Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Intelligence (Substantive/On Promotion Opportunity)

South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU)
Near M4 Junction 12
Detective Chief Inspector
Full Time

We welcome applications from substantive Detective Chief Inspectors and Detective Inspectors seeking promotion for the regional role of Detective Chief Inspector Intelligence. This is an exciting opportunity to join our South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) based Near M4, Junction 12.

Working for SEROCU is a job like no other. You will be working with teams which cover an extensive patch stretching over four police forces and tackle the most serious crime. Despite the scale of the geography there is a real one-team ethos and plenty of opportunity for development within the unit.

In this role you will be responsible for the day to day running of the confidential unit, regional intelligence unit and GAIN capability within the ROCU, managing and coordinating these units against intelligence collection and both adopted and developing operations. You will use your subject matter expertise to coordinate the use of the covert and intelligence assets under your command to collect intelligence and enhance operations tasked at both force and regional level against regional Organised Crime Groups and national threats.


The successful applicant will be able to evidence excellent communications skills and effective partnership working experience at a tactical and strategic level. You will be able to demonstrate flexibility, motivation and commitment, with strong leadership skills and the proven ability to set high ethical standards and maintain discipline.

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 SC MV Vetting level, however candidates should also be willing to be vetted to a 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.

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.

All vacancies of Sergeant and above are advertised to substantive and on promotion applicants at the same time; there are different application requirements for Substantive Officers and those Officers applying for Promotion. If you wish to apply you need to have support from Head of Command / Department. 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’. Thames Valley Police (TVP) officers who have already passed the TVP Promotion, can apply as a substantive (above application requirements). 

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. 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.

This vacancy is also open as police staff Head of Intelligence opportunity (Job Ref: 17072).

For further information please email quoting the job reference number 17071.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 23:55hrs on Sunday 02 August 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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.