CTOC - Surveillance Officer

Police Officer
190000MV Requisition #

This vacancy is for substantive Surveillance Officers only.


The surveillance officers’ role within the Counter Terrorism Organised Crime (CTOC) team is to provide tactical support to both proactive and reactive operations as directed by Force and Counter Terrorism Tasking.

In particular, operations targeting Counter Terrorism, serious and organised criminality, around guns, gangs, serious acquisitive crime and drugs. Operational focus is around those individuals and Organised Crime Groups that pose the greatest threat, risk and harm to the region to ensure we are better able to serve the public and protect them from harm. To achieve this aim, the role of a surveillance officer nationally and locally is continually evolving. To remain operationally effective it is essential that the profile of the team reflects the communities within which we work and an ability to blend in with our communities is essential.

Willing to be flexible you enter into an agreement to be deployed anywhere within the UK albeit the majority of your work will be within the West Midlands.


You will be put through Security Vetting processes as you will be engaged in covert terrorist investigations. It is an essential requirement that the successful candidate has passed the National Q1 Surveillance course.


Please note that you have to be a currently trained surveillance police constable who has deployed operationally within the last 2 years to be eligible to apply for this post.  If you are not currently qualified, please see the advert that is also running for the Surveillance Academy.


This is a Management Vetting / Security Cleared designated post. The preferred candidate will be subject to both procedures.


For any questions about the role please email ct-employeeresourcing@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Please note - for the question relating to suitability for the role, this need not be any more than 250 words. 


"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 nonBritish 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."


We would like our department to be diverse and inclusive, to be able to provide the best possible service to the communities of the West Midlands. We will be encouraging applications from BME and female colleagues as we are currently under represented in these areas.


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”

West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.  As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview. 

Please do not attach a CV/covering letter as these will not be used in during the application process.

Specific Role Responsibilities

- Undertake the surveillance of targets by way of physical and technical observation, in situations which are static, on foot and mobile to a minimum standard equal to current ACPO level 1.

- Using all current surveillance techniques deliver to investigating officer’s evidence, intelligence or other information on the activity of targets in line with current national codes of practice.

- In cases of emergency or operational necessity, to arrest targets committing crime.

- In support of the surveillance function; Record and maintain a daily surveillance log of all such activity to a standard laid down by current ACPO guidelines; Prepare accurate daily intelligence logs to investigating officers in order to determine the extent and nature of criminal activity and to allow for future tasking; Provide in appropriate cases statements of evidence in support of the criminal prosecution of targets.

- Participate in surveillance training courses and offer advice and guidance to attached personnel and junior officers to improve their techniques and effectiveness.

- Undertake such administrative duties as necessary to maintain intelligence duties.

- Be conversant with all items of technical equipment necessary to undertake surveillance operations. To maintain knowledge of surveillance techniques and capabilities and to keep abreast of current technological developments.

- Strive to achieve best value in the work undertaken and where possible develop and maintain best practice.

Competencies/Skills required for role



- A qualification of National Level 1 Surveillance training

- A qualification of Advanced Driver training for surveillance purposes

- High degree of commitment, dedication and flexibility

- Conversant with legal issues affecting surveillance

- Hold a current PST Certificate

- Proven experience and ability in static, foot, mobile and technical surveillance techniques

- Proven initiative and innovation demonstrated whilst working as a member of a surveillance team

- Proven communication skills with the ability to operate effectively at a variety of levels 


- Knowledge of counter terrorism work.

- Knowledge of current developments/advancements in surveillance technology and techniques.

- Specialist covert policing skills within surveillance such as CROPS, motorcycle qualification.

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