Grade: Constable
Role code: EPOP0503
Status: Police
Home Office code: Operational
Limited Duties Category: B - full Policing nofullshfts

Main purpose of the role:

To work with police teams and other agencies to develop pro-active operations in line with local policing objectives. Employ a range of means to acquire and develop intelligence in support of identified priorities.

Main responsibilities:

  • To conduct and support colleagues in the process of conducting intelligence approaches with prisoners.
  • Provide advice, guidance and immediate professional assistance to other officers.
  • Make warrant applications at court.
  • Brief operational officers as necessary.
  • Complete local criminal intelligence enquiries on behalf of or with other forces and agencies.
  • Contribute to the effective tasking of Policing Team members by maintaining effective communication links with other FIOs.
  • Compile accurate, comprehensive and concise reports on activity undertaken using word processing facilities.
  • Develop, assess and present information during taskings and other such meetings, as the foundation for proactive law enforcement and crime reduction activity.

Updated August 2014

Vetting level:

Management Vetting (MV) and Security Check (SC)

Necessary experience:

Hours of duty are primarily day and late turn working one weekend in three. Flexibility is necessary, as there is a need for working some unsociable hours as necessary. Post is based within a LPA, but may be required to travel countywide. Plain clothes to be worn for Duty. The Post holder must be prepared to undertake any training relevant to that post.

This Role is PIP Level 1

This post is deemed to be a designated post. Vetting clearance is a pre- requisite of employment in designated posts and the postholder will be subject to management vetting assessment every 7 years. National security vetting clearances are reviewed every 10 years.


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:

Anti-terrorism (Level 3)    

Basic awareness of the principles against terrorist activity, the Security Alert Status Levels and relevant policies. Able to gain information 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 the appropriate personnel if necessary to gain advice as to the gathering and analysis of any information obtained.

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 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 4)       

Able to analyse basic intelligence submitted and/or make decisions about whether it should be followed up or not. If further research is necessary, be able to carry out that task or delegate to another officer. If required, be able to put together basic information packages for others based on the intelligence gained.

Knowledge of Legislation and Policy (Level 4)   

Has a thorough understanding of all legislation, policy and procedure relevant to the current role. Able to apply this and offer advice to colleagues as necessary.

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.

Surveillance - Equipment (Level 5)

Competent in a range of surveillance equipment and has a full understanding of the impact of policies and authorisations needed to use that equipment. And/ or has a comprehensive understanding of the issues surrounding the acquisition and use of CCTV both in relation to police operations and in public and private systems, and manages the function within practical situations.

Tactical Operations (Level 4)       

Plans operations gathering information, intelligence or evidence about specific policing problem aimed at contributing to the achievement of the Force Policing Plan and /or identified local need, ensuring that it is both ethical and conforms to best practice. Complete a thorough risk assessment for operational events, ensuring adequate control measures are in place and that an appropriate contingency plan is developed. Example: Identify the specific policing problem and set the objective of the proposed operation. Research information and intelligence systems and register your interest, as required. Ensure proposed action is co-ordinated with other police interest in the subject. Consider the range of police responses and the involvement of other enforcement agencies. Liaise with the required internal/external agencies and personnel, in accordance with policy. Decide the appropriate response. Obtain necessary authority for the proposed equipment to be used during the operation. Plan operation completing the necessary research, risk and impact assessment and identifying resource and finance requirements, in accordance with IIRMAC. Complete required documented plan and submit it for assessment and authorisation in accordance with the legislation and policy. Compile the authorised operational order and obtain the necessary warrants, in accordance with the legislation and policy. Identify possible hazards and how persons may be affected. Evaluate risks and intelligence before implementing appropriate control measures. Liaise closely with emergency services and other agencies involved in the event when conducting the risk assessment. Produce a comprehensive written record of the event planning and risk assessment process carried out. Prepare a contingency plan and planned tactical responses to anticipate any other significant risks and to ensure the safety of persons concerned so far as is reasonably practicable. If during an event changes or additions occur to the original risk assessment, keep records of any new risks identified, the circumstances and of the control measures put in place. Undertake a review of the risk assessment process after the event to enable information to be highlighted that may be used to enhance safety at future events.

Target Surveillance (Level 3)       

Has a good general awareness of the work of the target referral teams, understands the quality requirements of cases to be referred to these specialist teams and what needs to be done to put together target packages.

National Occupational Standards:


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


CB3 Conduct intelligence driven briefing, tasking and debriefing.


CC501 Champion operational risk management within an operation, project or other law enforcement activity


CG201 Make applications for authorisations


CH201 Plan, prepare and occupy static covert observation posts in an urban environment


CH303 Maintain surveillance logs


CM102 Obtain and analyse information for intelligence purposes.


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


Evaluate information to determine its intelligence potential


Conduct intelligence driven briefing, tasking and debriefing


Produce intelligence products