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Vacancy Information

*Launching January 2021*



The Role

Do you think proactively, have a passion for investigation, are dedicated to tackling criminality force wide and want to shape an investigative function for an exciting new team within Sussex Police?

As part of Sussex Police’s officer uplift, an exciting opportunity has emerged for a substantive detective sergeant within the Specialist Enforcement Unit, focussing on force priorities, including organised acquisitive crime and KSI (killed or seriously injured) reduction strategies. Your role is key to ensuring we deny criminals the use of the road network in Sussex.

The detective sergeant will play a pivotal role in designing the investigative strand of the unit. Reviewing the strategic priorities to realise the best use of the investigative function to bring those offenders to justice. The investigative team will work closely with uniform colleagues, including the liaison officers to build a wider information picture on taskings and threats to our county.

We want to put YOU at the fore front of investigations setting early strategy and secondary review to bring the best possible team results.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead an investigative team supporting a proactive, tasked resource focused on force priorities including key areas such as the above.

  • Review, supervise and direct a wide variety of investigations taking into account threat, harm and risk.

  • Problem solving including partnership working to maximise disruption of organised criminality.

  • Act as a robust gatekeeper to ensure the most effective use of the team.

  • Consistent justified decision making in an intelligence driven environment to maximise investigative opportunities.

  • Together with wider stakeholders, oversee investigations into allocated priorities, to ensure that all victims and those identified at risk are offered maximum protection and, to prosecute offenders utilising the road network for criminality.

  • Review unit case load to ensure all investigations sit within sufficient capability or escalate via appropriate channels as required

The Specialist Enforcement Unit will be dedicated to proactive policing at a Force level, working with other units to deny criminals the use of the roads and support the force control strategy, specifically; organised acquisitive crime and the reduction of killed or seriously injured collisions on our roads through visible presence and enforcement. Targeting high risk high harm offenders thereby protecting the people of Sussex and those most vulnerable.

The team will consist of:

  • One inspector

  • Three uniform sergeants managing nine police constables.

    • One of the nine police constables will be a PC Liaison Officer

  • Dedicated investigations team - One detective sergeant managing a team of detective and police constables.

  • Dedicated dog handler support

Teams will work a shift pattern based around core shifts of earlies and lates. It is proposed the detective sergeant will mainly work a weekday pattern, but with scheduled weekend cover and an expectation of flexibility due to the nature of the role. We are keen to promote diversity and flexibility in line with the role profile such as job sharing and part time (full shifts only).

Due to the nature of this team and the need for scene deployment, officers of Category A (fully operational – not on adjusted duties) and Category C (Verbal/physical confrontation would need to be risk assessed but able to work full shifts) are preferred for this unit.

Skills & Experience

  • Proven decision making capability in an intelligence driven environment to maximise investigative opportunities.

  • Knowledge of intelligence models and managing team submissions/analysis of quality intelligence.

  • Previous end to end investigative experience in complex and organised crime including policies regarding ownership and review.

  • Possess strong interpersonal skills in order to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders; colleagues, partner agencies, victims, witnesses and suspects.

  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of criminal law and procedure, particularly involving, acquisitive crime series and links to organised criminality.

  • Experience of problem-solving and partnership working throughout investigations.

  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the code of ethics, force policies and procedures and policing professional framework. Maintain standards of conduct and professionalism both within the organisation and when representing Sussex Police externally.

Contact Details

For further information and to discuss the role, please contact T/Insp Mark Baker CB007

Additional Information

Please note that all expressions of interest must be agreed through your Line manager prior to applying. You line manager must endorse that you are suitable for this role based on your current performance. To be eligible to apply officers must not be subject to any live misconduct investigations.

The role will carry a tenure of two years.

We welcome applications from transferees and re-joiners. Any applications from officers outside of Sussex Police will be processed on a transferee basis. Transferees and re-joiners will need to upload a copy of their last two PDRs and driving record.