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ROCU - Technical Officer - Constable

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210000IY Requisition #

Technical Officer – Constable

Grade: Constable

Salary: Constable

Closing Date: 13th December 2021



This opportunity is only open to Police Constables serving with West Midlands, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Mercia Police Forces. Regional

Regional Organised Crime Unit for the West Midlands- Regional Undercover Unit

Applications are invited from substantive Constables in respect of a forthcoming vacancy in relation to the role of a Technical Officer. Applications are sought from individuals who seek a challenging and rewarding role within Covert Operations. The role offers flexibility and to be part of a welcoming and inclusive team.  Applicants need to be highly motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic with excellent technical skills.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate operational security in a technical capacity, providing tactical technical advice, undertaking technical installations, supporting networking infrastructure and be instrumental in the development of new technical initiatives to support the team’s cutting edge policing work.

Successful applicants will require the highest individual standards of confidentiality, honesty, integrity, tact and diplomacy.

The successful candidate will receive in role mentoring.


To reduce crime and disorder and make our communities feel safer by managing the threat, risk and harm caused by serious and organised crime through the effective management and use of undercover operations in support of the West Midlands Region.


To provide the West Midlands Region with a centre of excellence through which the management of undercover operations, covert intelligence and evidence collection can be conducted with confidence and professionalism.

To ensure that the organisation’s undercover intelligence and evidential activities are at all times lawful and compliant with relevant legislation and operational security is maintained at all times.


You will be part of Regional Undercover Unit ensuring operational security in a technical capacity, providing tactical technical advice, undertaking technical installations, supporting networking infrastructure and be instrumental in the development of new technical initiatives to support the team’s cutting edge policing work. It’s all about understanding what our officers need and keeping up to date with the advancements of technology.


The ROCUWM is currently under represented by female and minority groups. Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from candidates within underrepresented groups.


  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of working in a technical capacity, covert technical installations, encryption technology, telecommunications, general computing and networking infrastructure. Has a degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of planning, reviewing, implementing Technical installations surrounding Covert Policing.
  • Demonstrate you are capable of maintaining network systems that help our business operate smoothly whilst maintaining operational security.
  • Able to troubleshoot computer issues and provide technical support and guidance to operational teams.  You will have strong problem-solving skills, and take an analytical approach to your work.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of emerging technology and creative ways to capture evidence to make sure our team is ready for the future. With the ever-changing nature of technology today, there’s ample scope to learn and develop your skills by assisting in updating current systems as well the design of new future-proof systems in the digital arena.
  • Demonstrate able to work independently and as part of the undercover team so we are looking for people that are good at collaborating regionally and nationally whilst working on your own and as part of your team to drive progress forward.
  • Demonstrate capable of working and developing imagery/video and other digital file formats.
  • Maintain technical inventories and manage databases
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with other Law Enforcement Agencies nationally and internationally to share best practice and enable networking opportunities.
  • Ensure compliance with statutory requirements in relation to Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA 2000), Investigatory Powers Act 2016, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Code of Practice on Management of Police Information 2005. This will maintain investigations in line with legal parameters.
  • Knowledge of Overt and Covert police tactics
  • Knowledge of CPIA (Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996)
  • Potential to undertake sensitive enquiries and therefore exhibit high standards of integrity, confidentiality and professionalism. This includes digesting complex operational plans and managing highly sensitive information within the Government Security Classification (GSC) and Security Policy Framework (SPF).
  • Ability to be able to undertake sensitive taskings with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrate ability to prioritise and manage competing demands.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage threat, risk and be able to apply dynamic control measures.
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills: including verbal and written. The post holder will be articulate, methodical, conscientious and concise.
  • Ability to build positive relationships with colleagues, internal and external partners.
  • Experience of and ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative, effectively planning and organising activities and resources to meet objectives.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise workloads and produce accurate work within tight deadlines.
  • Cultural competence across all communities and the protected characteristics within the Equality Act.

Hours of work
Technical Officer Roles may require the need to work flexibly at all times with due regard to prevailing workloads and priorities.  There may be a requirement at times to travel to other locations within the region and nationally. Due to the nature of this role it is essential that technical officers are flexible in terms of their working location and are prepared to work temporarily at other locations. The ability to locate within the Regional area at short notice.

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


For further information please email  who will be able to answer any queries.


Applicants will be required to attend a ROCU Assessment Centre which will comprise of a Briefing exercise and CBI Interview. 

Other Information

  • You will report directly to a Detective Sergeant (ROCU) for Regional Undercover Unit
  • You will receive support and mentoring in role to assist in your development

Diversity and Inclusion
At ROCU WM, we aim to maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities. We welcome applications from all underrepresented groups, as Regional Undercover Unit are actively looking to improve the diverse representation on the team. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

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.

"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"

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