Intelligence Disclosure Officer
Grade E (£26,208 - £30,951)
Closing date: Friday 17rd July 2020
FTC - 12 Months
Please note: MV & SC vetting is required for this role
Merseyside Police is a modern force with traditional values and serves a population of 1.5 million people. Our Force covers a geographical area of 647 square kilometres and currently employs over 6,000 people in a variety of roles. We are committed to putting our communities first, preventing crime, protecting people and pursuing offenders
We are now looking for a Intelligence Disclosure Officer to join our new Intelligence Disclosure Unit.
The Intelligence Disclosure Unit is a new unit responsible for providing management guidance, support and advice and evidence in court in relation to complex and confidential intelligence disclosure ensuring that Merseyside Police discharges there legal responsibilities under relevant criminal and civil legislation.
This role would be suited to those who have managed sensitive information, those working in law or who have strict rules regarding sensitive information
- Present intelligence disclosure evidence at criminal, civil and family court hearings. Represent the Force in a confident manner within a pressured court environment, when being cross examined.
- Provide up to date and ongoing subject matter expertise on Intelligence disclosure policies and procedures to all individuals, regardless of their position or rank to deliver the highest quality of investigations and ensuring compliance with the Criminal Procedures Investigations Act (CPIA)
- Produce, prepare and present ‘Public Interest Immunity (PII) hearing documents in conjunction with Senior Prosecution Counsel to Senior Investigating Officers, Crown Prosecution Service and ‘leading’ Counsel in order to allow these critical applications to be presented by Senior Officers at Court Hearings whilst upholding CPIA principles and ensuring ECHR compliance in this complex field.
- Provide advice, guidance at the point of need in relation to Intelligence disclosure to Investigating officers and to reveal sensitive intelligence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) regarding source related intelligence matters, to ensure the highest professional and ethical standards are maintained in compliance with the Codes of Practice, ensuring the safety of the source at all times.
- Produce, prepare and deliver sensitive intelligence schedules to Senior Crown Prosecution Service and Counsel Representatives in line with strict CPIA guidelines.
- Attend case conferences to provide support and advice to any department involved in criminal prosecutions and/or civil court proceedings on matters relating to confidential or complex intelligence disclosure.
- Provide support and guidance to partners and customers in relation to obligations under CPIA.
- Manage CHIS related intelligence and produce disclosure documents to CPS heads of department and Prosecution Counsel ensuring compliance with CPIA and safety of Source through ECHR.
- Provide guidance to customers in relation to relevancy of ACL restricted intelligence and manage the sensitive material ensuring integrity of the data.
- Be accountable for all Health and Safety issues, including risk assessment, pertaining to the post holder’s area of responsibility in order to fulfil the statutory obligations of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
- Undertake all responsibilities relating to information management, data quality and 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 the Home Office Code of Practice on the Management of Police Information (MoPI).
Knowledge & Experience
- Must have previously managed sensitive information, or have worked in law or have worked in a role that has strict rules regarding sensitive information
- Comprehensive knowledge of the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 and rules of disclosure in order to provide CPS, SIOs and Heads of Department accurate information relating to sensitive material for disclosure.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the CPS Disclosure Manual.
- Comprehensive knowledge of Intelligence grading (5x5x5 & 3x5x2) and sanitisation and to be able to confidently sanitise intelligence to ensure only relevant information is revealed.
- Knowledge of the Management of Police Information (MOPI) including Data Protection, Government Classification Scheme (GCS)
- Knowledge of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) and the management of sensitive information.
- Knowledge of Civil disclosure rules (CPR P.31)
- High level of computer literacy skills, specifically in respect of Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel. Also to be skilled in all relevant Force IT systems including Niche and bespoke covert systems (Pegasus) which will be used within the unit.
- Collect, collate and evaluate information from Force Intelligence System to ascertain associations and implications of applications being made to ensure no compromise of on-going investigations can occur.
- An Intelligence Disclosure Support Officer will ensure that knowledge of all legislation and practices will be developed and maintained through individual, local, regional or national learning as directed in the future learning.
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written to be able to deliver findings. The ability to deal with personnel at all levels, internally and externally including Senior CPS lawyers. Ability to present intelligence disclosure at criminal and civil hearings and to be confident within a pressured court environment.
- Be self-motivated and able to use own initiative with the ability to problem solve and plan organise and prioritise workloads to effectively meet deadlines in a pressured environment.
- To have the ability to work alone for protracted periods of time and capable of making decisions independently.
In return for your commitment, you will receive:
- Competitive salary
- 32 days holiday including bank holidays (pro rata) – increasing with length of service
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- Family friendly policies
- Continuous professional development
- Flexi-time Scheme
- Parking on-site
- City Centre Location
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
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.
Merseyside Police are proud to use Positive Action to redress the balance of under representation our team will offer advice, guidance and support throughout the recruitment process to candidates from under-represented groups. For more information please refer to our Positive Action page https://www.merseyside.police.uk/police-forces/merseyside-police/areas/careers/join-us/positive-action-recruitment-team/