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If you are a dedicated professional seeking a challenging and dynamic role with a critical impact on public safety, we invite you to apply for the position of Trainee IRB Operator. Join us in making a difference in our community and contributing to the safety and security of our region.

The Information Research Bureau (IRB) is a vital 24/7 department providing continuous support to our force by researching, interpreting, and disseminating information and intelligence related to threats, risks, harm, and crime via radio, phone calls, real time incident logs (CMP) and various other methods. We are seeking a dynamic individual to join our team of IRB Operators working a revolving 24/7 shift pattern: x2 0700-1600, x2 1200-2200, x2 2200-0700 followed by 4 rest days.

As a trainee Operator, you will be fully supported and coached throughout your training program, whilst navigating through the various classroom courses and in-house learning. As a fully trained Operator, you will have responsibility in many areas where no two days are the same.

All roles are available for flexible working including job sharing and part-time unless there are legitimate operational / business reasons why this cannot be accommodated

What you can expect

As an Operator, you can expect to:

  • Create and maintain accurate and comprehensive criminal records on the Police National Computer (PNC).
  • Ensure accurate records on PNC, including vehicle markers, Missing Persons, Wanted Persons, Information Markers, and Operational Information.
  • Provide real-time assistance to operational officers by researching and interrogating databases, offering real-time checks for Patrol and Response officers.
  • Conduct research and interpret information from multiple policing systems to provide real-time information for informed decision-making on threat, harm, and risk.
  • Provide force-wide advice on utilising available resources and systems for investigations.
  • Conduct research for intelligence and information on various policing incidents, including domestic abuse risk assessment, missing persons, and diverse situations from murder to neighbourhood disputes.
  • Determine the proportionate, relevant, and compliant disclosure of information in accordance with relevant legislation and guidance.
  • Handle intelligence related to protective orders, such as Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (CSODS) and Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS).
  • Conduct complex PNC investigations, including vehicle online descriptive searches (VODS) and QUEST person descriptive searches, supporting ongoing investigations.
  • Manage PNC DAF report administration to ensure accuracy and currency of information.
  • Evaluate messages coming into the IRB via the PNC, deciding on the areas of circulation considering the nature of the information.
  • Process prison recall paperwork from the Home Office, conducting research to ensure timely location and return of subjects to prison.
  • Train and develop Trainee IRB Operators through coaching, guiding them through department policies and procedures.
  • Assist in pre-planned and Ad Hoc operations within Local Policing Areas.

What we're looking for

You will need be educated to a good standard including excellent numeric and literacy skills which must be evidenced in your application form. Attention to detail and accuracy is essential, whilst using your own initiative to analyse and resolve problems when they arise.

You must be highly self-motivated, have the ability to work as part of a busy team under pressure and be flexible in your approach to working tasks and hours. You should have experience of and the ability to use computers with a wide variety of IT applications and a proven ability of inputting data accurately and quickly.

Applicants invited to interview will be asked to take a short typing test as part of the assessment process with a 28 WPM as a pass. Along with all other posts in the Force Intelligence & Specialist Operations Departments, this role will require an enhanced level of vetting.

What we offer

As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 24 days annual leave per annum pro-rata for part time (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, a wide range of lifestyle discounts, career development opportunities and have the option to join a local government pension scheme. T

Band 2E, circa £31,841 per annum, rising to £33,572 on completion of probation, plus other benefits. This salary includes a 33.5% shift allowance for 24/7 rotating shift.

If you have any queries please contact the Recruitment Team at quoting reference 21421. We will endeavour to respond to your query as quickly as possible.

Please use Google Chrome when completing your application, wherever possible, as this will enhance performance. The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 19th May 2024.

About us

At Thames Valley Police (TVP) we work together to protect our communities. Whether as an officer, staff member or volunteer, you will make a difference and play an important role in helping achieve our mission. As you take on a role with pride and confidence, you will be supported, developed and valued, ensuring you can be at your best in the service of our communities. Learn more About Us.

Working Smart. You will be joining an organisation that strives to improve every day. In the post-pandemic era this means changing the way we work and deliver our services, which brings a number of benefits including a more flexible and capable workforce.

Supporting You. Your wellbeing and safety is at the heart of all we do. Whilst you are doing the work that matters, we’ll be supporting you via a wide range of Wellbeing services, partnerships and initiatives. We have a number of active staff support networks and buddy schemes which you will have access to and can be involved with. We also offer a comprehensive range of benefits and discount schemes, some provided directly by the organisation and others via partnerships including Blue Light card. Learn more about how we will be Supporting You.

Developing You. We promote a culture where your continuous professional development and learning is actively encouraged and where people have the opportunity, and responsibility, to achieve their full potential.

Valuing Difference. We are committed to building a workforce that better reflects the communities we serve and an inclusive culture that not only values, but finds strength in difference. Learn more about how we are Valuing Difference.

Vetting. All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.