NABIS Liaison Officer

20000053 Requisition #

Grade: Band D Lower

Salary: The starting salary is from £29,064 

Closing Date: 13th April 2020

About the role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) in Birmingham as a home-based NABIS Liaison Officer on a permanent basis.  You will be part of a diverse and committed Performance and Liaison team and report directly to the Performance Lead.


You will be responsible for supporting the Performance and Liaison function that manages the relationship between NABIS and law enforcement in the UK. The role provides the key strategic and operational interface between NABIS and UK law enforcement. You will support an In-Force Performance and Inspection (Quality Assurance) Program by assisting forces to manage internal compliance with the NABIS Memorandum of Understanding.


You will work with police forces and law enforcement agencies to develop their processes and exploit existing opportunities in the areas of forensic science and criminal intelligence. You will work as part of a National Liaison Team with geographic responsibility for one of three law enforcement regions in the UK (currently North, Central and South) to provide the “investigative and intelligence bridge” to assist forces and agencies investigate and tackle the criminal use of firearms.


NABIS provides fast time intelligence linked to the criminal use of firearms.  NABIS is tasked with linking firearms incidents across the UK to help develop a national understanding of the use, supply, importation and manufacture of illegal firearms.


NABIS forms part of UK policing as part of the NPCC’s portfolio, and works with the police forces of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as partner LEAs such as the National Crime Agency (NCA), the UK Border Force (BF), Counter Terrorism, British Transport Police (BTP) and the Ministry of Defence Police (MODP).


NABIS provides:

  • A dedicated Intelligence Cell tasked with developing, understanding and disseminating strategic and tactical intelligence to police forces and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs).
  • A ballistics comparison capability to link crimes and incidents within 24 to 48 hours in urgent cases.
  • A database (registry) of recovered firearms and ammunition used in crime, or enter police possession through any means. This Database provides strategic and tactical intelligence which helps to guide law enforcement activity.
  • An operational support team who develop liaison opportunities between NABIS and its partners, as well as delivering national communications and media strategies.

About you

You will form part of a wider team of both police officers and police staff colleagues and should be able to demonstrate an excellent range of transferrable skills.


The post holder will be part of the Performance and Liaison Team and will have a pivotal role in delivering this function.


You will be a strong communicator with excellent presentation and negotiation skills and the ability to build, maintain and influence relationships at a strategic level. You will have a background in law enforcement intelligence and investigative work involving the criminal use of firearms at a strategic level. You should be skilled at problem solving, with experience of monitoring and improving performance and strategic report writing.


It is desirable, but not essential, that you have experience in law enforcement management, project management and programme delivery. It would also be beneficial to have knowledge of firearms legislation and an awareness of data analytics.

As part of a national organisation with responsibility for a geographical area of forces, the post holder will be expected to undertake significant travel across the UK, therefore you must hold a valid Driving Licence; access to transportation will be provided.

Due to the nature of the role, the post holder will be required to undertake / currently hold Security check (SC) level vetting.

Office hours are generally 36.5 per week Monday to Friday, though on occasions there will be a necessity to work additional hours and occasionally at weekends.  This is a demanding, exciting job which is challenging but also very rewarding.


NABIS is a diverse organisation where you can develop your skills, knowledge and career in an encouraging and flexible environment. We're able to offer you a comprehensive range of rewards and benefits including:

  • 28 days annual leave (plus bank holidays); increasing to 33 days after five years’ service
  • access to a Corporate Health Cash Plan and Wellbeing website
  • the opportunity to save on travel costs through a Corporate Travel Scheme
  • the option to join a generous Local Government pension scheme

NABIS fully supports and is proud of its commitment to the principles of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion to maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and belonging to deliver the best service for our communities.


Selection Process


The application process for this position will be by application form and then assessment and interview should you be selected for shortlisting.


Once received, your application will be assessed for experience and achievements evidenced against the above responsibilities, experience and skills.


Should your application progress to interview, you will assessed against these behaviours during the selection process. Please see the enclosed Competency Values Framework for more information on what each behaviour incorporates and what we expect from our staff:


·         We take ownership

·         We are collaborative

·         We deliver, support and inspire

·         We analyse critically

·         We are innovative and open-minded

Interview dates and location


Shortlisting of application forms will take place week commencing w/c 20th April 2020.

Interviews are likely to take place in May 2020 at the West Midlands Police HQ in Birmingham City Centre. NABIS does not cover the cost of travel to your interview/assessment unless otherwise stated.


Further information


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment. A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Should your application progress to interview, you will assessed against these behaviours during the selection process. Please see the Competency Values Framework for Policing for more information on what each behaviour incorporates and what we expect from our staff.

For any further information on the role, the Competency Values Framework or the process, please contact us at

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should contact the WMP recruitment team.


Every gun tells a different story.

NABIS: Protecting everyone from the criminal use of firearms.

West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions.  The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future. 

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.

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