Detective Inspector – Investigations (SEROCU)

Thames Valley
Detective Inspector
Full Time

An exciting opportunity is available for an experienced Detective Inspector to lead the response in tackling serious and organised crime across the South East region. This post is also suitable for suitably qualified detective sergeants upon promotion.

The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) are expanding the investigation capacity to create a brand new syndicate, which will be geographically located in Thames Valley Police area. The successful applicant will work build their team from the ground up, working alongside the other investigation Detective Inspectors and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will be able to create, develop and lead high performing teams and embed a professional culture.

We are seeking a highly capable candidate with a strong investigative background, an enquiring mind and sound professional knowledge. Leading the response to SOC requires innovation, tenacity, a problem solving approach and the ability to foster strong relationships. You will be a people focused person who puts wellbeing, inclusion and ethical leadership at the heart of what you do.

The successful candidate will be able to effectively and efficiently manage complex investigations, managing competing demands and critically analyse vast amounts of information. In addition to this, we are looking for somebody that is able to identify and manage risks as well as being able to implement appropriate control measures.

This role will require successful completion of the SIODP (PIP3 including SOC module) for those who do not hold this accreditation. You must hold a current PIP2 qualification to apply.

SEROCU are committed to becoming the most diverse team in the South East. We encourage interest and applications from candidates of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups to enable us to truly reflect the communities we serve.

Due to the role requirements, it is essential that the post holder be prepared to be security cleared to enhanced level. In line with Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), candidates who fail to hold, acquire or maintain this vetting level cannot be offered the post.

This role is part of a national, regional and local network and as a result you will be required to travel for business purposes. This may include travel across the UK and is not limited to the south east. You will be asked to demonstrate flexibility regarding working hours in line with operational demand and occasionally this may require working away from home.

How to apply

All vacancies of Sergeant and above are advertised to substantive and on promotion applicants at the same time; there are different application requirements for Substantive Officers and those Officers applying for Promotion. If you wish to apply you need to have support from Head of Command / Department. Hampshire officers need to complete an AD277 alongside their application via Hampshire HR.

Substantive officers will be shortlisted against the Essential Criteria and should submit an online application form. You will be required to upload your latest PDR (or if no PDR, a recent copy of your CPD record/Focus Feedback meeting) and a copy of your Training Record. You will be also required to upload the Recommendation for Appointment Form (enclosed with the Job Advert) in the ‘Line Managers Approval Form’. Thames Valley Police (TVP) officers who have already passed the TVP Promotion, can apply as a substantive (above application requirements). 

In addition to this information, officers applying on promotion should also submit a ‘Why Me, Why Now’ letter which outlines your motivation and suitability for the role at this time. Your evidence should also demonstrate the relevant behaviours, skills, knowledge and experience in relation to your capability at this rank in accordance with the core competencies (CVF) Step up Criteria. The letter must be no more than two (2) sides of A4. The margins must not be modified from 2.54cm. All evidence outside the margins should be removed. You will also be required to upload your latest PDR (or if no PDR, a recent CPD record//Focus Feedback meeting) and the Police Officer Promotion Reference Form.

A drop in briefing session will be held led on Microsoft Teams at 1400hrs on Friday 30 April 2021. If you wish to join or for any further information, please contact quoting the Job Reference 17841.

To apply, please click on the Apply button below. Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 23:55hrs on Sunday 16 May 2021.

We are hoping to hold interviews Wednesday 9th June 2021.  

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