Head of Unit - National Ballistics Intelligence Service

Police Officer
180000LV Requisition #
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Applicants for the post of NABIS Head of Unit should be in the rank of Chief Superintendent or be supported by your Chief Officer for temporary promotion to the rank. You will have substantial experience of investigating serious crime and be accredited to PIP3 or Crime SIO trained at a minimum. The ideal candidate will have exposure to the complexities involved in the investigation of both gun and serious organised crime; demonstrable knowledge of firearms legislation is essential. You will be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of intelligence gathering, dissemination and reporting techniques.


You will also be able to demonstrate your knowledge, experience and skills in:

  • Successfully leading a team, promoting a service based ethos and meeting tight deadlines
  • Effective verbal communication including the ability to chair operational and strategic meetings at a high level
  • Delivering presentations and building effective professional relationships
  • Successfully influencing and persuading internal and external stakeholders
  • Possessing a strong and current knowledge of the threat posed by the criminal use of firearms in the UK
  • Influencing the tasking and coordination of operational activity and having the credibility, experience, operational currency and knowledge to do so confidently and effectively
  • Commitment to lead on, and deliver, ‘NABIS: Protecting everyone from the criminal use of firearms’ embracing our values of:
    • Public Safety First
    • Continuous Improvement
    • Act With Integrity
    • Work In Partnership
    • Communication Is Key
It is desirable, but not essential, that you have an understanding of programme / project management and knowledge of innovation and technology in areas of forensic science related to ballistics.

The post holder will be expected to regularly travel throughout the UK and internationally, therefore you must be prepared to do so and hold a valid UK Passport and full UK Driving Licence.

Due to the nature of the role you will be required to undertake / currently hold Developed level (DV) vetting.

The post attracts access to the WMP NPCC car scheme.

Interviews for this post will take place in Birmingham on Tuesday 4th December 2018.

If you would like to find out more about the opportunity please contact Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton via

NABIS fully supports and is proud to be committed to the principles of Diversity and Inclusion to maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities. 

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