Job title: PSD DC Grade: Constable Role code: EPCN136 Status: Police Home Office code: Operational Limited Duties Category: C - Vrbl&Physl RA & fullshfts
Main purpose of the role:
Undertake pro-active and re-active investigations into allegations of corruption, criminality and gross misconduct by police officers and police staff that contravene both Criminal legislation and the Standards of Professional Behaviour, ensuring that the best possible evidence is secured and that cases are fully and efficiently investigated, in order to maintain the integrity of the Force to ensure that officers conduct themselves in accordance with its expectations whilst maintain public confidence
Undertake investigations in relation to criminal misconduct matters against police officers or police staff including developing investigative strategy, conducting witness enquiries, obtaining and preparing evidence and attending and giving evidence at any court or misconduct hearing in accordance with the relevant legislation, ensuring that the welfare needs of those under investigation are taken into account at all times, in order to gather and reconcile contrary evidence and prepare draft reports to the Head of Dept., CPS and IOPC.
Act as an expert resource in investigative techniques, CPIA compliance & exhibit handling in relation to Corruption investigations, advising on alternative lines of enquiry or further action to be taken, in order to support both reactive & proactive investigations, ensuring that all policy & legislation is complied with and bringing the investigative process to a positive conclusion.
Review working practices, including the handling of unused intelligence material, highlighting compliance with CPIA, identifying good practice and raising issues to the appropriate level, in order to maintain corporate processes, including the implementation of revised working practices & processes to streamline future investigation processes and share best practice.
Identify officers and staff subject of corruption allegations and determine the need to conduct an overt / covert investigation or serve relevant notices in accordance with the requirements of regulations and policy to ensure officers and staff are aware of the complaint/allegation, and to protect the investigation and any subsequent hearing from an abuse of process defence.
Interview, under caution, police officers and staff whom it is alleged have committed criminal or disciplinary offences and prepare detailed reports for the Senior Investigating Officer, including draft recommendations& conclusions as appropriate, or case papers for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider the outcomes of the investigation.
Maintain working knowledge of RIPA, Police Regulations, CHIS and other covert tactics and attending CPD events to ensure knowledge remains up to date and that investigations remain compliant with force police and legislation.
Prepare briefing material for team and Chief Officer Briefings, ensuring that confidential/sensitive information is not disclosed, progressed or circulated inappropriately.
Keeping complainants and other stakeholders (PSD, Chief Officers, IOPC, OPFCC and CPS) informed of progress and outcomes whilst managing individual expectations, logging lessons learned and identify training issues to ensure public confidence is maintained.
Maintain a sound working knowledge of Centurion and other systems relevant to PSD investigations to ensure efficient and effective use of the systems
Management Vetting required.
Hours are mainly office hours however some flexibility is necessary to meet the caseload. The post holder will be based at Headquarters but may be required to travel countywide. The post holder will use their own vehicle for business purposes with mileage allowance. The post holder must be prepared to participate in an on call rota system when required and work within a confidential working environment. The post holder will be a qualified detective (PIP2). They should have a proven track record as a competent investigator; they will therefore be familiar with relevant law and practice, in particular they will have an excellent working knowledge of the Police Regulations, RIPA, Police and Criminal Evidence Act, Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act (CPIA) and Standards of Professional Behaviour including the Code of Ethics. In addition, the post holder will have to be skilled in suspect interviewing, covert policing techniques, cognitive interviewing techniques and achieving best evidence following attend nce on courses or CPD events. The post holder must have a high degree of flexibility to accommodate operational needs, be highly motivated, possess excellent communication skills and have the ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Intelligence Gathering and 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 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 4)
Experienced in using the PEACE model. Able to manage an encounter with a solicitor practising 'active defence'. Able to effectively apply an up to date and in depth knowledge of legislation relevant to interviewing and fully understands the implications of S76/78 PACE.
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 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.
Management 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.
Proactive Crime Investigation (Level 4)
Effectively plans and prepares work in order to progress a proactive investigation. Aware of the operational objectives and priorities, ensures effective recording of actions and decisions. Has a good understanding of the relevant legislation, policy and procedures appertaining to a proactive investigation .e. R.I.P.A. etc.
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.