Detective Inspector - South East Regional Prison Intelligence Unit (SERPIT). Substantive/On Promotion opportunity

South East Regional Prison Intelligence Unit (SERPIT)
South East Region (Sussex/Gatwick and Near M4, Junction 12 hub)
Detective Inspector
Full Time

SERPIT is responsible for gathering and developing intelligence from Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and other associated partners relating to national security issues and organised within the South East prisons estate.

The prison hub is supported by a number of Prison Intelligence Officers (PIO’s) who are expected to work within the regional establishment. Together with HMPPS, PIOs are required to identify and exploit intelligence opportunities with a view of mitigating risk and disrupting offenders.

We welcome applications from substantive Detective Inspectors and substantive Detective Sergeants suitability qualified to apply for promotion for this exciting position with SERPIT.

You will be responsible for the management of resources ensuring an effective and efficient provision of service to support the prisons network / HMPPS and key stakeholders within the region and, where applicable, nationally for both Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. You will manage the intelligence flow and ensure quality of product provided for the region, through the deployment of effective and appropriate systems and procedures, to ensure effective liaison with all interested parties.

We are looking for an officer with proven leadership abilities in intelligence development operations and/or investigations. You will also have experience of intelligence systems and procedures together with associated legislation. Due to the nature of the role, proven exposure to covert operational tactics and experience in risk assessment are essential to the role.

SERPIT 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 female and BAME (black, Asian and minority ethic) candidates 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 Developed Vetting (DV) level. Furthermore, due to the nature and sensitivity of work carried out we require that candidates not only hold this vetting level but that they also undertake additional security clearances which include additional nationality checks. This post is therefore restricted to UK nationals. This is line with government requirements, supported by Cabinet Office policy and Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), and is for the purpose of safeguarding national security, to ensure that any potential vulnerabilities are identified at an early stage.

This is a regional role, you will be required to spend time between the SERPIT hub near Gatwick, Sussex, the CTPSE main hub near Junction 12 M4, Berkshire, plus teams across the region. You will be required to attend SEROCU meetings, with a good combination of travel, and video and tele-conferencing, plus remote working. 

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.

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.

For further information please email quoting the Job Reference 17404.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 23:55hrs on Sunday 22 November 2020.

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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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.