Police Sergeant/Detective Sergeant - HUMINT Controller

Full Time

Our Covert Operations Unit, part of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) provides undercover capability and advice to the South East Regional Forces.

As a Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS) Controller, you will manage and supervise the SEROCU CHIS development team. You will be responsible for directing the team on the recruitment of CHIS. This will be in line with the Regional threat assessment, to develop intelligence coverage against the primary crime threats and vulnerabilities in the South East Region.

This opportunity is open to substantive Police/Detective Sergeants. We are looking for a candidate with strong leadership skills and a proven operational background. Previous experience of partnership working is essential to the post. Due to the nature of role, you must be trained to National Standards or have the ability to successfully complete a nationally accredited Controllers Course.

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.

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. You will also be part of an on call rota, in order to ensure and maintain the welfare of handlers, duty of care to the CHIS and facilitate the flow of fast-time intelligence.

How to apply

If you are interested, please submit an online application below.

You will be short listed against the Essential Criteria and 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’. Please note Hampshire officers need to complete an AD277 alongside their application via Hampshire HR.

For further information please email RecruitmentSE@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk quoting the Job Reference 17724.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 23:55hrs on Sunday 11 April 2021.

We are hoping to conduct interviews week commencing 26th April 2021.


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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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This opportunity is closed to applications.