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Crime investigation and public protection

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Are you interested in crime investigation and have great communication and administration skills? Would you like to be part of our policing family, helping to protect people from harm and make Northamptonshire a safer place?

Northamptonshire Police is currently undergoing a number of changes to ensure we are fit for the future and able to deliver a modern, flexible policing service for the people of Northamptonshire.

As part of these changes, we are investing in more resources to investigate crime and protect the most vulnerable members of our communities. 

To help us do this, we have a number of fantastic new opportunities for people to join our team of police staff investigators to support police officers and detectives working within our Crime, Public Protection and Intelligence Command.

About the roles

Crime Investigation

As a Local Investigation Officer (LIO) within our crime investigation teams, you will support investigating officers in the completion of administrative functions that relate to both criminal investigation and judicial process. This will include obtaining statements and evidence in relation to forensic intelligence, preparing files, providing clerical support, liaising with other forces and criminal justice agencies, and other activities in support of criminal investigations.

You will be highly motivated, with excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience of statement taking or report writing. Computer literate, with experience of windows-based application, you will have the ability to research and interrogate databases. You will have a methodical and well organised approach to your work, and will be able to work accurately and effectively in pressured situations, as part of a team.  

You will be able to demonstrate your commitment to the Force’s values of honesty, fairness, reliability and approachability.

The salary is £21,998 to £24,028 with a shift enhancement, and 23 days annual leave plus bank holidays.

Public Protection

We are also recruiting six Safeguarding Officers and a Risk Management Officer to work within our Public Protection team.

Safeguarding Officers will undertake the role of the police decision maker at multi-agency case conferences and support safeguarding, coroner and criminal investigations. 

The Risk Management Officer will be required to manage and risk asses on a daily basis convicted sex offenders to ensure they comply with the Sexual Offences Act 2003. 

Candidates for these roles will be required to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as knowledge of relevant law and experience of conducting PACE interviews with suspects. 

The salary for these roles is £24,813 to £26,535 and 23 days annual leave plus bank holidays. 

More details

These are police staff roles and there are 25 Local Investigation Officer posts available and seven Public Protection posts (Safeguarding Officer and Risk Management Officer). Recruitment will be phased over the next six months and we are looking to start training our first intake in the summer.

Hours of work will be 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday, on an early or late shift between the hours of 0800-2000. 

The posts will be based in Northampton (Brackmills) and Kettering, however, successful applicants will be required to work at different locations across the county to meet work requirements. 

This is initially a 12-month fixed term contract. However, there may be opportunities for extended or permanent posts in the future, subject to a review and evaluation of the new roles as part of our ongoing change programme.   


For a full job description and to apply, please visit our e-recruitment page here or click on the links above. 

Alex, a Local Investigation Officer in Northampton, explains more about the role…

“As an LIO based in CID, I’m here to support police officers with their enquiries and assist in their investigations. We get involved in a range of tasks but one of our main responsibilities is taking statements. 

"We work on a wide range of cases, often serious and complex, and no two days are ever the same, which is something I really enjoy about the job. You might find yourself speaking to a victim of historical abuse in the morning and making enquiries about a robbery in the afternoon. 

"All the cases we get involved in have a big impact on someone’s life, whether it’s a criminal investigation or a missing person enquiry. We’re there to listen to and support victims and their families through the investigation and the criminal justice process.

"The nature of the job means hearing about some of the worst type of offences and supporting people at a time of need. At times it can be emotionally draining and being resilient and at all times professional is a must. It’s a really interesting and fulfilling role. 

"If you like to help people, to find answers to a puzzle and try to make a difference, then this might be the job for you."



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