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Police Surveillance Transferees

Police Officer
2300001N Requisition #

We are looking for substantive Surveillance Officers to transfer to West Midlands Police. 

Are you a current substantive Surveillance Officer (or have served) in a Home Office force? 

Do you wish you had more opportunity to put your Surveillance experience into practice?

Are you motivated and looking for a new challenge?

This vacancy is for substantive Surveillance Officers holding Q1 licence from Home Office Forces.

Our regional Surveillance Capability is a collaboration of police forces across the West Midlands working with the UK intelligence community to help protect the public and our national security by deterring, disrupting and thwarting criminal activity. Our officers and staff are at the forefront of the UK's work to confront crime, operating around the clock to provide tactical support to proactive and reactive Counter Terrorism and Serious and Organised Crime operations.

We are looking for highly motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic substantive constables, who hold valid Q1 licence to transfer to West Midlands as Surveillance Officers in this challenging yet rewarding role in an excellent team environment.

Your skills could help protect the UK. With the ongoing terrorist and organised crime threats, there has never been a more important time to be working alongside some of the best and brightest to help keep people safe.

Here is your opportunity to be part of a fast paced, vibrant specialist team who fight organised crime and terrorism across the region. 

The Role

The job of a Surveillance Officer is like no other. Every day offers a variety of exciting challenges and exceptional opportunities played out on a regional, national and international stage.

You will be part of a first class team utilising the latest surveillance techniques to help tackle terrorism and organised crime working alongside key partner agencies.  

As a WMP Surveillance Officer, you'll need to display the highest levels of integrity, personal commitment and flexibility as you'll be operationally focussed around individuals and Organised Crime Groups that pose the greatest threat, risk and harm to the region, including around guns, gangs, serious acquisitive crime and drugs.

This is a unique and rewarding opportunity to grow professionally while collaborating with a talented group of individuals. We'll offer you an extensive and enriching learning and development package, which you'll be actively encouraged to pursue.

Some, but not all, of our vacancies require enhanced tactics including carrying a Taser when the threat dictates. As part of the application process, you'll be asked whether you are willing to carry and use a Taser. In these circumstances, applicants will also be required to successfully undertake taser training. 


  • Eligibility Check
  • Current proof of training & licence validity
  • Competency Values Framework Interview around standards and behaviours
  • Security vetting at MV and SC clearance
  • Occupational Health & Fitness and Biometrics
  • References

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. 

We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion to enable us to provide the best possible service to the communities across the region. We therefore welcome and encourage applicants from colleagues with diverse backgrounds as we are currently under represented in this area.

Essential criteria:

  • To hold a current and valid Q1 Mobile National Surveillance Licence.
  • To be able to evidence that the Q1 licence is valid.
  • You must currently be serving or have served in a Home Office force (or BTP).
  • You must be a British citizen to work for CTU. If you hold dual nationality, with the primary nationality British, you may also be considered. 
  • The post-holder will be required to be security cleared to SC and MV level for the purposes of safeguarding national security in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002). We will support preferred candidates through the appropriate vetting process
  • Appointment will be subject to successful application and maintenance of this level of clearance.
  • To have a valid DVLA driving licence.
  • To hold a current and valid Police advanced car authority. To be able to provide certification of these passes.
  • Be available for a “on call” rota which the mobile teams operate.
  • Flexibility within the role to work across the region as dictated by operational demand.
  • Demonstrate by example a working knowledge of the National Intelligence Model and Regional Tasking processes in order to understand threat, risk and harm across the West Midlands Region.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of legislation and procedure associated with the investigation of Serious and Organised crime i.e. RIPA, PACE, CPIA, DPA.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate confidently to a variety of audiences.
  • Work effectively as part of a team and develop relationships across the organisation and with external partners, stakeholders and relevant bodies.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with limited supervision; planning and prioritising own workload.
  • Maintain a tactful and professional approach and ensure that working practices are consistent. 
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the Government Agency Intelligence Network.
  • Prepared to work as, when and where required subject to relevant employment law and police regulations showing a flexible working approach to working hours and location throughout the West Midlands Region as dictated by operational demand

Hours and Location:  Due to the nature of the role, unsocial working hours, travel across the region and shift changes at short notice are possible.

Contact: If you have any questions relating to this role, please Contact Us

To provide force resilience as and when required to threats to life and crime in action incidents all officers must be prepared take an equal part in the on-call Rota on weekdays, weekends and public holidays.

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, whilst protecting them from harm”.

We are 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 "Disability Confident Interview Scheme" - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be offered an interview.

It is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practicable or appropriate to interview all disabled people who meet the essential criteria for the job.  For example, in certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, seasonal and high-peak times, the employer may wish to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people.  In these circumstances, the employer could select the candidates who best meet the essential criteria for the job, as they would do for non-disabled applicants.

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