Job title: SOCU DI
Grade: Inspector
Role code: EPND1206
Status: Police
Limited Duties Category: D - Vbl&Physl RA &nofullshft

Main purpose of the role

Manage and develop all aspects of proactive intelligence led investigation of level 2 targets, directing and co-ordinating the activities of members of the SOCU in collecting, analysing and presenting information to inform decision making with regard to proactive operational deployment and to ensure a dynamic approach to the operational effectiveness of the unit.

Main responsibilities

  • Act as Senior Investigating Officer for intelligence led investigations of level 2 targets - setting the parameters,policy and direction of an enquiry.
  • Manage all aspects of Serious Crime Unit investigations, maintaining the integrity and standards of case investigation, ensuring high standards of productivity and oversee the activities of all team members in completing the necessary inquiries.
  • Manage the SOCU budget, ensuring the most efficient and effective use of resources.
  • Establish networks and promote regular liaison with other parties internal and external to Kent police for mutual support in joint operations concerning level 2 targets.
  • Co-ordinate team objectives (with those of other teams and external agencies) by participating in working groups and meetings, undertaking research into specific areas and formulating action plans to ensure an effective team response to current and future problem areas.
  • Manage a team of investigative officers, taking responsibility for their professional development by counselling, guiding, coaching and securing relevant developmental opportunities to enhance individual and team competence and enable consistently high quality performance. This will include providing support to colleagues in dealing with health and welfare issues and in fulfilling personal development plans.
  • Prepare reports and paperwork as necessary, both routine and adhoc.
  • Attend meetings and represent the Force at conferences as necessary.

November 2016

Vetting level:

Security Check


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.


Impartiality (Accredited)

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.

Integrity (Accredited)

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.

Transparency (Accredited)

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.

Technical skills:

Budget Management (Level 5)

Knows how to access and request routine financial management information, to inform decision making. Considers alternative courses of action having discussed the financial implications with the budget manager. Is able to produce costed options for consideration by the budget holder.

Crime Investigation (Level 5)

Supervises and co-ordinates the activities of other investigators providing advice and guidance on the whole range of investigation techniques, policies and procedures. Acts as a Case Review Officer. Pro-actively uses information gained form external agencies and the intelligence unit. Undertakes detailed and comprehensive case investigations.

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.

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 & Safety (Level 5)

Has received training which enables the effective completion of risk assessments and Health and Safety inspections of premises. Identifies defects or hazards and takes action to resolve any apparent health and safety issues within an area or department. Fully accepts responsibility for the safety of members of staff, as well as visitors and contractors. Monitors the application of health and safety related procedures for the area or department. Possession of a certificate level qualification in Health and Safety is desirable.

Incident / Scene Management & Contl (Level 5)

Takes control and maintains an oversight of the incident, reviews previous actions and initiates further action. Secures additional support for the incident, including determining the scale of support required from other services and agencies. Revises situation reports and instigates the creation of Silver command as appropriate. Gathers relevant information for assessment and onward transmission to Silver command as required. Quickly establishes an effective team and sets policy for dealing with the incident. Ensures the correct level of investigation is in place to deal with the incident and necessary personnel are in attendance. Ensures the effective debriefing of staff.

Inspection (Level 4)

Undertakes risk analysis to determine areas within the organisation that need to be reviewed. Is able to design specific tests that provide for findings that add value to the inspection process and the Force. Can translate findings into reports that are well presented and easily understood. Understands significance of findings and can interpret them to identify their impact upon the Force. Produces options for consideration. Continuously monitors internal, and Force systems under review, to ascertain best value.

Intelligence Gathering & Analysis (Level 5)

Has a good working knowledge of the intelligence function as a whole. Able to undertake intelligence gathering and analysis in conjuction with other organisations, generally involving more complex situations and/or level 2 targets.And/or supervises others who are analysing and gathering intelligence. Able to make decisions regarding the allocation of information received and when packages are put together, to make decisions as
to their level of priority

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

Knowledge of Legislation and Policy (Level 6)

Demonstrates a complete appreciation of the responsibilities given to individuals for key decisions under the legislation, policy and procedure relevant to the current role. Able to offer practical advice and develop others on all aspects of the legislation, policy and procedure where appropriate. Able to apply detailed knowledge of law and procedure relating to the investigation and management of complaints to achieve a satisfactory resolution within reasonable timescales.

Mgmt of Police Information (MOPI) (Level 5)

Has sufficient understanding of the NPCC records management policies be able to offer appropriate guidance and support to staff. Is able to identify the appropriate MOPI group for any record with a policing purpose and ensure that all policing records within the team are retained, reviewed or destroyed in line with the MOPI codes of practice. Quality assures staff to ensure a full understanding and compliance with the APP for Information Management (incorporating MOPI guidance), highlighting failings and taking appropriate action as required. Ensures training and / or refresher training is provided and completed. Ensures that systems are correctly linked together to ensure effective management and recording of information across systems. Appropriately reviews digital information held on system(s) and physical records in storage to ensure that they are retained only where there is a policing purpose. Complies with relevant policies and procedures in respect of prioritisation, sanitisation, dissemination, sharing, relevancy, accuracy, adequacy and timeliness.

Proactive Crime Investigation (Level 5)

Supervises and co-ordinates the activities of other investigators, providing advice and guidance on a range of proactive techniques available. Undertakes detailed and comprehensive proactive investigation. Gives consideration to the effective utilisation of resources and prioritisation of tasks.

Risk Management (Level 5)

Able to anticipate, accurately define and establish the relative level of risk likely to affect their specialist function, in terms of likelihood and impact, together with how the challenges facing the wider organisation might affect their role within the force. Assesses the risks of national initiatives providing feedback at the relevant level. Has an understanding of pathways to alert all appropriate senior managers to flawed or ineffective control strategies and provide continuity/recovery options. Has an appreciation that seizing opportunities also generates risks.

Surveillance - Equipment (Level 5)

Competent in a range of surveillance equipment and has a full understanding of the impact of policies and authorisations needed to use that equipment. And/ or has a comprehensive understanding of the issues surrounding the acquisition and use of CCTV both in relation to police operations and in public and private systems, and manages the function within practical situations.

Target Surveillance (Level 3)

Has a good general awareness of the work of the target referral teams, understands the quality requirements of cases to be referred to these specialist teams and what needs to be done to put together target packages.