Detective Superintendent - Head of SEROCU (Substantive/On Promotion Opportunity)

South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU)
Flexible within South East Region
Detective Superintendent
Full Time

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We welcome applications from substantive Superintendents and substantive Chief Inspectors supported for promotion, for the role of Detective Superintendent Head of SEROCU (South East Regional Organised Crime Unit).

To learn more click here to see a video from ACC Pete O’Doherty:

The Role

The successful candidate will work to the regional ACC for SEROCU & CTPSE, and will act as the regional lead for Serious and Organised Crime (SOC) and be the primary point of engagement for working with regional forces, strategic partners and the National Crime Agency.

In this role you would provide strategic direction and support for SOC matters and investigations, and will coordinate and deliver SOC business plans and services for the collaborating South East regional forces and partners, as part of a wider ROCU network. You would also be the senior responsible officer for a variety of complex change programmes and for a number of regional and national meetings.

As the Head of SEROCU you will be responsible for developing your leaders and teams to be the best they can, leading on diversity and inclusion to foster a culture of acceptance and tolerance, fostering a culture which recognises and celebrates success, with people at the heart of all they do.

The successful candidate will be an effective leader, with a proven track record of delivering successful operational outcomes and leading complex investigations; PIP 2 accreditation is desirable but not essential. They will have experience of leading and delivering change, and will have experience of building and implementing effective internal and external partnerships

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.

CTP SE and 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 female and BAME (black, Asian and minority ethic) candidates to enable us to truly reflect the communities we serve.

Further Information

At 14:30 on Monday 16th November you can also attend a virtual briefing with ACC Pete O’Doherty where you can hear a little more about the role. If you would like to attend please contact to request further information.

How to Apply

It is important that potential candidates have support from their respective Chief Officer in the light of current performance and career development plans.

There are different application requirements for Substantive Officers and those Officers applying for Promotion. Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the entire application and evidence will be drawn from applicants’ career profile, chief officer recommendation and latest PDR.

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’.

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 (information enclosed within the advert). 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.

Security Clearances

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.

Next Steps

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

Interviews are scheduled to take place on 1st December 2020.

For further information please email quoting the Job Reference 17422


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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.