Job title: SECU Fraud Investigator Grade: PO 1 Role code: END0402 Status: Police Staff Home Office code: Operational
Main purpose of the role:
Review, investigate, manage and submit for prosecution, allocated cases of serious and complex fraud and public sector corruption, allowing the efficient, effective and proportionate prosecution of the same and support the reduction of crime.
Investigate allocated allegations of serious and complex fraud and public sector corruption, develop investigative strategy to progress the case, including utilising designated powers to obtain search warrants and Orders where appropriate to obtain necessary evidence to progress the case to an effective investigative conclusion; whether that is no further action, referral or prosecution.
Develop detailed intelligence packages for dissemination to other Law Enforcement Agencies, prepare arrest packages and after investigation, compile detailed evidence files with reference to schedules and tables to support the prosecution of criminal cases.
Deploy on proactive operations and initiatives, providing specialist support to disrupt Level 2 criminality and liaise with other regulatory bodies (Serious Fraud Office, Government Departments, Security Services, Financial Conduct Authority, HMRC, Trading Standards, Insolvency Service, Solicitors Regulatory Authority etc) to progress investigation. This includes the obtaining of search warrants and production Orders from the Courts as appropriate with the completion of operational orders in support of developing policing operations to arrest and search stage ensure ethical and legal progression of cases and arrests.
Differentiate between allegations of crime and civil matters for all allocated cases. Identify core offences to evidence and at the outset of an investigation, liaise with financial investigators to ensure all Proceeds of Crime Act (Poca) opportunities are explored and exhausted to allow correct progression of a case.
Identify potential witnesses, prepare questionnaires and composite detailed statements with reference to relevant accompanying exhibits. Prepare schedules and tables to simplify and condense volumes of evidence. Where appropriate, liaise and assist with instruction of forensic accountants to support case progression and CPS decision making.
Locate, trace and interview suspects. Prepare briefing documents to assist the deploying Officers. Accompany Officers on searches and arrests. Prepare case files (including any schedules) for submission to CPS for advice on charges and thereafter, with relevant evidential updates as required. Maintain liaison with CPS and attend case conferences with Counsel and ensure all relevant evidence is submitted. Review unused material in accordance with Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act (CPIA) and discuss/disclose as appropriate with Counsel & CPS to progress and conclude a case.
Attend court as the case officer, exhibits officer or disclosure officer as required and to give evidence at trial as required. Assist counsel in the course of the prosecution conducting additional enquiries as required developing the argument for the prosecutions case, providing expert advice to support the criminal case and ensure every opportunity for conviction is achieved.
Assist the wider directorate and Essex and Kent Police, as requested, in the progression of any force critical cases, as a trained investigator provide professional knowledge in the supporting of enquiries and associated intelligence/investigation work to ensure force critical cases are dealt with as priority and to enable successful case progression.
Management Vetting required.
Necessary qualifications are 5 GCSE pass or equivalent including English and Maths. The post holder must be "IT literate" with sound working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel).
The post holder must have evidenced and sound experience in criminal investigations to include good working knowledge of relevant legislation. The post holder will need to be qualified as a trained investigator or have extensive transferable experience and skills if a formal CID Investigators course has not been undertaken. They will need to undertake the National Fraud Investigators course after appointment unless previously completed.
The post holder will be required to interrogate a range of computer based systems and must have a logical and methodical way of working. Significant experience of report writing and effectively presenting cases of a complex, serious and sensitive nature in writing and experience of working with CPS and Counsel.
The post holder must be willing to undertake local, regional, national and international travel as required. As part of case progression it is sometimes necessary to obtain evidence from overseas.
The post holder will be required to work with minimum supervision and may frequently be the only point of contact within the office for advice.
It is expected that duty times will be flexible to cater for extended duty or rearranged duty times to accommodate witness enquiries/suspect interviews, arrests & searches etc.
The post holder must have proven investigative skills and abilities or transferable like experience.
The postholder must be organised with the ability to prioritise workload and enquiries whilst handling operational interruptions.
The ability to solve problems and plan is necessary when dealing with complex and protracted investigations. Good verbal and written communication skills are necessary.
The postholder will be expected to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and partner agencies at all times.
The post holder must have the ability to think logically with attention to detail and review information effectively and present relevant evidence in a clear and concise manner.
Analyse critically (level 2)
I ensure that the best available evidence from a wide range of sources is taken into account when making decisions. I think about different perspectives and motivations when reviewing information and how this may influence key points. I ask incisive questions to test out facts and assumptions, questioning and challenging the information provided when necessary. I understand when to balance decisive action with due consideration. I recognise patterns, themes and connections between several and diverse sources of information and the best available evidence. I identify when I need to take action on the basis of limited information and think about how to mitigate the risks in doing so. I challenge others to ensure that decisions are made in alignment with our mission, values and the Code of Ethics.
Collaborative (level 2)
I manage relationships and partnerships for the long term, sharing information and building trust to find the best solutions. I help create joined-up solutions across organisational and geographical boundaries, partner organisations and those the police serve. I understand the local partnership context, helping me to use a range of tailored steps to build support. I work with our partners to decide who is best placed to take the lead on initiatives. I try to anticipate our partners' needs and take action to address these. I do not make assumptions. I check that our partners are getting what they need from the police service. I build commitment from others (including the public) to work together to deliver agreed outcomes.
Deliver, support and inspire (level 2)
I give clear direction and expectations, helping others to understand how their work operates in the wider context. I identify barriers that inhibit performance in my teams and take steps to resolve these, enabling others to perform. I lead the public and / or colleagues, where appropriate, during incidents or through the provision of advice and support. I ensure the efficient use of resources to create the most value and the right impact within my areas. I keep track of changes in the external environment, anticipating both the short and long term potential implications for the Police Service. I motivate and inspire others to achieve their best.
Emotionally aware (level 2)
I consider the perspectives of people from a wide range of backgrounds before taking action. I adapt my style and approach according to the needs of the people I am working with, using my own behaviour to achieve the best outcome. I promote a culture that values diversity and encourages challenge. I encourage reflective practice among others and take the time to support others to understand reactions and behaviours. I take responsibility for helping to ensuring the emotional well being of those in my teams. I take the responsibility to deal with any inappropriate behaviours.
Innovative and open-minded (level 2)
I explore a number of different sources of information and use a variety of tools when faced with a problem and look for good practice that is not always from policing. I am able to spot opportunities or threats which may influence how I go about my job in the future by using knowledge of trends, new thinking about policing and changing demographics in the population. I am flexible in my approach, changing my plans to make sure that I have the best impact. I encourage others to be creative and take appropriate risks. I share my explorations and understanding of the wider internal and external environment.
Take ownership (level 2)
I proactively create a culture of ownership within my areas of work and support others to display personal responsibility. I take responsibility for making improvements to policies, processes and procedures, actively encouraging others to contribute their ideas. I am accountable for the decisions my team make and the activities within our teams. I take personal responsibility for seeing events through to a satisfactory conclusion and for correcting any problems both promptly and openly. I actively encourage and support learning within my teams and colleagues.
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.
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.
Fraud (Level 4)
Demonstrates a good working knowledge of the formation and structure of companies and businesses. Understands the principles of banking. Has a good understanding of how to obtain confidential material and the confiscation of assests obtained as a result of criminal conduct.
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 3)
Able to collect and store information relevant to own work and make sure that it is accurate, up-to-date and in line with the organisation's policies and procedures. Information gathered is sufficient for the purpose.
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 3)
Demonstrates the ability to conduct effective routine interviews for a variety of purposes. Prepares and plans carefully and is clear about the purpose of the interview. Asks relevant questions and is able to obtain the required information. Regularly reviews personal interview performance. Adapts style to suit the needs of the interview.
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 4)
Able to interview vulnerable victims and child witnesses. Considers the best environment in which to interview and consults with outside agencies. Able to effectively conduct video interviews.
Knowledge of Police Environment and Policy (Level 4)
Displays a general appreciation of changes affecting the police service. Understands the inter-relationships between the roles of the various Operational and Support activities, and how organisation structures and police systems work. Possesses a detailed understanding of working procedures, practices and policies relevant to the current role and the roles of subordinates and ensures that these are followed at all times. Is clear about Force goals and effectively contributes to local business plan objectives.
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.
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.