly pursue those that think they can defeat conventional Policing methods posing the most threat and risk to Hertfordshire communities and beyond.

The successful candidates will be fully immersed in the team’s activity and will undertake the full range of duties when it comes to researching and preparing for surveillance deployment, searching both overt and covert, suspect and witness interviewing and other supportive roles within the investigative process. You will also demonstrate leadership through assisting operational commanders to deliver successful proactive operations and be able to deliver structured feedback to peers through de-brief sessions.

This challenging role is an exciting and rewarding opportunity but it isn’t for everyone. A flexible approach to duty times will be absolutely key and accepting hours can change at short notice will be rewarded by the success of the team in keeping residents of Hertfordshire safe. Most of your duties will be surveillance based but you will be provided with all the skills you need to be successful. Training in internal systems will be provided as will training on legislation that governs the powers you will utilise such as Regulation Investigatory Powers Act and the newly introduced Investigatory Power Act 2016.

Prior to appointment applicants will need to demonstrate their current surveillance accreditation or evidence of being so qualified in the past two years. This will need to be able to be validated as will evidence of Advanced driver (or equivalent) qualification within the last 5 years. Applicants that can do so, if successful during paper sift will be required to undertake an advanced check-drive with the driving school before progressing.

Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo Management vetting and Security Clearance, before taking up the post. Please be aware that the Police Corporate Vetting Unit will undertake security vetting on successful candidates which will include financial checks. Due to the sensitive nature of these checks we are unable to provide feedback should clearance be declined.

A briefing session to introduce you to the force and the role will be held at Police Headquarters, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6XF on the 21st January 2018 at 1900 hours. Anyone wishing to attend are required to email to register interest and receive further information.

Interested applicants should provide evidence against the four personal qualities below and the entry requirements:

- We take ownership
- We are collaborative
- We deliver, support and inspire
- We analyse critically

There is a word count limit of 500 words per section.

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be expected to evidence against all personal qualities, and the entry requirements, stipulated in the role profile.

**All applications must be submitted through our online recruitment website by clicking the apply button below**

**Please note that this advert will be live to redeployees throughout the recruitment of this advert. Any redeployee that applies will only need to evidence against the minimum entry requirements of the role profile. To do this if you are a redeployee, write ‘Redeployee’ in the other competency boxes and just complete your evidence against the minimum entry requirements in the relevant box. Redeployees will take priority over other candidates at any point during the recruitment process up until a final offer is produced and you will be notified if this happens.**

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