Senior Officer, 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

To manage and lead a multi-functional missing persons team responsible for the acquisition and development of tactical and strategic intelligence with a focus on the reduction of harm to vulnerable people and to children from child exploitation.

***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***


• Providing operational support and guidance to all UK police forces into the investigation of both missing person and unidentified body cases. This involves coordinating and chairing regional meetings across the country to discuss ongoing issues and trends with regards to missing in UK Policing.
• Ensuring both national and local strategy, policy, legislative frameworks and operational priorities in relation to missing and found persons are developed and promoted in conjunction with HM Government, the NPCC and both Charity and Law Enforcement partners.
• Working with International Partners, both internally through our ILO network and externally through partners such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to assist resolve cases where UK nationals may be missing abroad.
• Working alongside our Major Crime Investigative Support team to provide specialist advice on all aspects of missing investigations, especially those which may be of high media interest.
• Leading on new and innovative project work, which develops the work and capabilities of the UK Missing Persons Unit and wider NCA.


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

  • Working Together
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Experience of working with/within Law Enforcement.
  • Ability to recognise and manage risk.
  • Experience of report writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience of supervising/managing a team.


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).

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