Problem Solving Analyst (Fixed Term Contract/Secondment)

Reading Problem Solving Team
TVP Broad Band 3H
Band 3H, circa £32,000 per annum, plus benefits
Full Time
Secondment/Fixed Term Contract

Fixed Term Contract/Secondment until 31st March 2021


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Problem Solving Analyst to provide analytical support to LPAs to assist in the identification of areas of crime patterns and emerging trends, which will allow OCUs and / or LPA teams to have more in-depth understanding of issues in their areas and will provide assistance to them in completing OSARA packages and carrying out policing experiments.


You will analyse a wide range of data from a variety of sources to assist in the creation of OSARA packages. Re-evaluate current data and continually update charts and reports to take into account new information or intelligence. Present the results of analysis in appropriate format and produce a report outlining recommendations to accompany analytical techniques. Identify discrepancies and highlight information gaps that resources can be focused to in order to drive business activity. To help provide focus for policing activity that will enable tasking activity to deter crime and where crime has occurred help maximise positive outcomes with the support of analytical products.


The successful candidate will have proven research and analytical skills with ability to think strategically and problem solve and be able to demonstrate a methodical approach to analysis and demonstrate a high level of attention to detail. You will also have excellent report writing and presentation skills with a good understanding of evidence based policing.


If you are a permanent member of staff applying for this role, please note it will be offered on a secondment basis. Important: All secondments are assumed supported and that your line manager and Head of Department/Commander or Deputy are aware of your intention to apply. If the secondment is not supported then a strong business rationale must be sent to quoting the reference number for the role.


Please note: 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.


As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 22-30 days annual leave per annum pro-rata for part time (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, a wide range of lifestyle discounts, career development opportunities and have the option to join a local government pension scheme. To view a full list of our benefits, please click the below link.


If you have any queries please contact People Services Recruitment Department on 0845 2 66 66 77 – Option 1 (internal 301 6500) quoting reference 17550.


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The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 17th January 2021.


Police Officers and Police Staff have access to 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.

At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.  

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This opportunity is closed to applications.