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Authorised Firearms Officer


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Gillingham (Kent)

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About the job

Job description

Due to the nature of the role it is highly advised that you review the Candidate Information pack attached to this vacancy.
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To provide an armed and unarmed covert surveillance response in accordance with business requirements.

• To contribute to the acquisition and development of tactical and strategic intelligence focused on serious and organised crime affecting the UK.
• Participate in operations and investigations, gathering information, intelligence and evidence in order to build knowledge of serious and organised crime and support the achievement of Agency objectives.
• Provide advice on legislation, policy and tactical options to assist in the planning and implementation of investigations and operations.
• Provide tactical and strategic support to Agency business through research, target profile development, the collection and analysis of evidence/data, production and dissemination of intelligence and evidential products as appropriate.
• Ensure the quality, secure handling and dissemination of intelligence, maintaining confidentiality, sensitivity and duty of care in line with Agency policy.
• Conduct case management, and create, maintain and update departmental records, including operational or programme activity spreadsheet, case files and monthly reports.
• Supervise staff or co-ordinate the work of a small team.
• Build good working relationships with both internal and external partners.

Essential Criteria

You will be required to supply evidence of:

• PIP1 or a recognised qualification/
• Accreditation in investigate crime issued by a Government body.
• Level 1 Surveillance trained and Advanced driver.

Experience Criteria

You will be required to supply evidence of:

• Good knowledge of the Authorised Professional Practice of Armed Policing.
• Good understanding of UK or international legislation affecting NCA/ Police Service Investigations.
• Good understanding of risk management in an operational environment.


• PIP2 or PIP1 Accreditation or recognized qualification/accreditation in investigative crime issued by a government body
• Level 1 Surveillance
• Advanced driver
• Authorised Firearms officer qualification (if applicable)


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • National Insurance Number - Required for monitoring purposes only