Job title: Crime Prevention Tactical Adviser Grade: SCALE 5/SCALE 6 Role code: EGE0207 Status: Police Staff Home Office code: Operational Support
Main purpose of the role:
The role comprising of two distinct skill sets Crime Prevention and Designing out Crime. The Crime Prevention aspect provides specialist support, providing the delivery of crime prevention initiatives and tactical options to support the achievement of National strategies/current Crime Prevention Strategy. The Designing Out Crime officer (DOCO) aspect of the role is required to interact with the Local Planning departments & other partners with identifying and mitigating the risk of crime.
Crime Prevention Tactical Adviser Functions:
Develop and assist with the implementation of crime prevention tactical options, interventions & thematic projects, supporting the LPA as directed, to address criminality, crime and quality of life issues, utilising expertise in order to inform / advise the thematic leads of the crime prevention strategies and work to the evidenced based practice of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, (CPTED).
Conduct safeguarding assessments for high risk victims (including Domestic Abuse) in accordance with policies of Essex Police & Associated Partners.
Maintain an assigned portfolio of work by undertaking specific training in order to become a subject matter expert and disseminate expertise to the wider Essex Police community, work with key partners to address specific crime types and issues utilising problem solving techniques and methodology.
Work in partnership with the Media Department to ensure factually accurate material is available for use by the Media Department and other authorised users, including internal and external partners.
Designing out Crime Functions: (Upon Qualification).
Deliver pre-application advice to applicants, support and influence the planning process, whilst promoting the application of Designing out Crime through CPTED concepts within the proposed development, which will include site visits and inspections in line with recognised national standards.
Engage with the Planning Authorities within designated areas and be able to interpret planning drawings & documents enabling the potential risk of crime to be identified and mitigated.
Respond to National initiatives in respect of crime prevention and safeguarding obligations and make informed recommendations to relevant bodies.
Undertake site inspections and prepare reports relating to the estate of Essex Police and allied partner agencies, in order to ensure buildings are secure and resilient.
Amended January 2021
Management Vetting (MV)
Whilst the post holder will be based at a specific station within an LPA, there is a contractual requirement to provide cover across the force area. Hours of work are generally office hours; however, flexibility is required to meet demand.
Essential; Access to a vehicle (with appropriate Business Use insurance) Good keyboard skills, IT literate & experience of using Microsoft office, E-Mail.
Ability to produce written documentation to a professional standard.
Ability to deliver professional presentations to Senior Police Management, public bodies and partnership agencies.
Desirable; (Appropriate training will be provided when in post if not already skilled);
Nationally accredited Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor and Designing Out Crime Officer.
Knowledge of specialist police information technology applications.
Level 4 Certificate: Crime Prevention for Practitioners.
Level 5 Diploma Crime Prevention: Designing out Crime.
Progression Criteria: There is a role requirement that the Post holder will, on successful completion of the Level 4 qualification, progress to the Designing Out Crime Officer role, by fulfilling the below criteria. Upon successful assessment of the following three components, the Crime Prevention Tactical Adviser (CPTA) will be eligible for progression to Scale 6.
The assessment will be completed by the management team.
Training and continued professional development (CPD).
Attend the accredited Level 5 Diploma Crime Prevention: Designing out Crime course, and successful completion of the necessary coursework (to the relevant standard).
Attendance at the annual national training event, (ATLAS), achieving accreditation for both designing out crime and Park Mark initiatives.
Maintain CDP, to keep up to date with all new security standards and developments relating to crime prevention through environmental design, security products, problem solving and relevant regulations. Where recognised, to be a contributing member of professional association and bodies for the force.
Attend bespoke national accredited training for Home Office initiatives including Places of Worship, Safer Streets and other associated mandated internal training.
Attendance at the Eastern Region Designing Out Crime and relevant Designing out Crime meetings.
Planning Process: (On five separate occasions evidence the following to satisfy competence in the form of assessments by the management team):
Identifying plans (via Local Authorities Planning web pages) that require comment by Essex Police. Upon identification of the plans, bring these to the attention of the DOCM. (These plans will form part of the assessment).
Comprehend the consequences of inappropriate or unsubstantiated advice.
Arrange a meeting with the DOCM to discuss the planning application. Whilst at the meeting with the DOCM, deliver a verbal briefing of the findings. Prior to the meeting the CPTA will need to prepare the following:
Identify the crime, risk and threat in the area, using this knowledge and information to shape your observations and recommendations.
Cross section relevant planning documentation and refer to the relevant parts within Secured by Design (SBD) and local planning documentation.
Read and have knowledge of the details within the Design and Access Statement and other pertinent documents to apply designing out crime principles.
Identify and draft an appropriate designing out crime comment.
After the meeting, (using appropriate language), generate the required response to the planning authority in the appropriate format. This will be quality assured by the DOCM.
Update all the relevant administrative tasks.
Where applicable attend and actively participate in meetings with the local planning authorities and developers.
All verbal and written work will be assessed by the management on each occasion.
Secured by Design (SBD) Schemes: (On three separate projects, evidence the following to satisfy competence in the form of assessments by the DOCM and or the SDCOM):
Upon receipt from the DOCM, review the SBD plans inclusive of crime and risk data in the same format as identified for reviewing planning applications.
Upon receipt of an application, arrange a meeting with the DOCM and during the meeting evidence that they have:
Read all the relevant planning documentation.
Read and understand the application, identify salient points that may achieve accreditation (and to what standard).
Visited the proposed site.
Prepared notes identifying observations of the development, noting any concerns. Discuss appropriate solutions and actions with the DOCM.
Complete the required administration and recording process.
Refer ambiguous or contentious issues to the DOCM where appropriate for further consideration prior to comment.
Where applicable, arrange a meeting with the developer in attendance with the management team and:
Facilitate and minute (making appropriate notes) of the meeting.
Discuss the award scheme encouraging the highest achievable accreditation.
Make recommendations in the 3rd party i.e. any response presented on behalf of Essex Police, and must be site specific, justifiable and risk commensurate.
Refer to the relevant sections of the Secured by Design (SBD) guidance document or any other relevant documentation.
Respond to any actions that arise from the meeting.
Following the meeting, prepare written documentation in the appropriate format detailing actions, discussion points and any other relevant information. This will be required to be submitted to the DOCM for assessment and quality assurance, prior to being sent.
When conducting site visits (alongside a member of the management team), the following will need to be demonstrated:
Appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) must be worn.
Necessary risk (health and safety) has been avoided.
Carry out site inspections to monitor progress, asking relevant questions, viewing markings on the physical elements of SBD, whilst recording observations.
Upon completion of the visit, appropriately record the information and complete required paperwork. All verbal and written work will be assessed by the management team on each occasion.
Appeals to the DOCO competency process.
Any appeal to the decision that the conditions of progression have not been fulfilled will be directed in writing to the SDOCM within 7 calendar days of written notification of the decision, outlining the grounds for appeal. Where the decision maker was the SDOCM, then the appeal should be directed to the LPSU Commander within similar time frames.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Architecture (Level 3)
Must have completed the standard Home Office Crime Prevention course. Basic understanding of ACPO Secured by Design policy and the national procedures for architectural liaison. Ability to read building plans and make decisions in consultation with other specialists in the field. Has an appreciation of the products available from commercial companies.
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 Reduction/Prevention (Level 3)
Provide specialist crime reduction advice. Represent the police Force by providing relevant independent crime prevention advice, in accordance with best practice and in order to contribute to the reduction of crime and disorder. Example: Assess problems of crime and disorder, identify community needs and determine priorities. Where appropriate, respond to requests for assistance from community members. Identify the nature and the scope of the preventative action required. Give contemporary, accurate and independent preventative advice in line with the Force guidelines. Record the advice given. Identify and liaise with agencies and groups who can contribute to preventative action, as necessary. Influence the implementation of methods to prevent crime. Raise awareness and promote crime prevention action through using all media. Provide training and education in response to requests and in accordance with priorities. Contribute to the evaluation of success of crime reduction initiatives. Gather and provide feedb ck to support the ongoing development of crime and disorder policy.
Customer Services (Level 3)
Responds promptly and effectively to requests for assistance from customers, establishing and checking their service requirements.Understands the importance of completing accurate customer records and provides them with accurate and up to date information. Works well with others to improve standards of service and gathers information on customer feedback both positive and negative. Confident in face to face and telephone encounters with customers, accurately gauging needs and feelings through observation of behaviour and sensitive questioning. Is helpful and courteous at all times and remains calm, minimising potential conflict situations.
ICT - Communications Technology (Level 3)
Familiar with appropriate communications concepts, connectivity, relative performance and capabilities. Able to interpret user requests to select appropriate equipment or services, and able to resolve many basic faults and errors. Can install radio and communications equipment in vehicles and other settings and is able to complete testing and basic repairs to such equipment.
Intelligence Gathering and Analysis (Level 3)
Able to gain intelligence from various sources and is aware of how to give that information to the relevant department and in what format it is required. Able to liaise with intelligence personnel if necessary to gain advice as to the gathering and analysis of information.
Management 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.
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.