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Designated Investigator (Fixed Term Contract / Secondment)

LPA Investigations Hub
Abingdon, Amersham, Aylesbury, Loddon Valley, Slough
Band 3G, circa £26,817 per annum plus shift allowance (depending on pattern followed)
Full Time
Secondment/Fixed Term Contract

Fixed Term Contract for up to 12 months with the potential to extend

We are looking for experienced investigators to assist police officers in the investigation of criminal offences and other incidents, and prepare case papers, ensuring file completeness and delivery in accordance with court deadlines, legislation and force policy.

Working as an integral part of a mixed economy team of Police Officers and staff you will manage and progress the investigation of criminal offences and other incidents/enquiries, maintaining the confidence of victims and witnesses in order to deliver successful outcomes. Duties will include following up lines of enquiry and completing investigative actions, interviewing suspects in custody, taking statements from victims and witnesses and securing evidence and preparing case papers and accurate and timely prosecution files You will be required to attend court to give evidence. You will be required to work a flexible shift pattern including evenings and weekends.




  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with a particular focus on listening and questioning skills. Able to engage effectively and demonstrate empathy with people from      diverse communities and backgrounds.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, the ability to think logically and the ability to gather and record information effectively within set procedures, in an easily understood format and style.
  • Problem solving and decision making skills with the ability to effectively analyse information and assess risks in order to set priorities.
  • Experience of working within a team environment with demonstrable organisational and time management skills, the ability to manage multiple priorities and the ability to work      effectively under pressure.
  • Good IT skills with the ability to learn and effectively utilise new systems in order to extract and analyse data and progress and record investigations.
  • Ability to undertake Physical Personal Safety Training in order to be able to work outside the police station environment interacting with suspects, victims and witnesses.
  • Must have capability to travel to different locations across a local police area or geographical hub and undertake all assignments in a timely manner. For this reason a full UK driving licence is considered essential.

If you are a permanent member of staff applying for this role, please note it will be offered on a secondment basis. If the secondment is not supported by your line manager then a strong business rationale must be sent to quoting the reference number for the role. Shift allowance, on-call or other job related allowances from the previous role will not be protected unless they are attached to the new role for the duration of the secondment.

Staff wishing to apply for a seconded role should be aware the secondment process is under review. The proposal is to move staff to the salary/grade of the seconded role for the duration of the temporary appointment, which could mean either a rise or fall in individuals’ salary. Subject to some flexibility for candidates with previous experience and/or transferable skills.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please complete the document titled CV and basic skills considerations Form and send this together with your CV to quoting reference 00090.

If you have any queries please contact People Services Recruitment Department on 0845 2 66 66 77 (internal 301 6500) quoting the job reference number.


You are entitled to receive a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here


All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Thames Valley Police serves diverse communities; to truly reflect this, we are keen to recruit people from Black, Asian and other minority backgrounds. We value the knowledge and experiences that individuals bring from different cultures and welcome any contributions that can enhance the services we deliver to the public.

We believe in investing in all of our people, and run tailored Positive Action Initiatives to support our colleagues from underrepresented backgrounds in their personal and professional development, ensuring everyone has a level playing field to succeed, progress and feel fulfilled in their careers.

We will consider applications from flexible workers and look for job share opportunities where possible.