Grade: Constable
Role code: EPOP0243
Status: Police
Limited Duties Category: AA - Full policing & shifts

Main purpose of the role:

Provide a speciality dog support function to all aspects of operational policing. Provide a response and patrol function, attending all emergency and priority calls. To operate from a single base but deploy Countywide.

Main responsibilities:

  • Attend all emergency and priority calls as well as any other non emergency incidents you are directed to.
  • Provide high visibility targeted patrols according to current intelligence, tasking and co-ordination priorities and force objectives.
  • To undertake solo pro-active intelligence led patrols.
  • In attending incidents apply "golden hour" principles including effective scene preservation, the identification of victims, suspects and witnesses, the preservation of evidence and recording appropriate details.
  • Commence investigations which may include statement taking and making early arrests.
  • In appropriate cases, likely to those that can be resolved, without risk to animal welfare requirements, deal with some investigations and road traffic collisions to their conclusion.
  • Ensure that all you do promotes the ethos of excellent customer service and getting it right first time.
  • Ensure relevant paperwork is submitted in a timely manner.
  • To ensure compliance with ACPO and Essex Police policy in respect of animal welfare of all dogs that come into the care and control of the dog unit.
  • To undertake initial and continuation training as required in relation to dog standards and licensing.
  • To undertake kennel duties as required.
  • To provide expert advice to all officers in relation to dog related welfare and legislation.
  • To be prepared to undertake dog tactic public order training.
  • To engage in community events and deliver presentations and educational advice to the community and other agencies as required.
  • To care for a police dog at home, whilst off duty, and provide suitable vehicle transportation in accordance with Essex Police policy.
  • To maintain a level of fitness pursuant to the role.

Updated May 2014

Vetting level:

Necessary experience:

This is a uniformed role based at a central dog hub, but may require countywide travel.

The post is a front line operational role working within a nominated 24/7 shift pattern and includes weekend, bank and public holiday duties.


MANDATORY SKILLS (required to have to undertake post) Response Driving Permit

Pass basic dog course

ESSENTIAL SKILLS (necessary training when in post) Initial Phase Pursuit

Fast Road Trained Staying Alive Crime file

Maintain dog license

DESIRABLE SKILLS (ongoing development in post) Dog Legislation

Specialist search dog


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 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.

Dog Handling (Level 3)      

Shows a good working knowledge of the requirements and responsibilities of the dog section and / or demonstrates the skills and abilities of dog handling as taught on the Basic Dog Handlers Course. Shows empathy with the dog. Has the ability to introduce basic obedience with the dog and continually re-enforces techniques taught.

Driving (Level 5)     

Has successfully completed the Operational Standard Driving course within the past 5 years and meets the aims and objectives of the course. Additionally may have been reauthorised to that level within the past 5 years. Meets the criteria set in the Competency Framework Risk Assessment Guide on Health Care. Authorised to use blue lights and sirens to respond in accordance with force policy If required by role, authorised to drive unmarked police vehicles in mobile surveillance operations, and/or is authorised to ride motorcyles at a . standard level having passed a Standard Motorcycle course.

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.

Firearms (Level 3)   

Has an appreciation of what weapons can do and an appreciation of the safety issues involved. Aware of basic types of weapon and their capabilities. Aware of how to deal with incidents and where to call for support.

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 3)

Able to undertake initial examination and assessment of an incident. Able to give clear and precise situation reports. Sets up effective communication and control points. Has an awareness of hazardous materials and devices and makes safety a first priority where risk is apparent. Able to request additional support and /or supervisory personnel and any other service which may be required. Aware of the requirements needed to secure and preserve evidence at the scene. Aware of Gold-Silver command arrangements.

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.

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.

Public Order (Level 4)       

Shows a good working knowledge of the procedures and techniques utilised in cell block restraint. Demonstrates competence in the defensive and offensive use of public order equipment. Shows the confidence and discipline to work with colleagues to detain violent and deranged persons. Has a working knowledge of IIMAC and other briefing techniques. Aware of basic equipment for entering premises. Has an appreciation of the consequences of entering premises.

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 4)     

Has a high level of search awareness and handling of exhibits seized. Is able to co-ordinate searches and collate associated items seized and ensure their integrity, security and continuity for any future court case.

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.

Traffic (Level 3)      

Able to deal with minor road accidents and has a good working knowledge of basic traffic reporting. Can identify offences under Construction and Use legislation and deal with prosecution procedure. Has a good working knowledge of the law relating to alcohol and driving and is able to administer breath tests. Competent to deal with the escorting of abnormal loads. Has a good awareness of road safety issues.

National Occupational Standards:


ZJ1 Monitor and maintain the health, wellbeing and safety of dogs


ZJ2 Maintain and develop the performance of dogs


ZJ3 Contribute to the security of the custodial environment using a dog


ZJ4 Prepare for, and carry out, searches using a dog