Immigration Officer - Criminal Investigator - Criminal and Financial Investigation

Posted 21 August by Home Office

15 x Immigration Officer - Criminal Investigator - Criminal and Financial Investigation

We are looking for candidates who want real stretch and development in their everyday roles.

Immigration Enforcement tackles the criminality behind organised immigration crime. Our Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) teams play a fundamental role in tackling immigration crime, as part of a multi-layered UK law enforcement approach. Through working closely with partners in the National Crime Agency, territorial policing and many other agencies and departments, our CFI Teams take vigorous action against those criminals that seek to benefit from illegal migration.

Working in the CFI teams is challenging and fast paced, requiring quick decision making in demanding situations. As a Criminal Investigator you would undertake a wide range of activities which support the detection, apprehension and removal of immigration offenders. Our people need to operate in sometimes difficult and pressurised environments and are required to make well balanced decisions. You would be expected to demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism and teamwork with adherence to our vision statement:

Tackling immigration crime by empowering our people, inspiring confidence and protecting communities.

Where we uncover evidence of criminality linked to immigration abuse we investigate these offences under the Immigration Act 1971 and related legislation such as the Identity Documents Act 2010. Such offences might include facilitation, human trafficking and the use of false or fraudulently obtained documents.

In England and Wales we use powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) in much the same way as the police do, while in Scotland and Northern Ireland we currently rely on the Immigration Acts.

Responsibilities include arresting suspected immigration offenders, obtaining and executing search warrants, conducting PACE interviews, collecting, preserving and recording evidence.

The post holder would be responsible for:

  • Obtaining and executing search warrants;
  • Arresting suspected immigration offenders;
  • Searching persons or property (either for health & safety or evidence);
  • Conducting PACE interviews with suspected offenders;
  • Collecting, preserving and recording evidence;
  • Conducting checks on databases and updating as required;
  • Driving official vehicles and transporting of suspects, including custodial responsibilities;
  • Referring cases to senior grades as appropriate;
  • Critical Incident Command (Bronze commander);
  • Supporting and undertaking POCA cash seizure activity.

There will be a requirement to attend court to give evidence. All Criminal and Financial Investigation staff are required to disclose any adverse judicial decisions or internal disciplinary matters under CPIA. Applicants need to bear this in mind when considering their eligibility for this post.

This role is physically demanding, so you will also need to be physically fit. The successful candidate will be required to undergo and pass a health assessment, which is usually repeated every three years (although this can sometimes be yearly for specific health reasons). Successful candidates will also need to be arrest trained to PST level 3 and pass an annual PST refresher.

This post requires working anti-social hours, weekends and bank holidays. Travel within the UK and some overseas travel may be required.

Essential Criteria:

The post holder must have previous experience of leading complex crime investigations. They will have will have a comprehensive understanding (through practical application) of relevant legislation, have a proven track record in the management of proactive covert assets and be able to lead a team of investigators of varying experience.

A professional accreditation of PIP2 level (see qualifications below) is mandatory.

The successful applicant will have experience of taking complex investigations to court, of working collaboratively with CPS and Counsel and have demonstrated fortitude in this pressurised environment.

Candidates should have an all-round awareness of the specialist functions associated with complex crime investigation such as use of POCA, surveillance, exploitation of digital devices, operational planning and public protection. Applicants also require a good understanding of immigration legislation and the ability to consider non-prosecution disruption methods.

The successful candidates will work collaboratively across law enforcement and government; maximising the opportunity to work in partnership with others to enhance the reach and reputation of Immigration Enforcement.

Applicants should note that it is a requirement of the post that arrest and criminal investigation accreditation is achieved and maintained

Reference: 38732115

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