Police Staff/Force Investigations/Homicide Support Unit/Investigations Support Officer
Force Headquarters

Job reference: 006999

Closing date: 08/10/2021

Job start date: Not specified

Salary: Grade E £26,865 to £31,725

Employment type: Permanent - Full Time

Department: (INV) Investigations

Hours per week: 36.5

Working Days: 5

Force Investigations

Level 2 Investigations

Homicide Support Unit (HSU)


Grade E (£26,865 - £31,725)

Stanley Road Police Station

Closing Date: Friday 8th October 2021


To participate as part of a team dedicated to homicide and serious crime investigations. To review records and documentation obtained during such investigations to ensure legal and procedural compliance and to identify further investigative opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

  • To participate in evidence gathering, file preparation and presentation of evidence at court in relation to murder investigations post charge and to conduct the duties of outside enquiry officer, telecommunications officer, exhibits officer and disclosure officer as and when necessary and to provide cover to the Action Managers in their absence.
  • To undertake individual responsibility for allocated actions, multi-task in different roles across several separate murder enquiries and manage workload without supervision and to identify urgent matters to ensure that they are dealt with expeditiously and / or brought to the attention of the investigation SIO through the appropriate line management.
  • To assist in the completion of files and associated paperwork in respect of prosecutions. Where directed by the SIO act as case officer in Category ‘C’ murder, homicide, and other serious crime investigations, submitting time bound full and complete files of evidence to national standards for review by Crown Prosecution Service and attend judicial proceedings to give evidence if required. 
  • To work with partners in both the judicial and coronial system, forensic service providers and other stakeholders in preparation for trial at Crown Court, Coroner’s inquest, and other hearings. To represent the SIO during these processes as required.
  • Trace and take statements from witnesses, interview suspects under caution when necessary and uplift exhibits in compliance with all relevant legislation. Support witness management including contacting and interviewing witnesses and supporting witnesses throughout the criminal justice process.
  • Maintain a high standard of accuracy and professional judgment when reviewing, analysing, and evaluating large amounts of information on investigations, working in a systematic and logical way to secure evidence, identify gaps or further evidential opportunities whilst ensuring compliance with legislation, local and national guidelines.
  • Support the processes regarding seized material and exhibits including the correct labelling, recording and safe handling of exhibits, managing or assisting in the recording of exhibits onto a database ensuring the accurate continuity of exhibits.
  • Present CCTV and other images into a computerised digital format to aid briefings and delivery of evidential presentation of such material by the SIO, investigation team and Crown Prosecution Service.
  • To support the warrants process including preparing paperwork in relation to obtaining search warrants from the courts and in conjunction with police officers, execute search warrants and undertake searches.
  • Be accountable for all Health & Safety issues, to include risk assessment, pertaining to the post holder's area of responsibility to fulfil the statutory obligations of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • Undertake all responsibilities relating to information management, data quality, information sharing, intelligence, and information security to ensure accordance with the Authorised Professional Practice (APP) on Information Management issued by the College of Policing including Home Office Code of Practice om MoPI.

Knowledge & Experience

It is essential that the post holder has extensive experience in the following to review cases and to quality assure processes:

•     An in-depth criminal investigation background with experience in investigating complex and protracted enquiries.

•     Experience in the roles of disclosure, exhibits, telecommunications, and outside enquiries on live investigations.

  • Experience of authoring complex reports.
  • Experience of utilising the Niche system.
  • Preparation of prosecution files.
  • Liaising with CPS, legal representatives and other agencies involved in crime investigations.
  • PEACE Tier 2 interview witness and suspect trained.
  • Knowledge of procedures in relation to RIPA and information handling disclosure.
  • It is desirable that the post holder has experience of the following, to review cases, lead investigations and quality assure processes:
  • File management.
  • Experience of investigating Domestic Violence and Child Protection cases.
  • Proven inter-personal and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of major incident room procedures.
  • Tier 3 Specialist interview trained.

  • To display a high level of flexibility, resilience, and dependability to cope with high profile and sensitive investigations, extended working hours and demanding workloads associated with the post, displaying the appropriate level of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Ability to present information clearly and concisely in a logical and systematic manner in order that best practice is identified and adopted.
  • Extensive experience as an investigator and an in-depth knowledge of relevant criminal and civil law, together with related Police powers/procedures, Chief Officer Guidelines and a sound working knowledge of the National Intelligence Model and MIRSAP. Have an in-depth knowledge of specialist investigations that form part of the review process and actively maintain knowledge in relation to investigative practices, forensic science advancements and changes to legislation.
  • The ability to interview suspects and witnesses in accordance with current legislation, policies, procedures, Codes of Practice, and guidelines in relation to the conduct of interviews together with a knowledge of disclosure issues.

(Does your post require any Police Powers, and if so, what are they, and why are they necessary?)

The post holder must be fully conversant with all relevant legislation, under any Act, which may routinely be required in performing the role, such as when conducting interviews or recovering exhibits.

The post holder will be designated under the Police Reform Act, 2002, by the Chief Constable to exercise the following powers: -

• General power of seizure (Section 19, Schedule 4, Police Reform Act, 2002)

• Access and copying in the case of things seized (when acting under Section 19 above) (Section 20, Schedule 4, Police Reform Act, 2002)

Guidance notes are attached; please ensure that you read these before completing your supporting evidence.

Please base your evidence on the knowledge and experience on the attached Job Description Questionnaire utilising the competencies contained within the Competency Value Framework

Please click here to view the Competencies Values Framework

Please note - In addition to submitting this online application, Officers MUST also submit a LINE MANAGER SUPPORT form (found on the link below) to shared.service.recruitment@merseyside.police.uk by the closing date for this position.

Police Staff/Officers: http://iforce/DocumentCentre/CorporateDocuments/Line%20Manager%20Support%20Form%202019.doc?Web=1
Volunteers: http://iforce/DocumentCentre/CorporateDocuments/Special%20Constable-Volunteer%20Line%20Manager%20Support%20Form%202018%20(002).doc?Web=1

Equality Act 2010

Any candidate who has a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is required to inform us, in order to ensure that ‘reasonable adjustments’ can be made.  Our policy, at the stage of interview, is that we will ask all candidates whether we need to make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.  Under the Equality Act, a disabled person is someone with a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

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