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Investigations Officer (Police)

  • Job reference: MC/494
  • Location: Rayleigh, Essex
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Police
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Job description: Service Care Solutions are looking for an Investigations Officer for a vacancy which has become available at the Police Station in Rayleigh.

The ideal candidate would be a former Police Officer, with experience in obtaining key evidence, preparing case files for court, taking statements, and conducting interviews.

Main purpose of the role:

- Undertake and assist in investigations carried out by the Major Crime Department and, when required, other departments; taking on key roles within each investigation, researching, gathering and obtaining evidence and intelligence by a variety of means and conducting a range of investigative duties, in order to secure best evidence and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of investigations
undertaken by the Department.

Main responsibilities:

- Interview witnesses and victims of crime, including Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interviews with vulnerable witnesses, assisting in regard to suspect interviews, taking high quality, accurate statements for inclusion into case files and undertaking assessment of the veracity of statements and the potential reliability of witnesses in Court in order to ensure evidence is correctly captured and recorded to support investigations.

- Coordinate and manage the seizure and viewing of CCTV, viewing material, analysing information, and recording elements in comprehensive reports of evidential and intelligence value; coordinate house to house enquiries, instructing officers as required, in order to support investigations and also provide evidence in
person at court as required.

- Undertake a range of investigative research through Holmes, PNC, telephony and other relevant
systems/ procedures, maintaining accurate records, analysing information, and producing a range of reports in order to support the investigation of major crime by the department.

- Support and advise the families of victims of major crime and witnesses of crime, providing information and updates in relation to case progress and the judicial system, in order to ensure that witnesses and families receive appropriate support and also to assist in progressing investigations.

- Assist in major crime searches, and act as exhibits officer when appointed, ensuring the integrity of evidence retrieved, recording receipt of exhibits, organising the storage and appropriate security of exhibits, including
the handling of hazardous materials and returning items when authorised to do so, in order to ensure the continuity of evidence and the correct recording of physical evidence and property.

Necessary experience:

-Recent experience in criminal investigations, conducting interviews and taking statements in investigative processes would be an advantage but is not essential

- Maturity, confidence and professionalism are necessary in order to deal with a wide range of situations. The ability to present well is essential due to the requirement to attend court.

- This role is a designated post. A high level of integrity is required due to the confidential and sensitive material dealt with by the post holder.

- The post holder will be required to work to strict deadlines and therefore must be organised and able to effectively prioritise workload.

- Excellent communication skills are required, along with the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

- Comprehensive IT skills are essential, including Microsoft Office products.

- Knowledge of Police systems, inparticular HOLMES2 would be an advantage.

- PIP Level 2 qualification would be an advantage.

This is a police-based role, so applicants will be subject to police security checks.
It is advised that applicants have a clean DBS/CRB within the last 3 years.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please ring 01772 208962 and ask to speak to Martin Cookson.