Police Adviser (Frontline Policing Portfolio)
The Home Office is the government department with lead responsibility for counter-terrorism, policing, fire, drugs and crime, borders, immigration, citizenship and passports.
Home Office Science works in support of these business areas and includes specialists from across the whole range of scientific disciplines: social researchers; operational researchers; economists; statisticians; physical scientists, engineers; veterinary, medical and biological scientists. We play a vital role in supporting the Home Office’s work, in policy and operations, providing stakeholders and end-users with the best evidence, science, technology, analysis and research available. We do this by:
The Home Office Science Commissioning Hub is the unit within the Home Office that works with our stakeholders and end-users to identify capability gaps and challenges and to tailor science and technology support and provision to address requirements. Through a range of Science and Technology (S&T) delivery partners, we commission solutions, working closely with our senior stakeholders and end-users to ensure that outputs meet the requirement. We work closely with external providers to give expert scientific and technical support to policing, the Home Office and other government departments. We are involved in cutting-edge research and development, addressing a wide range of key issues.
The Commissioning Hub is the primary Science & Technology (S&T) interface between Home Office Ministers and policy formulation; frontline operational decision makers; end users and the delivery organisations. We engage with senior users across the Home Office and the wider government customer community to understand their needs, and then work with the delivery organisations to ensure the most appropriate S&T is commissioned and delivered.
The current portfolio of work addresses a considerable proportion of the Home Office interests. A representative number of themes include:
The Commissioning Hub is located in 2 Marsham Street, London but also has desk space in Croydon.
As one of three Police Advisers, reporting to the Senior Police Adviser and Head of Commissioning, you will provide a vital link between the Commissioning Hub, key Home Office policing stakeholders and delivery partners, including the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). You will achieve this by advising the Commissioning Hub and delivery partners on strategic and operational policing and security requirements. This advice will be in the context of the full range of frontline policing activity and will include the specialist areas of armed policing, less lethal weapons and public order.
You will help to develop perspective, and provide advice, on policing issues affecting other business groups within the Home Office and wider government where necessary.
You will be pivotal in steering the future work of Home Office Science, promoting the interests of the police service and others internally and representing the Commissioning Hub externally at all levels.
Regular UK and occasional overseas travel will be necessary.
Conditions of service
This post is offered on secondment for 2 years (extendable to 4 years by agreement) to substantive Chief Inspectors (or Inspector on temporary promotion).
All applicants must obtain their Line Managers support to apply for this post and, where applicable, suitability for temporary promotion.
All applicants must obtain Chief Officer approval to be released on secondment prior to applying for this post.
All applicants must notify their Human Resource or Personnel departments prior to applying for this post.
Essential skills and suitability for selection will be assessed against the College of Policing Competency and Values Framework (www.college.police.uk)
Secondees will retain their current pension arrangements.
Accommodation is not provided with this post.
There will be a requirement for regional travel as part of this role. Additional travel costs over and above normal home to office will be reimbursed, subject to agreement. Travel and subsistence allowances within current policy will be reimbursed.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The minimum level of vetting required to apply for this post is SC and applicants must be willing to undergo DV.
Candidates will be subject to UK Immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you are applying for a role requiring security clearance, please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However, certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside of the UK.
Please submit a CV detailing your relevant posting history and a letter of interest explaining why you are suitable for the role.
Confirmation of no outstanding misconduct matters must be provided with the CV and covering letter.
Your CV and letter, accompanied by Line Manager and Chief Officer supporting comments, must be submitted for the attention of the Senior Police Adviser by email to:
The closing date for receipt of applications is Midnight on Sunday 14th March 2021. Applications received after this date will not be considered or responded to.