Covert Operations

Near M4 Junction 12



Full Time


We welcome applications from substantive Sergeants or Constables suitably qualified to apply on promotion for an exciting role in our Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) Police Operations Room (CTPOR).

The role involves the tactical control of mobile surveillance teams deployed nationally on counter terrorism operations. Working alongside surveillance team leaders you will ensure the effective use of covert resources to gather evidence and intelligence to mitigate threat and risk. You will supervise a team of Police Constables and Staff working in the CTPOR to support the operational deployment of covert Officers. You will work alongside SIO’s and Partners agencies ensuring you effectively use the resources at your disposal.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their ability to make sound dynamic operational decisions whilst working under pressure. You will also have excellent communication skills and the confidence to brief upwards to Firearms and CT Commanders.

All necessary training will be provided however an awareness of surveillance and/or firearms tactics would be advantageous.

This role is part of a national, regional and local network and as such you may be required to travel for business purposes therefore a full UK driving licence is essential.

Due to the nature of the role the shifts are unpredictable, may be protracted and frequently involve short notice duty changes. Given the small size of the team shifts may on occasions include nights and will include some weekends. You will also be required to take part in an on call rota.

Security is of paramount importance to us due to the nature of the role. You need to be a British National and resided in the UK for the past five years for Security Clearance (SC) and ten years for Developed Vetting (DV)  You will be required to successfully pass and maintain the relevant security clearance in order to perform the role.

You can find more information about security vetting here.

How to Apply

To apply, click on the “Apply” button below and submit your application before the closing date of Sunday 30th January 2022 at 23:55hrs.

Substantive Officers and those Officers applying for Promotion. If you wish to apply you need to have support from your Head of Command / Department.

  • Hampshire officers need to complete an AD277b alongside their application.
  • Kent Officers will need to inform HR Resource Planning at the earliest opportunity of intention to apply.   Every Officer application form must be signed by the Chief Supt or police staff equivalent and sent to HR Resource Planning no later than 5 working days prior to closing date unless exceptional circumstances apply. This is required so that Chief Officer approval can be obtained for the application to progress, which will be managed by HR Resource Planning.  These steps must be completed prior to submission application.  If your application for an opportunity is not approved prior to submission to the recruiting organisation you may not be supported for release to the role, should you be successful.

Substantive officers will be shortlisted against the Essential Criteria and should submit an online application form.  You will be required to upload your latest PDR (or if no PDR, a recent copy of your CPD record/Focus Feedback meeting) and a copy of your Training Record. You will be also required to upload the Recommendation for Appointment Form (enclosed with the Job Advert) in the ‘Line Managers Approval Form’. Thames Valley Police (TVP) officers who have already passed the TVP Promotion, can apply as a substantive (above application requirements). 

In addition to this information, officers applying on promotion should also submit a ‘Why Me, Why Now’ letter which outlines your motivation and suitability for the role at this time. Your evidence should also demonstrate the relevant behaviours, skills, knowledge and experience in relation to your capability at this rank in accordance with the core competencies (CVF) Step up Criteria. The letter must be no more than two (2) sides of A4. The margins must not be modified from 2.54cm. All evidence outside the margins should be removed. You will also be required to upload your latest PDR (or if no PDR, a recent CPD record//Focus Feedback meeting) and the Police Officer Promotion Reference Form.

At CTPSE we are committed to reflecting the communities we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.


Our people say that benefits include a good work/life balance, a supportive and welcoming place to work and great opportunities to further develop your own capabilities.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact quoting the Job Reference number 18633.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy if we receive a high volume of applications. Should you wish to apply for this post, we advise you to complete and submit your application form as soon as possible.

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