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Prison Intelligence Officer

BirminghamFull Time
  • Constable
  • 28, August 2020Deadline
  • West Midlands Police
  • Government & Public Sector

Job details

There are currently three vacancies in the Regional Prison Intelligence Unit within the Regional Organised Crime Unit for the role of a Prison Intelligence Officer.

These vacancies are at HMP Hewell, HMP Dovegate, and a position at the cluster of prisons HMP’s Oakwood, Brinsford & Featherstone.

The successful applicant will join the team of intelligence officers, analysts, and researchers currently working in the 12 West Midlands Prison establishments. Flexibility is crucial, as there may be a requirement to work in other regional prisons to over leaving etc. Traveling issues will be discussed with each applicant where necessary.

Core responsibilities of the West Midlands Prison Intelligence Officers:-

  • Gather, evaluate, and disseminate criminal intelligence within and outside the prison environment using police and prison service computer systems.
  • Research and develop intelligence on serious organized crime, counter-terrorism, and high-risk prisoner groups (organized crime groups, TACT nominals, gangs, and serious sex offenders).
  • Effectively manage the nationally agreed prison intelligence/evidence processes (OPT authorities).
  • Advise LEAs and Governors on issues relating to the evidential use of prison intelligence products and the disclosure of such products under the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA).
  • Establish and maintain relationships with partners in all sections of the prison to maximize opportunities for intelligence gathering and to develop and maintain close partnership-working arrangements between the various agencies.
  • Attend and be involved at various meetings, prison or police led relating to the joint working of HMPPS and the RPIU, i.e. corruption, tasking, pathfinder.
  • Develop initiatives with the prison security team to prevent and detect crime within and outside the prison, including trafficking of prohibited items.
  • Identify appropriate prisoners, for debriefs, intelligence interviews, exit interviews, and where appropriate, complete CHIS referrals.
  • Work with LEAs and HMPPS to exploit opportunities for criminal asset recovery.
  • Actively manage the LEA production process in line with the current PSI and maximize inward intelligence from that production.
  • Manage covert tactics against subjects identified by law enforcement agencies, including reviewing and processing RIPA and OPT surveillance authorities, in line with legislation and prison guidelines.
  • Facilitate technical and feasibility studies for LEA covert operations within the prison.
  • Facilitate effective communication between HMPPS and LEA’s regarding deaths in custody and offer on advice on scene preservation and contamination.
  • Facilitate effective communication between HMPPS and LEA concerning the movement of prisoners outside of the prison.
  • Support LEAs and prison staff with risk management of vulnerable or at-risk prisoners.
  • Support the prison corruption prevention group with the development of intelligence opportunities to tackle prison staff corruption.
  • Conduct all Category A prison accreditations.
  • Collate and conduct Category A visits under the ‘Approved Visitor Scheme’, (AVS).
  • Complete pre-release intelligence packages on all HIP nominals and those subject to a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) as part of the coordination of Lifetime Offender Management Process (LOM).
  • To undertake other duties commensurate with nature, level of responsibility, and grading of this post, as required.

The successful candidate will have some knowledge or skill in the following areas:-

  • Ability to negotiate and influence people and partners.
  • Often managing upwards to achieve common goals.
  • Sound intelligence background and proven experience in the investigation of intelligence-led operations targeting organized crime/counter-terrorism.
  • Drive, determination, and self-motivation.
  • Sound decision making, with an ability to manage complex change.
  • Outstanding communication, report writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Research, development, and production of high-quality intelligence reports that are able to support strategic or operational activity.
  • Ability to negotiate with external and internal partners at a variety of levels.
  • Have a detailed understanding of how OPT authorities operate, how they are used within an inquiry, and the legislation and guidelines that underpin them.
  • Experience of reactive and proactive investigations and display a sound awareness of information and evidence gathering techniques.
  • RIPA legislation governing covert surveillance and CHIS, and the general principles of the Human Rights Act 1998.
  • Understanding of the National Intelligence Model (NIM).
  • Liaison with a variety of law enforcement and other partner agencies on a broad range of partnership activities and proactive and reactive crime-related inquiries.
  • Understanding of the concept of risk management.
  • Understanding of the principles of ‘Offender Management’.

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