Detective Constable – Counter Terrorism Exhibit Officer and Scene Investigator

Thames Valley Police

Our Counter Terrorism Policing Investigations team leads terrorism investigations across the South East, as well as a number of the higher risk or complex terrorism investigations in the South West region.

In this role, you will implement strategies to service the needs of highly sensitive, covert and overt Counter Terrorism (CT) operations. You will manage covert and overt exhibits in support of Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) investigations.

You will attend terrorism-related incidents such as unexploded and exploded bomb or CBRN scenes, and take responsibility as a scene investigator for the effective management of such incidents. You will provide professional advice on examinations of the related premises, vehicles and locations, ensuring that the forensic strategy set by the CTSIO is delivered.

You will be responsible on behalf of the CTSIO for the management of all exhibits generated within a CT investigation, including; exhibit handling, scene management, scene investigation, submission of exhibits and liaise with external forensic suppliers and experts.

You will evaluate the scene and maximise the opportunity to collect and gather intelligence and evidence from a range of sources. You will also record and retain evidence to support the investigative process, undertaking scene examination techniques, including explosive and firearms trace work and digital photography, to ensure evidence and intelligence is recovered effectively as part of the CT investigation.

You will, at a practitioner level, represent the regional Counter Terrorism Unit at hazardous, Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) and Chemical Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents. You will liaise with hospitals and mortuaries, with regards to the recovery of exhibits from casualty-receiving hospitals, and those recovered from injured or deceased persons. You will assist the HM Coroner and act as point of contact between hospitals, the Coroner and the Police.

This role is open to Detective Constables. Due to the nature of the role, you will have proven investigative experience relating to major or serious and organised crime, including working within a Major Incident Room/HOLMES environment. You will have proven experience in the co-ordination and management of complex cases, and experience of exhibit handling using HOLMES 2 Exhibits and experience of inter-agency liaison.

You must have successfully completed the National Terrorist Forensic Management Course or be willing and able to undertake the course. Good communication skills and knowledge of forensic issues relating to CBRN activities, including working in unpleasant and contaminated environments, is a must.

You must be willing and able to work unsociable hours, provide 24 hour cover, to change hours at short notice and participate in call-out rota. You must also hold a full UK driving licence, and be able to travel and work in any area in the south east region or CT network, possibly for extended periods.

CTPSE are committed to becoming the most diverse team in the South East. We encourage interest and applications from candidates of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from female and BAME (black, Asian and minority ethic) candidates to enable us to truly reflect the communities we serve.

Due to the role requirements, it is essential that the post holder be prepared to be security cleared to level of SC enhanced. Furthermore, due to the nature and sensitivity of work carried out we require that candidates not only hold this vetting level but that they also undertake additional security clearances which include additional nationality checks. This post is therefore restricted to UK nationals. This is line with government requirements, supported by Cabinet Office policy and Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), and is for the purpose of safeguarding national security, to ensure that any potential vulnerabilities are identified at an early stage.

Hampshire officers need to complete an AD277 alongside their application. All officers will be required to complete the Recommendation for Appointment Form enclosed with this advert.

For further information please email quoting the Job Reference 17671

Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 23:55hrs on Sunday 14 March 2021.

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All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.

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