Specialist Support Officer - Police Constable - ERSOU ROCU

Bedfordshire Police
Police Officer (Internal & ERSOU Recruitment)
ERSOU Officer Secondment
Full Time
ERSOU - Regional Organised Crime Unit

Please note, if this is a paid role and the role is part time then the salary quoted will be pro rata based on the hours worked per annum.


17/12/2023, 23:55


An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for a full time police staff equivalent (PSE), or police constable to be seconded (please see alternative advert) to join the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit Specialist Support Unit located within the Technical Surveillance Unit in Hertfordshire.

ERSOU ROCU has responsibility for targeting serious and organised crime through the delivery of covert services to the five regional forces, Essex and Kent.

Within ERSOU ROCU is the Specialist Support Unit, which is a specialist unit working to support proactive covert operations. ERSOU ROCU Specialist Support Unit is a part the Eastern Region Organised Crime Unit delivering specialist covert policing capabilities, tackling the threat of those police forces that form part of the region and identifying Organised Crime Groups to be enforced upon.

This role is for a PSE or officer who seeks to undertake a Specialist role in support of serious and organised crime investigations. They will work with the ERSOU operational teams, the Serious and Organised Crime teams in each of the forces, and any other force department or agencies who require specialist support.
This post is ideally suited to a PSE or officer who currently works in or has experience of working in covert police roles. Whilst there is a specialist aspect of the role, all training and development will be provided.

Successful applicants will be assisting dynamic covert investigation which requires a flexible approach to the working day. In order to respond to changing circumstances, Specialist Support staff often work extended hours and alter shifts at short notice.

There is an on call requirement for 7 days in every 8 weeks including one weekend.
The commitment can be challenging but the role is extremely rewarding as you will play a vital role in achieving outcomes against those persons who cause the most harm to our communities.

Vetting: Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo Management Vetting (5 years residency criteria) and Security Clearance (5 years residency criteria) or Development vetting, if applicable, before taking up the post. Please be aware the Police Corporate Vetting Unit will undertake security vetting on successful candidates, their family and others that live at their home address, which will include financial checks. Due to the sensitive nature of these checks, we are not able to supply feedback should clearance be declined.

Entry requirements include:
- Qualified Police advanced driver
- Currently licensed to Q1 surveillance
- Qualified Rural Surveillance Officer

You will be expected to provide written evidence around the following competencies and the minimum entry requirements (500 words max) from the role profile:

-We take ownership  
-We deliver, support and inspire  
-We analyse critically  
-We are innovative and open minded  

Please note there is a 250 words limit for each competency and 500 words limit for the minimum entry requirement.

Please note, this position is being advertised as a Staff and Officer Role, there is only one position available. It will be offered to the most suitable candidate from either application pool.  

For Further Information: 

If you have any further questions please contact the position manager, Joe Toomey via email joe.toomey@beds.police.uk 

To apply for any role within ERSOU, you are required to be a current serving Officer within the below Forces. If you are not, you will need to apply to transfer to one of these Forces before we would be able to accept an application for an ERSOU Officer role.  



Must notify the HR Resource Planning Team of their intention to apply by email to hr.resource.planning@ecis.police.uk no later than 5 working days prior to closing date 

Before submitting an application, please ensure that this advert has been supported by your home force, and that you have read and understood the eligibility criteria - the link for this can be found on your home force’s Secondments and External Opportunities webpage. If you are unsure, please contact HR Resource Planning hr.resource.planning@ecis.police.uk


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Not opened to Herts Officers 

Additional Information   

All internal/external applicants must have successfully completed their probationary period to apply for this role.   

As a Disability Confident leader, we take personal responsibility to help create an inclusive workplace, where police officers and staff respect one another, feel valued for their differences and can be themselves. We are committed to providing workplace adjustments, wherever needed so everyone feels welcome and can flourish. If you have a disability and you meet the minimum criteria for the position you are applying for, you will be entitled to an interview under the ‘Offer an Interview Scheme’.   

It is recommended that you download and store a copy of the role profile as this will no longer be available once the advert has closed.  

This advert is closed to applications.