Surveillance Officer | Counter Terrorism Policing

Surveillance Officer

This vacancy is for substantive Surveillance Officers only.

The surveillance officers’ role within the Counter Terrorism Organised Crime (CTOC) team is to provide tactical support to both proactive and reactive operations as directed by Force and Counter Terrorism Tasking.

In particular, operations targeting Counter Terrorism, serious and organised criminality, around guns, gangs, serious acquisitive crime and drugs. Operational focus is around those individuals and Organised Crime Groups that pose the greatest threat, risk and harm to the region to ensure we are better able to serve the public and protect them from harm. To achieve this aim, the role of a surveillance officer nationally and locally is continually evolving. To remain operationally effective it is essential that the profile of the team reflects the communities within which we work and an ability to blend in with our communities is essential.

Willing to be flexible you enter into an agreement to be deployed anywhere within the UK albeit the majority of your work will be within the West Midlands.


Specific Role Responsibilities

– Undertake the surveillance of targets by way of physical and technical observation, in situations which are static, on foot and mobile to a minimum standard equal to current ACPO level 1.

– Using all current surveillance techniques deliver to investigating officer’s evidence, intelligence or other information on the activity of targets in line with current national codes of practice.

– In cases of emergency or operational necessity, to arrest targets committing crime.

– In support of the surveillance function; Record and maintain a daily surveillance log of all such activity to a standard laid down by current ACPO guidelines; Prepare accurate daily intelligence logs to investigating officers in order to determine the extent and nature of criminal activity and to allow for future tasking; Provide in appropriate cases statements of evidence in support of the criminal prosecution of targets.

– Participate in surveillance training courses and offer advice and guidance to attached personnel and junior officers to improve their techniques and effectiveness.

– Undertake such administrative duties as necessary to maintain intelligence duties.

– Be conversant with all items of technical equipment necessary to undertake surveillance operations. To maintain knowledge of surveillance techniques and capabilities and to keep abreast of current technological developments.

– Strive to achieve best value in the work undertaken and where possible develop and maintain best practice.


Competencies/Skills required for role


– A qualification of National Level 1 Surveillance training

– A qualification of Advanced Driver training for surveillance purposes

– High degree of commitment, dedication and flexibility

– Conversant with legal issues affecting surveillance

– Hold a current PST Certificate

– Proven experience and ability in static, foot, mobile and technical surveillance techniques

– Proven initiative and innovation demonstrated whilst working as a member of a surveillance team

– Proven communication skills with the ability to operate effectively at a variety of levels


– Knowledge of counter terrorism work.

– Knowledge of current developments/advancements in surveillance technology and techniques.

– Specialist covert policing skills within surveillance such as CROPS, motorcycle qualification.