Officer, UK Missing Persons Unit

The UK Missing Persons Unit (MPU) provides advice and support to police missing-person and unidentified investigations. We support existing investigations, and can lead on cases where there is no geographic locus for the case in UK policing. The MPU contributes to nationwide operational policy on 'missing', and we work with a range of partners in law enforcement, government and the third sector, in the UK and abroad.

Job description

“The role is interesting and rewarding – no two days are the same because no two cases are the same. Having said that, a typical day will involve responding to queries and requests for assistance from my allocated police forces, progressing cases that I’m working on (through open-source work, cross-match searches, advising and facilitating around forensics, and other lines of enquiry), updating Hermes, and working on longer-term projects. The office-based work is interspersed with deployments to police forces and attendance at the regional meetings.”

Lisa Gibson Operations Officer in the UK MPU

***All NCA officers must hold SC Enhanced upon entry as a minimum. To meet the National Security Vetting requirements for this role you will need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years. For more information please see the Candidate information Pack***


• Conducting investigations and developing intelligence to aid the search for missing people and linking missing and unidentified cases
• Daily liaison with law-enforcement partners and other stakeholders, providing guidance and advice around missing and unidentified cases, and policy
• Administration of our specialised national database of missing, unidentified and come-to-notice cases, Hermes
• Carrying out open-source searches; cross-match searches of missing people with unidentified people, bodies and body parts using Hermes; and analysis of results
• Facilitating the exchange of information connected with the search for missing children and adults, nationally and internationally, including the provision of specialist advice.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

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

  • Good understanding of UK legislation affecting agency activity.
  • Report writing/drafting and presentation skills.
  • Proven experience of working to tight deadlines within a dynamic environment.
  • Research, risk management and problem solving skills.


If you are an active police pension member immediately prior to joining the NCA, you can continue your membership throughout your employment with us as if you were a serving police officer. If you do remain an active member and subsequently return to a police force, you should be able to continue your membership there too.

All officers in the NCA are members of the UK Civil Service. You will be eligible for:
• Civil Service pension scheme
• 26 days annual leave rising to 31 on completion of 5 years continuous service
• Training and development opportunities
• Cycle2work scheme

We take the welfare of NCA officers very seriously. All staff have access to Occupational Health services and there are a number of staff representative groups. We also have a range of sporting and other activities on offer.

We can provide flexible working arrangements if the role in question is suitable. These include flexi-time, job sharing and compressed hours (working contracted hours over a shorter period).

Apply today!