Rural Engagement Officer
Role code: EPQ0430
Limited Duties Category: AA - Full policing & shifts
Main purpose of the role:
To provide police liaison as a member of a multi- agency team. To engage with the Rural community including relevant rural meetings, problem solve within the rural community and provide reassurance and high visibility within the rural community. To advise on fixed traveller sites to local policing and appropriate agencies. Providing a consistent, assertive and proactive approach to all enforcement issues related to Unauthorised Encampments. Taking enforcement action against those who breach legislation. Providing support to other agencies dealing with welfare and human rights issues associated with Travelling communities. Assisting in operations to tackle other rural issues (for example; Hare coursing, agricultural theft and fly-tipping). Conduct proactive operations and enforce legislation on hare coursing, fly tipping.
- To attend all Unauthorised Encampments within the Essex Police area for the duration of their stay, making daily visits where appropriate. Gather information and intelligence and to make a decision around police powers of eviction, taking into account both Chief Officer Guidance and legislation.
- To visit all Local authority and private Gypsy and Traveller sites within Essex and to develop positive channels of communication with residents in order to promote and build confidence in Essex Police.
- To contribute towards any multi agency review of the current policies in relation to all types of Traveller issues in order to ensure the policy reflects a consistent and assertive approach to dealing with breaches of both locally set environmental standards and current legislation countywide.
- To routinely gather information and intelligence related to the Gypsy, Traveller and rural communities and ensure that data is recorded on Athena.
- To provide appropriate police support to local authorities and other agencies in their proceedings to remove Travellers who have settled on land or other areas where their continued occupation is not permitted.
- To assist LPAs in developing planned operations involving the Rural, Gypsy and Travelling communities where possible through the contribution of knowledge held as result of accumulated intelligence gathered.
- To liaise with all Local Authorities across Essex to ensure the needs of travelling and communities are being addressed effectively and respectfully by the unit, balancing welfare, human rights and enforcement policies.
- To work in partnership with the Essex countywide Traveller Unit (ECTU)
- To work in partnership with the rural and Heritage Crime officer, attending incidents in support of his work
- To work as part of a tasking team on pre-planned operations, some of which may involve a change of duty
- To provide high visibility patrol in the rural communities, provide reassurance and attend appropriate rural community meetings and events. To respond to incidents of rural crime such as agricultural theft, fly tipping and Hare coursing.
- Proactive target criminals within the rural community.
- To actively engage in the prevention and detection of rural crime and take ownership / problem solve repeat victims when designated by Chief Inspector.
- To actively engage with the rural community and look for long term solutions to problems.
- To work to the Essex Police Rural Crime Strategy which includes responding and addressing the issues of hare coursing, fly tipping.
March 2017. Amended September 2019.
Management Vetting (MV) Security Clearance (SC).
Officers will work a 6 on 3 off pattern with an expectation of flexibility. The unit will cover 7 days a week and be available between the hours of 0800 - 2200.
This is a uniformed post but there may be a requirement for plain clothes.
The team will work between Police HQ and County Hall, Chelmsford Officers will be required to drive Cat 2 (4x4) vehicles and will need to have had appropriate training.
Vetting clearance is a pre-requisite of employment in designated posts and the post holder 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.
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.
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.