Job title: Investigating Officer Grade: SCALE 5/SCALE 6 Role code: END0515 Status: Police Staff Home Office code: Operational
Main purpose of the role:
Undertake and assist in investigations carried out by the Major Crime Department and, when required, other departments; taking on key roles within each investigation, researching, gathering and obtaining evidence and intelligence by a variety of means and conducting a range of investigative duties, in order to secure best evidence and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of investigations undertaken by the Department.
Interview witnesses and victims of crime, including Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interviews with vulnerable witnesses, assisting in regard to suspect interviews, taking high quality, accurate statements for inclusion into case files and undertaking assessment of the veracity of statements and the potential reliability of witnesses in Court in order to ensure evidence is correctly captured and recorded to support investigations.
Coordinate and manage the seizure and viewing of CCTV, viewing material, analysing information, and recording elements in comprehensive reports of evidential and intelligence value; coordinate house to house enquiries, instructing officers as required, in order to support investigations and also provide evidence in person at court as required.
Undertake a range of investigative research through Holmes, PNC, telephony and other relevant systems/ procedures, maintaining accurate records, analysing information, and producing a range of reports, in order to support the investigation of major crime by the department.
Support and advise the families of victims of major crime and witnesses of crime, providing information and updates in relation to case progress and the judicial system, in order to ensure that witnesses and families receive appropriate support and also to assist in progressing investigations.
Assist in major crime searches, and act as exhibits officer when appointed, ensuring the integrity of evidence retrieved, recording receipt of exhibits, organising the storage and appropriate security of exhibits, including the handling of hazardous materials and returning items when authorised to do so, in order to ensure the continuity of evidence and the correct recording of physical evidence and property.
Build, complete and correctly compile case papers, witness and exhibit lists, undertaking the case disclosure role wherever necessary; give evidence in person at court, in the capacity of a number of roles, in order to ensure that high professional standards and evidential integrity are achieved on each case.
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 major crime investigations and documentation is of the highest standard and complies with such legislation and policy.
Management Vetting required.
Recent experience in criminal investigations, conducting interviews and taking statements in investigative processes would be an advantage but is not essential.
Maturity, confidence and professionalism are necessary in order to deal with a wide range of situations. The ability to present well is essential due to the requirement to attend court.
This role is a designated post. 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 able to effectively prioritise workload.
Excellent communication skills are required, along with the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
Comprehensive IT skills are essential, including Microsoft Office products. Knowledge of Police systems, in particular HOLMES2 would be an advantage.
PIP Level 2 qualification would be an advantage.
The post holder will be required to travel as part of their duty and therefore a full UK driving licence is essential.
The post holder must be flexible and prepared to work extended hours at short notice as required in order to support urgent operational needs.
Knowledge of Law, PACE, CPIA, codes of practice and rules of evidence in relation to investigation of crime is also necessary for this role.
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.
Advanced Information Searching (Level 3)
Accredited to use an operational police information system (e.g. Genesis, PNC, HOLMES) to an advanced level. Possesses a detailed understanding of system operating rules and protocols. Uses the system to its' full potential, to create and amend records, as necessary, and to retrieve information from complex data searches. Understands the significance of the search results and can provide guidance on the reliability of any further data analysis. Effectively monitors the quality of data in the work of others using the system and takes appropriate corrective action.
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 and 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 and 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 and 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.
Interviewing - General (Level 4)
Has received some training in reliable interviewing techniques and is able to apply these techniques fairly, consistently and to good effect. Identifies the key issues for examination and tests these using open and probing questions. Identifies weaknesses and inconsistencies in the account and seeks clarification. Keeps good written records of the interview for future.
Interviewing - Suspects (Level 3)
Demonstrates the skills contained within the Kent Police PEACE course. Effectively uses a good working knowledge of legislation relating to interviews significant statements and special warnings. Able to confidently prepare an interview strategy using available resources including recognising the value of intelligence, and understands the management of disclosure and no comment interviews.
Interviewing - Witnesses (Level 3)
Demonstrates the skills contained within the Kent Police PEACE course which incorporates cognitive interviewing. Shows use of this style of interviewing and can apply it operationally giving consideration to identification and procedural issues. Successfully undertakes initial telephone investigation of crime.
Knowledge of Police Environment and Policy (Level 3)
Has a basic awareness of current policing issues, the environment in which Kent Police and / or Essex Police operate and developments in the way the County is policed. Possesses sufficient knowledge of the roles of the various Areas / Departments, organisation structures and police systems to operate effectively. Understands appreciates and adheres to working procedures, practices and policies relevant to the current role. Familiar with Force goals and local business plan objectives.
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.
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.
Office Technology (Level 3)
Able to utilise relevant Force standard office software products such as word- processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation and desktop publishing packages to a standard that matches the requirements of the current role in terms of quality and speed. Can operate other items of essential office technology such as photocopiers, facsimile machines, answerphones, shredders, in order to effectively undertake the requirements of the current role. Aware of the implications of Data Protection and acts appropriately in this respect.
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.
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.