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Research Officer-(OCSET)


210000IK Requisition #

Job Title: Research Officer-(OCSET)

Grade: 5
Salary: £26,016–£29,793
Closing Date : Friday 5th November 

Principal purpose of the role

To form part of a specialist team responsible for safeguarding and investigating children at risk of Online Sexual Exploitation. The primary purpose will be to work with others to safeguard the most vulnerable children who are being sexually exploited or at risk of being so, together with an intelligence led approach to target Online CSE offenders and bring them to justice. The post holder will be responsible for Intelligence research and investigation in order to attribute offences of IIOC to suspects, building an intelligence profile on suspects and locations from initial referrals reporting IOC activity. The role will also involve using this intelligence to produce a risk assessment using nationally recognized risk assessment tools. There will be a requirement for the post hold to have access to the CAID IT system, which contains indecent images of children and prohibited images

The role itself is an existing and critical role progressing referrals for Indecent images of child and prohibited images (from NCA, external force and other partner agencies) into an enforceable intelligence package. This demand is currently being managed via secondment of resources from other departments and a substantive replacement is required, with previous advertising being both internal and external.

Knowledge, Skills and Competence:


  • Demonstrate proficient investigative skills including a good knowledge of Criminal Law together with knowledge and understanding of crime investigation procedures and reporting requirements
  • Proficient in investigating online criminal offences demonstrating an understanding  of online offending and technical data

Knowledge of:

  •  Information technology systems
  •  Intelligence processes
  • To undertake the following mandatory training /courses
  •  Relevant IT systems course – Internal and external
  •  Relevant joint agency training with partners
  •  E-learning force training relevant to the role
  •  National, local policy and legislation relevant to the role
  •  Relevant training/learning relating to the role i.e. technical data, intelligence, telecoms, CEOP,
  •  Financial investigation
  •  Effective communication skills using a variety of methods to ensure clear, accurate and appropriate  sharing of information
  • Competent in the use of internal and external information management systems


  • Proven working experience of intelligence management
  • Offender management
  • Proven working experience of sex offender management
  • Possess a knowledge of the role of external agencies involved in the investigation of online child sexual exploitation

Additional Information

  • The role involved the viewing of indecent images of children.
  • This role may require the post holder to perform duties on a force wide basis. A willingness to travel and be available where required.
  • Requirement to attend training organised by external providers.
  • There will be a requirement for the post hold to have access to the CAID IT system – Caid training will be provided 

Successful applicants will be required to pass Recruitment Vetting and Counter Terrorism Clearance, including MV vetting, scrutiny prior to commencing their role, this will include a full background & financial disclosure as part of the vetting process.

Medical Information-(Non-Operational)

Appointment to this role will be dependent upon successfully passing vetting and medical checks, which may include a drugs test and if required a fitness test.

Hours of Work

Core hours of work are 8:00 AM X 16:00 PM


Interviews are to likley to take place shortly after the closing date

Point of Contact- Theresa Grainger

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 ‘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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