PC-DC Prison Intelligence Officer

South East Region
Detective Constable
Full Time

The South East Regional Prison Intelligence Team (SERPIT) is responsible for gathering and developing intelligence from Her Majesties Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and other associated establishments relating to national security issues and organised crime.

We are recruiting for Prison Intelligence Officers to join our SERPIT team. You will work with HMPPS and other custodial service providers to identify and exploit intelligence opportunities, establishing good working relationships to manage good order and discipline across the prison estate.

You will be the point of contact between law enforcement and the prison service, providing support, advice and expertise. You will support the management of prisoners who present a risk to our national security, commit or facilitate organised crime. You will also effectively gather and develop intelligence from HMPPS and other associated establishments relating to national security issues and organised crime as well as sharing relevant intelligence with law enforcement and partner agencies.

You will support the management of risk in relation to offenders approaching their release dates through a structured multi-agency screening process. You will provide support and training to HMPPS in relation to intelligence and policing investigations. You will also support with CHIS recruitment in the prison estate, whilst supporting and managing covert tactics within the prison estate in line with the OPT requirements.

To ensure focus on the highest regional priorities, you may need to travel to different establishments to deliver services effectively. You will be expected to manage a caseload of intelligence developments, which you will be held accountable for their progress.

You will have proven experience collating and assessing information in a threat, harm and risk area of business, and presenting the information in a concise, accurate and timely manner. You will also have excellent communication and time management skills including the ability to work under pressure.

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 enhanced 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 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.

Please note Hampshire officers need to complete an AD277 alongside their application via Hampshire HR.

All officers will be required to upload latest PDR (or if no PDR, a recent 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’.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 23:55hrs on 14 March 2021.

For further information please email RecruitmentSE@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk quoting Job Reference 17678


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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.

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.  

Within our organisation we have a number of active staff support networks.  We are proud to be a ‘Disability Confident’ Level 2 ‘Employer’ that is supported by RAMP – our dedicated reasonable adjustments process.   For more information, please visit our ‘Supporting You’ page on our website, www.tvpcareers.co.uk/supporting-you.

We are also proud to have a Positive Action and Engagement team who can provide support and guidance to anyone from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic background throughout the Police Officer recruitment process as well as advise on career development and progression.  They can be contacted via: positiveactionteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk  

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