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G5 Dedicated Surveillance Operative – Dedicated Unarmed Surveillance Team

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Public Sector
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The NCA is creating a new dedicated surveillance team to enhance agency support to proactive operations against high risk, high priority, Organised Crime Groups impacting across England and Wales.

Job Description

The team will be based in the South of England, but will operate in support of NCA operational teams anywhere across the country. It will undertake surveillance in respect of all types of criminal activity; ranging from firearms supply to child sexual exploitation, and money laundering to the supply of Class A drugs.

Surveillance operatives with considerable experience and other related skills from a variety of backgrounds are required to be part of the new team.


What will the successful candidate be doing?  


Key Responsibilities

Will form the basis of the new dedicated surveillance team, bringing with them a full range of previous surveillance experience in either law enforcement, military or other government agency roles.

They will have a range of surveillance qualifications, with some being specialists in technical, rural and/or motorcyclist surveillance.

The officers will deploy in two sub-teams or come together as a single team, to undertake a range of surveillance deployments in support of NCA operations across England and Wales.

It is anticipated that the new team will be made up of officers from a wide range of ethnic and other backgrounds, to reflect the makeup of modern British society.

Please note :

Successful candidates will be expected to pass a five day Officer Safety Training course (OST) during their probationary period or during their first six months in the Agency (Civil Service transfers). Failure to do so would mean you would not be able to continue in the operational Investigator role, we would seek to find you an alternative non-operational role within the agency.

The OST combines cognitive input, armed and unarmed defence theory and practical techniques and as such, requires a level of physical exertion, due to the nature and repetition of the drills. The practical techniques include use of body weapons, movement and positioning, strikes (armed/unarmed) blocks, restraint and control. We will expect officers attending the course to have a standard of physical fitness. Progressive full body warm-ups are conducted each day to minimise risk of injury to the officer. It is expected the officer is capable of a ground descent and ascent, unaided and within a reasonable timeframe. This is important both individually and in team tactics.

Individuals who do not currently hold Professionalising Investigations Programme (PIP1) accreditation are still eligible to apply and will be assessed upon arrival to identify training requirements. Those who join the agency without PIP1 accreditation may be required to achieve this, including passing any exams (National Investigators Exam (NIE) and/or the NCA Specific Powers Exam).

‘ The National Crime Agency welcomes applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Our Diversity is one of our greatest strengths. We are committed to providing a positive and inclusive environment where officers from all backgrounds and identities can succeed; and make a real difference in the fight against serious and organised crime. We want to recruit the very best and build a workforce that reflects modern Britain and the communities we serve.'

***All NCA officers requires to obtain DV Enhanced within 12 months of entry. If DV Enhanced cannot be obtained the officer will be required to move to a non-DV role. To meet the National Security Vetting requirements for this role you will need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 7 out of the past 10 years. For more information please see the Candidate information Pack***