Detective Constable - Field Intelligence Officer (FIO), Covert Development Unit (CDU)

Covert Development Unit
North Hampshire/South Thames Valley
Detective Constable
Full Time

We welcome applications from Detective Constables for an exciting opportunity to join our South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) Covert Development Unit (CDU).

You will undertake proactive and reactive intelligence investigations in relation to serious and organised criminal activity, specifically within hidden, high harm areas of crime. You will risk and assess intelligence and information ensuring any high risk issues are rapidly identified. You will develop and disseminate intelligence in accordance with sanctioned operations, ensuring strict adherence to handling conditions and safeguarding of tactics. You will generate and develop Intelligence using a range of different sources including overt, covert, physical and technical methods.

You will have proven experience in identifying and developing information and intelligence. You must have proven experience in covert intelligence gathering technique as well excellent communication skills.

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.

For further information please email  quoting Job Reference 16781

Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 23:55hrs on Sunday 12 April 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.