National CBRN Centre - Sergeant

Police Officer
190000NN Requisition #
Grade: Sergeant
Salary: Sergeant
Closing Date: 6th December 2019

Applications are invited from substantive Sergeants, with their Chief Officers approval, for the position of CBRN Sergeant on a 2 year secondment to the Counter Terrorism Policing National CBRN Centre based at the College of Policing, Coventry. 

This is a seconded residential post based at the National CBRN Centre, located at Ryton on Dunsmore CV8 3EN.  

The successful applicant will work across the four thematic teams of: Training; Capabilities; Operations; and Performance & Development to support, strengthen and assure the police response to CBRN Terrorism.  

The National nature of the work and engagement with senior leaders offers significant development opportunities as well as presenting the opportunity to travel extensively across the UK to identify good practice, assess capability, deliver CPD events, support CBRN capability building and exercises at the Operational, Tactical and Strategic level.

Applicants must have knowledge of CBRN policy, tactics, techniques and capability with experience operating in a multi-agency environment. Up-to-date knowledge and/or experience across CT and operational policing is essential. If not already qualified, the post-holder will be expected to achieve the police CBRN Tactical Advisor qualification.

They will have demonstrable decision making and leadership skills, whilst being able to effectively manage their own and their team’s performance. Candidates must be able to evidence effective working relationships with people through clear communication and a collaborative approach. This is a unique opportunity to work in a dynamic and highly relevant area of Counter Terrorism.

The successful applicant will be required to hold or undertake vetting to SC and MV with mandatory Developed Vetting in role.

The successful applicant will be supported in their development to fulfil the role which will include regular National on-call cadre duties.

The post-holder may be required to work occasional unsocial hours.

The post-holder may be required to visit various locations across the UK.


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Closing date for the above vacancy is 06th December 2019.

The selection process will be:

A papersift which will mark against the essential and desirable criteria of the job description.

Competency based interview.


“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”

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.

Role Responsibilities: 

  • To work across the four thematic teams of: Training; Capabilities; Operations; and Performance & Development to support, strengthen and assure the police response to CBRN Terrorism.
  • Work as part of a team to develop the multi-agency Emergency Service’s capability to respond to CBRN terrorism and contribute to the overall vision and mission of the NCBRNC.
  • Support the delivery of the Next Generation Protection projects.
  • Support the development and delivery of CBRN CPD, testing and exercising and assurance events across the emergency services.
  • Carry out administrative functions relating to new and existing projects.
  • Be prepared to carry out any tasks that the Head of Centre requires commensurate with role.
  • As a member of the Duty Officer Cadre, to perform on call duties as per the authorised duty rota.

Essential Skills and Competencies:

  • CBRN responder background
  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Experience of operational and/or contingency planning and the development of guidance, plans and processes.
  • Tactical Advisor – CBRN, Public Order or Firearms. NB. If not already qualified the post-holder will be expected to achieve the police CBRN TA qualification.
  • Can work co-operatively with team members and colleagues, contributing positively and constructively to the achievement of team, Service and Organisational goals.
  • Explains complex issues, making them easy to understand within a multi-agency environment. Makes sure that important messages are being communicated and understood throughout the organization and to other stakeholders. Actively listens.
  • Gathers information from a range of sources to understand situations, ensuring it is reliable and accurate. Analyses data to identify key issues and problems.
  • Uses evidence effectively through analysis to identify requirements and considers alternative courses of action to make sound decisions. Encourages knowledge sharing within the team and wider business. Provide specialist advice and knowledge to colleagues, partners and other individuals and agencies.
  • Understanding of the CBRN business area in a multi-agency environment.
  • Takes responsibility for managing situations and problems. Leads by example, showing a commitment and a determination to achieve performance goals.
  • Personable and approachable with a strong focus on people.
Desirable Skills and Competencies:

  • Knowledge of National Emergency Services’ CBRN capabilities, structures and planning processes.
  • An excellent communicator to all audiences, sound decision maker with a flexible approach. Takes personal responsibility for making things happen and achieving results.
  • Personable and approachable with a strong focus on people.
  • Experience in providing specialist advice and knowledge to colleagues and agencies to support the achievement of organisational objectives and enable compliance with organisational policy.
  • Competent in the use of MS Office products (Project & Excel).

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