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Vacancy Information

This role is within a unit where Surrey Police and Sussex Police work in collaboration, whilst continuing to be two separate legal entities/employers with different terms and conditions.

Both Surrey Police staff and Sussex Police staff are employed in this unit on their own force terms and conditions.

Successful candidates may be appointed on the terms and conditions of employment of either Surrey Police or Sussex Police, depending on organisational requirements. A discussion will be held with the successful candidate to confirm the details of location, salary, allowance and hours.

Division / Department - Operations Command
Status - Full Time
Contract Type - Permanent
Grade - Surrey Police Grade E / Sussex Police Grade 8
Salary Grade Range - Surrey Police £23,204 - £26,613 / Sussex Police £22,599 - £24,546

The starting salary for this role will usually be at the bottom of the salary range.

The Role

There is one post currently available within the Operation Planning Team.

For further explanation about the role, responsibilities and the projected vacancy please make contact with the Planning Supervisors detailed in the contact information.

The Operations Planning Team provides an expert planning service across Operations Command as well as the provision of key logistical equipment to support force operations. The Operations Planner will play a key role in the planning of all significant events across Surrey & Sussex, ensuring that Commanders are fully supported and that operations are planned in a consistent, timely and professional manner. In addition they will assist with the deployment of logistical equipment in support of large scale operations and emergency incidents. The team also provide a 24/7 out of hour’s response capability across both Sussex and Surrey requiring a frequent commitment to an ‘on-call’ rota, attracting an on call allowance.


Applicants will be subject to a work related fitness test at the interview stage, under supervision, which will consist of the movement of logistical equipment regularly used by the team. Further details regarding this will be supplied to those offered an interview.

Key Responsibilities

You will work closely with colleagues, police commanders and partners in both Surrey & Sussex ensuring that operations are effectively planned in accordance with the planning process. You will be responsible for providing appropriate planning guidance and advice, as well as undertaking planning tasks as directed by the designated commanders and team supervisors. This will include representing the team at planning meetings, both internally and externally, as well as offering appropriate advice and recommendations at Safety Advisory Group meetings. You will be responsible for planning the logistical aspects of the operation to ensure that all officers assigned to the operation, receive the necessary briefings, feeding and kit to enable them to perform their role effectively. This will, on occasion involve weekend and unsociable hours working when supporting the operational phase of the operation. You will also be responsible for the co-ordination of mutual aid both into and out of the Force areas and will liaise with regional and national colleagues on a regular basis.

Skills & Experience

• Excellent communication skills
• Planning and organising skills
• Ability to prioritise competing demands
• Ability to remain calm and work well under pressure
• Ability to work unsupervised and as part of a small team
• Computer literate - competent basic user in the following programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Must hold a full driving licence (Categories D1 and C1 will be required for the post holder but can be obtained once in post)

Training will be provided in relation to specific planning knowledge.

Further Information

For further information please contact Planning & Logistics Supervision PS Helen Dunkling on 01273 404198 or Acting Manager Stuart Jones on 01273 470101, extension 545230.

Additional Information

Surrey Police and Sussex Police work together in collaboration for this role, however they remain two different employers, with differing pay scales, allowances and terms and conditions including hours of employment.

This post is being advertised in parallel with Force redeployment processes. Any redeployees who are identified will be given preference. This may result in the post being withdrawn at any point during the recruitment process.

If you are an internal candidate looking to apply for this role, it is really important that you inform and seek support from your line manager of your intention to submit an application for this role as this allows for sufficient resource planning. Failure to inform your line manager may result in a delay in a release dates being agreed.

If you are conditionally offered the role your attendance record and any reasonable adjustments already in place will be discussed with yourself and your current line manager. If you are successful in your application, you may be required to resign and transfer your employment, taking on the Terms & Conditions and pay scales of the Lead Force (if this is not your existing Home Force).

Surrey Police and Sussex Police Special Constables, Volunteers and Agency Staff (excluding self employed workers) covered under the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) are eligible to apply for internal advertised posts.

Diversity Statement

We are only as good as our people. It's really important that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we know that as an organisation we'll grow from the variety of thinking, approach and skills that diversity brings; all of which help us deliver a better policing service. We strive to ensure how we deliver our services, provide information and how we recruit is open and accessible to all.

We have multiple staff support groups who help to improve our understanding of minority issues and ensure they are reflected in our work. We are proud members of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and Disability Confident, a signatory of the Race at Work Charter and aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status or religious beliefs, we would love to hear from you.