Detective Inspector - South East Regional Prison Intelligence Unit (SERPIT)

South East Regional Prison Intelligence Unit (SERPIT), CTP SE & SEROCU
Near M4, Junction 12 or Near Gatwick
Full Time

Applications are invited from substantive Inspectors and substantive Sergeants seeking promotion, for a Detective Inspector, as part of Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTP SE)/South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).

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

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

In addition to working to identified national and regional priorities, PIO’s are the gateway between law enforcement and the prison service and will provide support, advice and expertise in relation to all prison related matters.

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 have proven leadership abilities and experience of intelligence systems and procedures together with associated legislation. You will have a sound knowledge of the National Intelligence Model (NIM) and experience in the submission of RIPA authorities and management of associated product.

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 must be prepared to be security cleared to Developed Vetting (DV).

For the purposes of safeguarding national security, applicants who do not hold or acquire the appropriate security clearances (which may include STRAP) and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post. This post is therefore restricted to UK nationals. As such, in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post.

Substantive Officers – please click on the ‘Apply’ button (below) to submit an online application form. You will be short listed against the essential criteria. You will be required to upload your latest PDR and a copy of your training record. Thames Valley Police (TVP) Officers will also need to complete and upload the Recommendation for Appointment Form (enclosed with the job advert).

Officers applying on promotion - in addition to the above you will be required to upload 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 in the rank of Inspector in accordance with the core competencies (CVF). 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 AO/DO Reference Form and latest PDR (including CPD). You can upload the AO/DO Reference Form in the ‘Line Managers Approval Form’ section. TVP Officers seeking promotion will not need to upload Recommendation for Appointment Form (enclosed with the job advert).

If you are having a problems uploading the Recommendation for Appointment or AO/DO Reference Form, please e-mail these to

For further information please email or telephone 01865 555839 quoting 15200.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 23:55hrs on Sunday 09 December 2018

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.


Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here


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.

We will consider applications from flexible workers and look for job share opportunities where possible.

This opportunity is closed to applications.