Grade: Constable
Role code: EP90401
Status: Police
Home Office code: Operational
Limited Duties Category: C - Vrbl&Physl RA & fullshfts

Main purpose of the role:

To conduct pro-active and reactive investigations into complex serious and series crimes, ensuring evidence is secured and cases are fully investigated. To ensure a considered decision is taken about the prosecution of the offenders. To robustly seek to disrupt offending, reducing perpetrators criminal opportunities, utilising all available tactics and working closely with multi agency partners.

Main responsibilities:

  • Undertake the investigation of crime within the Essex Police Area, including offender investigation, preparation and submission of evidential files and case papers completed to the highest professional standards and within set time limits. Appearance at court as necessary.
  • Liaise with Area Intelligence Unit and Field Intelligence Officers and contribute information to the relevant Force Intelligence Systems. Remain fully informed of current trends and patterns of all crimes within the division and elsewhere in respect of major crime.
  • Evaluate, disseminate and act upon intelligence information.
  • To attend at reported crime incidents, act as liaison and support officer for victims and witnesses of crimes being investigated. Offer crime reduction advice and ensure awareness of the process of investigation and prosecution.
  • To carry out night turn duties as part of the Essex Police CID Night Cadre, commencing serious crime investigations and providing early investigative direction and advice to colleagues. Undertake duties as directed by the Night DI.
  • Maintain close liaison with Neighbourhood Officers working within the District Police Area in order to promote an interchange of information and assist those officers in the reduction/detection of crime.
  • Gather intelligence information on the activities of local criminals or criminals suspected of being active within the LPA, considering all available tactics to improve the detection and prevention of crime.
  • Carrying out formal/informal interviews of suspects and witnesses within Force guidelines, including carrying out house to house enquiries.
  • Communicate through the use of radios and mobile telephones.
  • Identify specific target areas and work with researchers and other sources to obtain supporting information.
  • Work with other internal departments as temporary attachments.
  • Liaise with internal units and external agencies in order to ensure assistance is available for identifying and tracing offenders and all aspects of investigation are taken into account.
  • Assist in the training of new DCs, and PCs on Neptune attachment as required.
  • Obtain and execute warrants.
  • Undertaking prison visits as required in line with current force policy.
  • Maintain records of work/activities as directed by Supervisor.
  • Undertakes such other reasonable duties as may be required from time to time.

Updated April 2013

Vetting level:

Necessary experience:

The investigation of serious and complex offences require a specialist approach by suitably trained detectives in order to maximise all evidential opportunities and to provide the best possible support for victims.

To work a shift system primarily days and late turns, there will be a requirement to cover nights working on a rota basis. Officers need to be flexible as there is a necessity to work some un-social hours. The post holder will be line managed co-terminus within a District Police Area but will be required to travel countywide according to operational requirements. The post holder will be self-motivated with the ability to plan and organise work effectively, working with minimal supervision. The ability to work under pressure, handle a high caseload and form part of a team is essential.


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:

Crime Investigation (Level 4)       

Able to recognise potential conflicts of interest between solicitors and suspects. Effectively plans and prepares work in order to progress investigatons. Analyses results obtained from interviews etc., in order to identify further offences, offenders and lines of enquiry. Has a comprehensive understanding of identification policies, procedures and their applications. Submits high quality reports and case files within time limits. Has an appreciation of the operating practices of the intelligence unit.

Drugs (Level 3)       

Has a basic understanding of the various types of drugs and paraphernalia used to administer and manufacture illegal substances. Has a good understanding of drugs related offences, relevant legislation, the evidence required to support further investigation and an awareness of the support and assistance that other investigative officers and agencies can offer.

ECYPM (Level 3)     

Understands what is meant by safeguarding and the different ways in which children and young people can be harmed. Recognises when a child or young person may not be achieving their developmental potential and may require a service intervention. Identify appropriate sources of help. Aware of national guidance and local procedures, and own role and responsibilities within these for safeguarding and promoting children and young people's welfare.

Forensic - Crime Scene Management (Level 4) 

Demonstrates a sound working knowledge of a broad range of forensic science services and of all relevant legislation, policies and procedures. Can identify and has practical experience of off-setting scene parameters, securing the scene, identifying, clearing and marking a common approach path. Is aware of the need to control access to the scene and is confident in enforcing this control. Understands the responsibilities of others within a scene and is able to advise colleagues as necessary.

Fraud (Level 3)       

Possesses a basic knowledge of fraud related offences demonstrating the ability to investigate such matters. Able to deal with fairly complex legal issues. Demonstrates an aptitude to undertake and complete the Fraud Squad training programme, leading to a Diploma in Fraud Investigation.

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.

Incident / Scene Management & Contl (Level 4)

Maintains an overview of the incident. Sets up appropriate and effective cordons. Following assessment of the situation gives estimates for additional personnel requirements and specialist teams. Uses knowledge and assessment of staff capabilities to effectively deploy attending personnel and maintains awareness of the location of all deployed resources. Aware of the need to balance the gathering of evidence with the need to resolve the incident. Aware of Area contingency plans and able to initiate further action.

Informant Handling (Level 3)       

Up to date knowledge of informant handling policy and relevant best practice sufficient to the current role. Able to recognise possible sources of recruitment and liaise with the appropriate KPM Team.

Information Management & Technology (Level 3)      

Knows the range of police information systems available locally to support daily activities, and understands their uses. Can use police information systems to perform routine tasks. May be able to create simple records, and amends data to add information, within requirements of role. Understands data quality issues.

Intelligence Gathering & 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.

Interviewing - General (Level 3)   

Demonstrates the ability to conduct effective routine interviews for a variety of purposes. Prepares and plans carefully and is clear about the purpose of the interview. Asks relevant questions and is able to obtain the required information. Regularly reviews personal interview performance. Adapts style to suit the needs of the interview.

Interviewing - Suspects (Level 5)  

Has successfully completed an advanced interviewers course and is able to effectively demonstrate the skills and abilities learned. Shows an awareness of how personality affects the inter-action of communication between people and has a basic understanding in the psychological analysis of conversation.

Interviewing - Witnesses (Level 5)

Experienced in using the Cognitive interviewing technique in order to obtain detailed and accurate accounts which will withstand scrutiny at court.

Knowledge of Legislation and Policy (Level 3)   

Demonstrates a sound working knowledge of all legislation, policies and procedures relevant to the current role. Familiar with all five codes of practice but particularly well versed in the practical application of codes A, B and E. Able to apply this knowledge to suit the needs of the current role.

Mgmt of Police Information (MOPI) (Level 4)    

Full compliance with Level 3. 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 and has working understanding of appropriate National Retention Schedules. Is able to quality assure own records management processes as well as those of any staff for whom they have supervisory responsibility. Is aware of where to seek further support in relation to Records management within force when necessary. If nominated as an Information Asset Assistant is familiar with the NPCC Information Asset Owners Handbook.

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.

Search (Level 3)     

Has a basic level of search awareness and/or exhibits the skills gained on a search awareness course. Understands the principals of stop and search and their application. Able to deal with associated paperwork, handling of exhibits and gathering of evidence. Has a good working knowledge of PACE powers and warrants and application of the same.

Staff Safety (Level 4)

Has been trained in the skills and demonstrates the ability to apply elements of the staff safety programme. These are: Communication Skills, Handcuffing Skills, Unarmed Skills, Incapacitant Skills, Baton Skills and Edged Weapons Awareness. Currently authorised to use these techniques, having received initial or refresher training within the last 12 months. Able to apply these . techniques in practical situations minimising the risk of injury to themselves and ensuring their own safety and the safety of colleagues and members of the public.

Victim Support (Level 3)    

Able to support victims, their families and other witnesses as required during initial contact with the police. Aware of other organisations or departments that can be used as a reference in order that they receive the desired support if it is beyond the scope of the officer to deal directly.

Vulnerable Victims (Level 3)        

Has a working knowledge of the responsibilities of the police in respect of child protection, domestic violence and other vulnerable victims and persons in custody. Is aware of the basic person at risk procedure and knows how to begin the process. Is aware of the need for all vulnerable victims to be dealt with in a thoughtful and understanding manner and demonstrates the skill of being able to talk to people in distress. Has a working knowledge of law and procedure.

National Occupational Standards:


BE2 Provide initial support to victims, survivors and witnesses and assess their need for further support.


CB1 Gather and submit information that has the potential to support law enforcement objectives.


CD1 Provide an initial response to incidents.


CD5 Arrest, detain or report individuals


CI101 Conduct priority and volume investigations


CI102 (2G3) Conduct serious and complex investigations.


CJ101 Interview victims and witnesses in relation to priority and volume investigations


CJ202 (2H4) Interview suspects in relation to serious and complex investigations.


CJ201 (2H2) Interview suspects in relation to priority and volume investigations


CJ202 (2H4) Interview suspects in relation to serious and complex investigations.


CK1 Carry out systematic searches of vehicles, premises and open areas.


CK2 Carry out systematic searches of vehicles, premises and open areas.