Grade: Constable

Salary: Constable

Closing Date: 2nd August 2021

This opportunity is only open to Police Constables serving with West Midlands, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Mercia Police Forces.


Intelligence Officer

Applications are invited for the post of Intelligence Officer within the Regional Confidential Unit (RCU), part of the Regional Organised Crime Unit for the West Midlands (ROCU), currently based in central Birmingham.  Vacancies are currently available within the Covert Support Team and Operational Support Team. 

The role of intelligence officer within the ROCU is a chance to experience working in the collaborative working environment between Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia, and West Midlands Police in order to reduce the impact and increase the disruption of serious and organised crime within the region and beyond.

We work in partnership alongside other UK law enforcement agencies and many other partners from both private and public sectors to target those areas of criminality that pose the greatest regional and national threats.

Officers applying will be eligible for the public transport concession giving free travel to and from work on West Midlands Trains, Chiltern Trains and Cross Country Rail as well as numerous bus services. There may also be the opportunity to work remotely for a proportion of the working week.

The Regional Confidential Unit provides an oversight and management of sensitive and overt intelligence functions to act more effectively in support of tactical and strategic priorities.  A critical function is to develop and utilise intelligence in direct response to complex criminal activity.

The RCU is a secure environment that is able to receive, assess, analyse and disseminate all intelligence. We achieve this by providing a functionality that protects capability and methodology, whilst allowing investigators to benefit from intelligence gained.

As an Intelligence Officer you will support both proactive and reactive operations.  

As an Intelligence Officer you will:

  • Evaluate information to determine its intelligence potential, identifying opportunities for enforcement and identity threat, risk and harm.
  • Develop and research information and intelligence reporting findings in order to support investigations.
  • Contribute to the preparation and presentation of intelligence summaries, subject packages and firearms risk assessments.
  • Maintain computerised and manual records, updating intelligence systems and other similar equipment in accordance with ROCU and Force Policies and Data Protection legislation.
  • Interrogate appropriate Force and National databases and systems to develop intelligence and conduct open source research in accordance with NPCC guidelines
  • Develop a personal knowledge of covert techniques and their application for proactive and reactive instigations including applicable legal and regulatory constraints.
  • Comply with disclosure requirements that fall within CPIA legislation

Essential skills:

  • Demonstrate highly effective interpersonal communication skills: including verbal and written skills. The post holder will be articulate, methodical, conscientious and concise.
  • Demonstrate a good level of computer literacy and experience of using Microsoft Office applications.
  • Work effectively with minimum supervision whilst remaining team focussed. Ability to work under pressure, prioritise workloads and produce accurate work within tight deadlines.
  • Ability to operate with the highest standards of integrity, discretion, confidentiality and aptitude to digest complex operational plans and manage highly sensitive information within the Government Security Classification (GSC) and Security Policy Framework (SPF).
  • Knowledge of the National Intelligence Model (NIM) and NPCC Guidance on the Management of Police Information (MOPI).
  • Knowledge of police systems and policing; current legislation, policies and procedures (e.g. GDPR, Human Rights Act, CPIA).


Desirable skills and Other information:

  • The post is subject to successful completion of vetting to SC (Enhanced).
  • Experience of working in an intelligence/information field.
  • Experience of identifying intelligence gaps with demonstrable ability to prioritise, evidencing research skills with the ability to problem solve.
  • Should have an interest in and be willing to maintain personal knowledge of changes in IT and communications technology 
  • May be required to travel to different locations across the Region.
  • The post holder will be expected to undertake training as and when required
  • The post holder will be expected to comply with health and safety requirements
  • You will work on a shift pattern which encompasses early and late shifts and some weekend working. You will also be part of an on-call rota to support intelligence requests.