Job title: POLIT DC
Grade: Constable
Role code: EPPPU331
Status: Police

Main purpose of the role:

Support the proactive and reactive investigative capability to reported incidents of indecent images of children by developing and implementing an investigation and intelligence strategy from the initial receipt of the intelligence through to conviction, implementing safeguarding procedures where necessary for the protection of children and young people.

Main responsibilities:

  • Undertake a range of investigative opportunities including interpreting intelligence received, obtaining search warrants, manage complex computer investigations and liaison with other agencies such as CEOP, social care and other agencies involved in child protection.
  • Responsible for key roles within all aspects of the POLIT arena including conducting research into all required intelligence systems, obtaining search warrants in relation to sexual offenders, be able to act as exhibits officer and understand the complexity of seizing electronic items and the correct packaging and storage methods.
  • View and grade Indecent Images of Children as well as grading Prohibited and Extreme Pornographic images. National Grading Accreditation will need to be achieved to enable the officer to give expert evidence in Court trials.
  • Carry out arrests, interview suspects, victims and witnesses, take statements for investigations and obtain relevant evidence.
  • Liaise with the Crown Prosecution Service for advice and charging decisions, submitting high quality case files and remaining as the Case Officer for the duration of the investigation until court proceedings take place or the matter is otherwise concluded.
  • Identify, locate and bring to justice offenders who make use of the internet to abuse children and young persons. Protect and safeguard children and young people through the provision of specialist information and support to other professionals, families and the community. Ensure that relevant safeguarding referrals are made where necessary and complete risk management plans for offenders who may be at risk of harm.
  • Flexibility for the POLIT role and duty changes may be required in order to meet operational needs. Investigations can be protracted and have an element of immediacy due to the safeguarding of children/young people.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation and force policy for example criminal law, PACE and CPIA and RIPA in order to ensure investigations and documentation is of the highest standards and complies with such legislation and policy.

-October 2019

Vetting level:

Necessary experience:

Mandatory Skills:

The Detective Constable will require the below skills or be willing to undergo training; PIP 2 (NIE and ICIDP), Child Abuse Image Database (CAID), Cybercrime, Open Source, National Grading Accreditation, any other specialist software in use within POLIT.

The DC may also be required to undergo training in specialist covert software and PND.

The DC will be required to travel as part of their duty and therefore a full UK driving licence is essential.

The role holder will be subject to mandatory psychological screening at intervals determined by occupational health due to the psychological demands of the post.

Essential skills:

The role holder must be able to communicate and deal with adults and children at all levels. They should be confident and professional as they will be dealing with a wide range of situations, some of which will be of a disturbing nature. The role holder must be highly motivated, proactive and be able to build and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues.

There will be a requirement to work alongside other departments including the Child Abuse Investigation Department and cross border operations with other forces so an ability to work collaboratively is essential.

There is a requirement to liaise with outside agencies in order to safeguard children and young people.

Person specification:

Experience in dealing with complex criminal investigations would be an advantage. A knowledge of and experience in risk assessment, vulnerabilities, Public Protection Crimes, hidden harm and exploitation would be beneficial.

A good technical and practical knowledge of computers and the internet along with an understanding of the risk management of child sex offenders would be an advantage.

They should be able to work individually without direct supervision as the role requires the investigation officer to take responsibility for their own investigations.

A high level of integrity is required due to the confidential and sensitive material dealt with by the post holder.

The post holder will be required to work to strict deadlines and therefore must be organised and be able to effectively prioritise their work load.

The post holder must be flexible and prepared to work extended hours at short notice as required in order to support urgent operational needs.


Analyse Critically (Level 1)

I recognise the need to think critically about issues. I value the use of analysis and testing in policing. I take in information quickly and accurately. I am able to separate information and decide whether it is irrelevant or relevant and its importance. I solve problems proactively by understanding the reasons behind them, using learning from evidence and my experiences to take action. I refer to procedures and precedents as necessary before making decisions. I weigh up the pros and cons of possible actions, thinking about potential risks and using this thinking to inform our decisions. I recognise gaps and inconsistencies in information and think about the potential implications. I make decisions in alignment with our mission, values and the Code of Ethics.

Collaborative (Level 1)

I work cooperatively with others to get things done, willingly giving help and support to colleagues. I am approachable, and explain things well so that I generate a common understanding. I take the time to get to know others and their perspective in order to build rapport. I treat people with respect as individuals and address their specific needs and concerns. I am open and transparent in my relationships with others. I ensure I am clear and appropriate in my communications.

Deliver, Support and Inspire (Level 1)

I take on challenging tasks to help to improve the service continuously and support my colleagues. I understand how my work contributes to the wider police service. I understand it is part of my collective responsibility to deliver efficient services. I take personal responsibility for making sure that I am working effectively to deliver the best service, both individually and with others. I am conscientious in my approach, working hard to provide the best service and to overcome any obstacles that could prevent or hinder delivery. I support the efficient use of resources to create the most value and to deliver the right impact. I keep up to date with changes in internal and external environments. I am a role model for the behaviours I expect to see in others and I act in the best interests of the public and the police service.

Emotionally Aware (Level 1)

I treat others with respect, tolerance and compassion. I acknowledge and respect a range of different perspectives, values and beliefs within the remit of the law. I remain calm and think about how to best manage the situation when faced with provocation. I understand my own emotions and I know which situations might affect my ability to deal with stress and pressure. I ask for help and support when I need it. I understand the value that diversity offers. I communicate in clear and simple language so that I can be easily understood by others. I seek to understand the thoughts and concerns of others even when they are unable to express themselves clearly.

Innovative and Open-minded (Level 1)

I demonstrate an openness to changing ideas, perceptions and ways of working. I share suggestions with colleagues, speaking up to help improve existing working methods and practices. I constantly reflect on my own way of working and periodically review processes and procedures for continuous improvements. I adapt to change and am flexible as the need arises while encouraging others to do the same. I learn from my experiences and do not let myself be unduly influenced by preconceptions.

Take Ownership (Level 1)

I actively identify and respond to problems. I approach tasks with enthusiasm, focusing on public service excellence. I regularly seek feedback to understand the quality of my work and the impact of my behaviour. I recognise where I can help others and willingly take on additional tasks to support them, where appropriate. I give feedback to others that I make sure is understandable and constructive. I take responsibility for my own actions, I fulfil my promises and do what I say I will. I will admit if I have made a mistake and take action to rectify this. I demonstrate pride in representing the police service. I understand my own strengths and areas for development and take responsibility for my own learning to address gaps.


Impartiality (Accredited)

I take into account individual needs and requirements in all of my actions. I understand that treating everyone fairly does not mean everyone is treated the same. I always give people an equal opportunity to express their views. I communicate with everyone, making sure the most relevant message is provided to all. I value everyone's views and opinions by actively listening to understand their perspective. I make fair and objective decisions using the best available evidence. I enable everyone to have equal access to services and information, where appropriate.

Integrity (Accredited)

I always act in line with the values of the police service and the Code of Ethics for the benefit of the public. I demonstrate courage in doing the right thing, even in challenging situations. I enhance the reputation of my organisation and the wider police service through my actions and behaviours. I challenge colleagues whose behaviour, attitude and language falls below the public's and the service's expectations. I am open and responsive to challenge about my actions and words. I declare any conflicts of interest at the earliest opportunity. I am respectful of the authority and influence my position gives me. I use resources effectively and efficiently and not for personal benefit.

Public Service (Accredited)

I act in the interest of the public, first and foremost. I am motivated by serving the public, ensuring that I provide the best service possible at all times. I seek to understand the needs of others to act in their best interests. I adapt to address the needs and concerns of different communities. I tailor my communication to be appropriate and respectful to my audience. I take into consideration how others want to be treated when interacting with them. I treat people respectfully regardless of the circumstances. I share credit with everyone involved in delivering services.

Transparency (Accredited)

I ensure that my decision-making rationale is clear and considered so that it is easily understood by others. I am clear and comprehensive when communicating with others. I am open and honest about my areas for development and I strive to improve. I give an accurate representation of my actions and records. I recognise the value of feedback and act on it. I give constructive and accurate feedback. I represent the opinions of others accurately and consistently. I am consistent and truthful in my communications. I maintain confidentiality appropriately.

Technical skills:

Community Partnerships (Level 3)

Work with the community partners and other agencies to solve community problems in accordance with the relevant legislation policy procedures and partnership agreements. Example: Take positive steps to develop and maintain your awareness of community issues. Respond positively to community members who identify problems. Record and take appropriate action to deal with the issues raised. Obtain information and intelligence from the community, partners and other agencies. Use analysis of information and intelligence to identify the causes and effects of the problems. Develop partnership solutions, in consultation with the community and other agencies. Take action to implement solutions, with the assistance of police departments and partners, having obtained the appropriate authority. Continually monitor the effectiveness of the partnership strategy. Provide feedback to appropriate police personnel and partners.

Crime Investigation (Level 3)

Able to identify offences and offenders. Able to conduct street identifications Completes routine interviews to determine and establish events and identify potential witnesses. Plans and prepares further actions. Has an awareness of other agencies and the assistance they can give in providing information and/or assistance with the investigation. Collates all relevant information into appropriate written form, providing reports of a sufficient clarity and quality to enable the evidence contained to be used to further the investigation. Able to gather or preserve any physical evidence at the scene. Able to investigate basic intelligence/information gained in order to validate it where necessary and/or prepare further work from it.

Forensic - Crime Scene Management (Level 3)

Has a working knowledge of the preservation of evidence and practical experience in identifying scene parameters and securing crime scenes. Aware of the method of establishing and clearing a common approach path. Possesses a basic knowledge of the concepts of forensic evidence and the technical aids available within Force. Understands issues relating to scene contamination and can take practical steps to avoid it.

Health & Safety (Level 3)

Has a basic understanding of Health and Safety issues affecting the current role and working environment. Takes responsibility for personal safety and the safety of others. Aware of hazards and reports problems identified to line manager. Understands and minimises the physical risk of injury through the use of proper manual handling procedures.

Information Gathering & Analysis (Level 4)

Is able to identify reliable and appropriate sources of information and select methods of gathering information which are efficient and effective. Has a working knowledge of legislation and policy relevant to the collection, recording, storage and distribution of information.

Information Management & Technology (Level 4)

Can conduct basic computer searches and can correctly interpret data generated. Can create and amend records, according to role requirement. Knows established rules and protocols. Understands impact of data quality, and is self-monitoring on data quality issues.

Inspection (Level 3)

Is able to undertake testing of systems for compliance, using predetermined frameworks. Can report findings accurately and in the required format. Is able to conduct routine interviews on the subject under review.

Know. of Leg. & Procedure-Spec Const (Level 4)

Has a sound understanding of all legislation as mentioned above. Shows a sound working knowledge of policies and procedures relevant to the current role. Able to apply this knowledge and offer advice to colleagues as necessary.

Mgmt of Police Information (MOPI) (Level 3)

Has a basic understanding of the APP for Information Management (incorporating MOPI guidance) and its practical application. Recognises when there is a policing purpose to record information. Is familiar with the NPCC Retention Schedule. Takes personal responsibility to ensure information is recorded accurately and is retained for as long as it has a policing purpose and is stored in such way to allow it to be accessed by those with legitimate reason. Securely disposes of material which no longer has a policing purpose. Has successfully completed all standard relevant Information Management and Security, training package(s). Accurate use of Government Security Classification (GSC). Ensures physical and digital records are stored with appropriate security relevant to the sensitivity of the documents.

Research Techniques (Level 3)

Conducts basic research work, usually with a relatively narrow focus and is able to find out all the required relevant information or data for the task set. Can present findings in a logical and easily understood manner.

Risk Management (Level 3)

Demonstrates an awareness of personal risk management issues, challenges or difficulties likely to affect the post holder in the execution of their duties. Able to anticipate risks likely to affect their work and knows how to communicate the likelihood and possible impacts of such events to line managers or supervisors.

Training (Level 3)

Able to present and convey ideas and new/ revised procedures, on a one to one or group basis, to a logical and well structured plan. Aware of a variety of training techniques, tools and principles.

Victim Support (Level 4)

Good working knowledge of victim support techniques both internal and external to the organisation. Able to support victims and other interested parties during an investigation which may lead to a court case. Able to act as an advisor for other staff on support services available.

Vulnerable Victims (Level 4)

Has a sound understanding of the legal and procedural issues surrounding all vulnerable victims and is able to advise others. Familiar with procedure with regard to children taken into police protection. Has knowledge of the work of officers of the Social Services, NSPCC and other voluntary agencies in providing on-going support and care for all victims. Demonstrates the ability to successfully gain evidence and bring a case to Court.