Job title: Op Raptor DC Grade: Constable Role code: EPPN0107 Status: Police Limited Duties Category: AA - Full policing & shifts
Main purpose of the role:
Tackling County Lines and Gangs.The main priority of this team is to keep all people involved or affected by County Lines and Gangs safe from harm. Deployed with direction provided by the Local and Force Tasking Meeting, and in line With the Force. Control Strategy, the Op Raptor team focusses on County Lines & Urban Street Gangs, with the aim of eradicating County Lines from Essex and tackling urban street gangs and associated violence. Using real time intelligence to focus on emerging problems, the team will make the LPA an impossible market environment for gangs from other force areas to operate within. A key objective of the team is the safeguarding of young and vulnerable people.
To disrupt criminal activity, investigate offences, prosecute offenders and protect victims linked to County lines and Gangs
Mitigate threat, harm and risk faced by both offenders/associates working in/for County Lines and thereby safeguarding the community, protecting vulnerable persons caught up with the gangs
Recognise the dual status of many offenders who can often simultaneously be victims forced to work a line or co-erced by extreme threat of violence to undertake criminal activity
Safeguard as best as possible ALL persons, including those considered to be perpetrators and offenders, cognisant of the extreme risk for all that is created by necessary Pro-Active Policing
Ensure relevant and necessary intelligence and information is gathered in each case, creating a package That can be forwarded to other forces or agencies concerned with ongoing safeguarding of the individuals
Undertake the more complex and in depth investigations involving multi- faceted enquiries, such as large scale conspiracy, modern day slavery and human trafficking matters
Plan and undertake detailed interviews of victims, recognising they might also be dual status, attempting to illicit not only offences that they may have undertaken, but also importantly those that might have been perpetrated against them in a sensitive and structured manner, if necessary with intermediary , third party or other agency involvement
Thoroughly investigate the period of time for those that have been missing (from care or otherwise) to establish if they have been the victims of CCE / CSE
Advise on and develop the use of Optica, Router evidence, Chorus data, ANPR analysis, forensics submission, POCA seizure, financial investigation, rules of evidence and disclosure, imparting investigative knowledge and keeping abreast of developments through regular CPD
Recognise and suggest offence routes such as HT&MDS offences, money laundering, conspiracy sexual offences, CCE, CSE, abduction and co- ercion as alternatives to easier to prove PWITS offences where appropriate
Obtain and execute search warrants and support the search, acting either as an officer in the case, searching or exhibits officer, ensuring integrity of evidence retrieved and the accurate recording of exhibits.
Deal with prisoners and subsequent case management of those arrested, submitting high quality case files to ensure the best chances to achieving success through the Criminal Justice System.
Liaise with other teams, departments and partner agencies to address issues surrounding the management of both victims and perpetrators, including liaison with CAIT, ASAIT, MASH, MASH(+), Triage in respect of both children, young persons and vulnerable adults
Work with partner agencies in relation to safeguarding of vulnerable people and/or children, paying attention to Data Protection / GDPR / information sharing agreements.
Maintain good working relationships with Community Policing Teams especially Missing Person Liaison Officers and Children and Young Persons Officers, to promote sharing of information and to assist CPT Officers in the reduction/detection of crime.
Proactive planning and implementation of initiatives to mitigate threat, harm and risk presented by County Lines Urban Street Gangs. Taking into account vulnerabilities of both suspects and victims.
Undertake a range of investigative research through PNC, telephony, OPTICA and other relevant Systems processes, maintaining accurate records, analysing information and producing a range of reports as required.
Carry out formal/informal interviews of suspects and witnesses within Force guidelines, including carrying out house to house enquiries.
Undertake prison visits as required.
The post holder must be flexible and prepared to work extended hours at short notice as required in order to support urgent operational needs.
PIP 2 accreditation and good basic policing experience beyond probationary period including experience of working within an investigative team such as CID, ASAIT, CAIT, JUNO or other is desirable.
The aspiration is to have 50% detective accreditation with the Op Raptor Team.
An understanding of safeguarding processes including a basic knowledge of MACE, MASH, MASH(+), Triage and the work of the Crime and Public Protection Safeguarding Ops Centre.
Good IT skills are a necessity for this post which would encompass and application of Essex Police and national systems.
Good understanding of Urban Street Gangs and the issues they create: vulnerability, hidden harm and exploitation.
Knowledge of law PACE, RIPA, 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.