Police Staff Investigator - 12 month fixed term contract

190000HG Requisition #

Grade: Band C

Salary: Circa £23,011 (which includes an additional weekend working allowance)

Closing Date:  30th September 2019

Police Staff Investigator Roles (PSI)

Recruitment is now open for the role of Police Staff Investigator (PSI). Applications are invited for 12 month fixed term roles. This is an excellent opportunity to start or continue your investigation career and make a real difference to communities across the West Midlands region.


The Role


As a PSI, you will interview the victims of crime either in their own home, at a police station convenient to them or over the telephone.  The crimes will be varied and would include incidents reported of criminal damage, assaults, burglary, harassment, domestic abuse and safeguarding, to name just a few.


You will obtain initial details from victims of crime and take formal statements from witnesses. If a crime has been committed then it is the responsibility of the PSI to record it appropriately and conduct a thorough investigation. You will be a key part of a diverse investigation team including police constables and detectives, focusing on bringing offenders to justice and protecting our communities from harm.


You will manage a portfolio of investigations; taking personal responsibility for your case load. Your investigations will include completing crime reports, conducting house to house enquires, taking statements from witnesses and locating and securing and preserving evidence (for example CCTV). You will also be responsible for assisting with the preparation of files for court. 


You will face many challenges as no two days are the same. You need to think on your feet and be confident in making the right decisions. The roles currently exist within our Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), where you will be working on a range of different types of crime; and our Public Protection Unit (PPU) focusing on cases such as domestic abuse, incidents of child abuse and  sexual assault, safeguarding and sexual offences. Applicants should be prepared to work in any area of the force.


The Person


You do not need to be police officer to be a PSI. Full training will be given but any prior investigation skills would be an advantage. We are looking for people who are flexible, organised, self-motivated and most of all approachable. You will be required to offer support to victims of crime and be prepared to handle and diffuse situations of conflict. You will need a full driving licence, good I.T skills, be able to work on your own and also as part of a team. You should be prepared to travel to various locations across the West Midlands.

The post holder will be required to work a shift pattern covering 7 days a week to include evenings and weekends. 


The starting salary for the role is circa £23,011 which includes an additional weekend working allowance.

If you would like to find out more about the role, we are holding a number of discovery evenings at our headquarters, Lloyd House, in Birmingham. 

Please click on the relevant link below and follow the instructions to book your place.


Please note, due to the demand of these events only one ticket will be issued per attendee.

The events will be held in room G2 at Lloyd House (West Midlands Police Headquarters), Colmore Circus Queeensway, Birmingham B4 6 AT on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 11 September between 18:00 and 20:00
  • Friday 13 September between 18:00 and 20:00
  • Monday 16 September between 18:00 and 20:00
  • Friday 20 September between 18:00 and 20:00

Questions & Answers:


Q, Do I need any prior law enforcement or investigation experience?

A. No. Full training will be given but prior experience would be of benefit.

Q. What is the difference between a Police Staff Investigator and Police Staff Investigating Officer?

A. Police Staff Investigating Officers have additional powers allowing them to seize evidence, interview suspects, make arrests under certain proscribed circumstances and other powers in respect of            detained persons.  Police Staff Investigators do not have these powers but are able to carry out a range of different investigation activities.

Q. Where are the roles based?

A. The roles are mainly based in central Birmingham but there are some roles based across the Black Country and Coventry.

Q. Do I need to have a full driving licence?

A. Yes, you may be required to travel to a range of locations across the West Midlands

Q. Can the fixed term contract be extended?

A. There may be an opportunity to extend the contract or make the employment permanent but there is no guarantee as funding for these roles has only been agreed for 12 months.

Q. Will undertaking this role help my application to be a police officer?

A. This role will provide a real insight into policing and the role of an investigator. You don’t have to be a police officer to investigate crime. We have investigators at all levels and we are developing a            professional career pathway for non-police officer investigators.

Q. Do I have to wear a uniform?

A. No. We expect our investigators to wear smart business attire.

Q. Is there someone I can speak to if I have any questions about this role?

A. We will be running a number of discovery evenings to provide insight into the role. There will an opportunity to speak with investigators and supervisors working on these teams.

Q.  I am currently on a PSI fixed term contract (12 months), can I apply for PSIO roles currently advertised? 

A.  During your probationary period you will not be permitted to apply for alternative police staff roles within the Force unless there are exceptional circumstances. In such cases, you would require the support of your line manager prior to applying for alternative roles, and if successful, your probationary period will start over. 

Q.  I am currently in the PSI recruitment process, can my current application be considered for the PSIO role advertised currently? 

A.  If you are currently being interviewed for a PSI role or offered a PSI fixed term contract role (12 months) but not started yet at the Force, your current application will not be considered for PSIO roles currently advertised. If you wish to be considered for a PSIO role, you will be required to withdraw from the PSI recruitment process and submit a fresh application for a PSIO role. 

However, due to the operational demand and short term nature of the project Guardian, it is our hope and expectation that individuals will continue with the recruitment process initially applied for. 


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. 

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