CTOC - Surveillance Sergeant

Police Officer
190000NX Requisition #

This vacancy is for substantive Surveillance Sergeants only.


The surveillance sergeants 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 sergeant 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.

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


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


"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

  • Provide operational control and direction of an operational surveillance team.
  • Responsible in liaison with the Management and training providers for the professional monitoring of training requirements and selection for surveillance operatives under command.
  • Liaise with Management to identify area of surveillance and make recommendations as to priority operations and methods of surveillance.
  • Liaise and co-ordinate with the surveillance teams of other agencies as required on joint surveillance operations.
  • Monitor vehicles and equipment used by surveillance operatives under command.
  • Supervise the daily intelligence log concerning surveillance operations for analysis and decision as to continued surveillance.
  • Supervise collation and dissemination of intelligence material gathered by operatives under command.
  • Brief team members on current operations, organise and co-ordinate methods and times of surveillance.

Competencies/Skills required for role



  • Must have a working knowledge of all legislative aspects that surround surveillance planning and operations i.e. Disclosure, Police Act 1997, Covert policing codes of practice, RIPA 2000.
  • Proven high degree of commitment, dedication and flexibility.
  • Conversant with legal issues affecting surveillance.
  • Proven experience and ability in foot, mobile and technical surveillance techniques.
  • Proven initiative and innovation whilst leading surveillance.
  • Attained Level 1 Surveillance training and advanced driver training for surveillance purposes.
  • Proven communications skills with the ability to operate effectively at a variety of levels.


  • Knowledge of the National Intelligence Model, together with the tasking and coordination process.
  • Knowledge of current developments/advancements in technology and techniques in surveillance.
  • Experience of managing a surveillance team within a major high profile incident and the reaching of operational targets as determined by the SIO.
  • Trained Risk Assessor.

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