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Counter Terrorism Unit - Intelligence Researcher

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Grade: Band C

Salary: £19,719 - £26,802

Closing Date: 23rd September 2018


This post is Monday – Friday and does not include shift work.


Today terrorism is a constant threat within the United Kingdom.  By joining some of the best and brightest police officers and staff, you can directly contribute to keeping the UK safe and help us tackle the threat.  


The West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU) Intelligence Department operates 24/7 and is responsible for receiving, assessing and developing all intelligence entering the CTU in relation to Counter Terrorism and Domestic Extremism. The department is known as the Intelligence Management Unit (IMU) and has two core functions:

  • Operational Intelligence Management Unit (OIMU) – Working closely with Senior Investigating Officers and intelligence partners, this team provides dedicated intelligence support to priority Counter Terrorism/Domestic Extremism investigations. 
  • Fixed Intelligence Management Unit (FIMU) – The FIMU are accountable for receiving, assessing and developing Counter Terrorism/Domestic Extremism (CT/DE) intelligence outside of the OIMU remit.  Working with intelligence and other disruption teams, the FIMU ensure that CT/DE threats are identified and disrupted as efficiently as possible.  As such the FIMU operate a 24/7 shift pattern.

The successful applicant will be working the across one of the following three teams; CT Intelligence, Domestic Extremism, Prisons Intelligence. You will provide CT/DE research across multiple data sets to create National Intelligence Model (NIM) compliant products. The work of the Research and Analysis team is cross cutting, providing assistance to the entire IMU. 


We need your knowledge of research techniques and awareness of police and partnership datasets. Your communication skills will be utilised, working effectively as part of a team and with colleagues from across the national network plus partners and local policing units. You will provide an excellent intelligence response which is based on a high level of customer focused service. In addition, your ‘can do’ attitude and creativity will be utilised on a daily basis.


We want the best from you. We will provide you with opportunities for continuous professional development and offer an excellent working environment. This includes the ability to work with national agencies and to support the CT network when demand increases in response to a CT incident.  


You will be working with sensitive, sometimes covertly obtained material. Ultimately you will be working within the National Security framework and as such the post is subject to successful completion of the DV vetting process and you will need to demonstrate the highest levels or professionalism and integrity. Please visit here for more information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/security-vetting-and-clearance


“You must be a British citizen to work for the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit. If you hold dual nationality, one component of which is British, you may also be considered. However, if successful, you may be asked to relinquish your non‐British nationality (and any entitlement you may have to a foreign nationality) as a condition of your confirmation of appointment with WMCTU. One of your parents should also be British or have substantial ties to the UK. In the latter instance; substantial ties means that your parent is a citizen of a British Overseas Territory, a Commonwealth citizen, US citizen, EEA citizen, British national or citizen overseas, and they would need to have demonstrable connections with the UK by way of family history or have been resident here for a substantial period of time.


If you're already married to, or cohabiting with, a person who isn't a British citizen, you may still be eligible for employment at the discretion of the Department. You should note however, that marriage to, or cohabitation with, a person who isn't a British citizen after appointment may, in some circumstances, result in the withdrawal of security clearance and subsequent transfer to another Department, or (if this is not possible or the officer does not wish to transfer) dismissal. Each case will be considered on its merits, taking into account the ties between the person involved and the United Kingdom.”


Diversity and Inclusion Vision: “Maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities, whilst protecting them from harm”

Role Responsibilities

  • To provide research and identify intelligence opportunities on high risk individuals, networks, thematic and geographical areas in order to support stakeholder objectives through production of high quality, time-sensitive intelligence products.
  • Discover, confirm and collate sources of information and intelligence in order to exploit and develop the intelligence picture for CT and DE.
  • To liaise with other units/agencies in the authorised collection and dissemination of information.
  • Work in line with Departmental, Force and National guidelines to establish and maintain verifiable audit trails for all information/intelligence requests and requirements.
  • Liaise with stakeholders, and attend meetings and operational briefings at various levels, to discuss research requirements/results.
  • Support the Analysts, Open Source Internet [Intelligence] Investigators and Intelligence Officers by gathering, collating and evaluating information to facilitate the development of intelligence products.
  • Prepare National Intelligence Model (NIM) compliant research products.
  • Distribute intelligence products onto relevant parties, providing reassurance and validity checks to assist with critical operational decisions.
  • Provide legally compliant evidential support through adhering to any policies and procedures required.
  • Demonstrate a high level of integrity and professionalism when handling sensitive intelligence.

Essential Skills and Competencies

  • Experience of working in a research capacity.
  • Use of computers to conduct systems research and trace work, including previous usage of Windows based software, databases and any other formalised records system.
  • Evidence of effectively participating in meetings, or otherwise making valuable contributions to both individual and team work efforts.
  • Experience of working both within a team, and on own initiative – particularly when managing and prioritising allotted duties.
  • Ability to identify patterns, trends, series, similarities and discrepancies with information.
  • Plan and manage own workload.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information appropriately and in accordance with policy.

Desirable Skills and Competencies

  • Experience of working in an intelligence environment.
  • Experience of presenting data in graphical and numerical format.
  • Knowledge of current police intelligence systems.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, guidelines, processes and procedures (i.e. Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, Directed Surveillance Authority, Open Source Centre guidelines).
  • Experience of working with stakeholders and partner agencies.
  • Understanding of the National Intelligence Model (NIM).
  • Completion of or willingness to complete and pass, formalised training and/or other relevant qualifications.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Report writing skills.
  • Working under pressure and to tight deadlines.

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