Police Constable

  • St Helena Police (Ascension Detachment)
  • Georgetown, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Police Constable

Job description

THIS ROLE REQUIRES AN ENHANCED CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK

 

What are we looking for?

A unique and challenging opportunity will shortly arise for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual, to join the Ascension Island Police Detachment, St. Helena Police Service on Ascension Island. 
We are seeking to recruit a Police Constable to serve on Ascension Island on a contractual basis for a period of two years in the first instance. 

The successful candidate will join a small detachment of Officers responsible for policing and immigration needs of this small British Overseas Territory with a population of 850.  Ascension Island is 7 56' south of the Equator in the South Atlantic Ocean, situated about 1,000 miles from the coast of Africa and 1,400 miles from the coast of Brazil. 
Candidates must be/have:

  • Fluent in English
  • Previous experience working as a Police Constable
  • Interviewing witnesses and/or suspects and a working knowledge of PACE
  • Full driving licence

It will be an advantage for the candidate to demonstrate strong evidence of their investigative skills, witness/victim statement taking and Court Presentation, knowledge of Traffic Policing/Drink Drive procedures and with community policing and problem solving skills.

What are we offering?

This post is offered as a two year fixed term contract - on a single status - with a salary of £11,365 per year (taxable in Ascension Island), together with the following benefits:

  • Food allowance of £3,350
  • One mid-contract return journey to your country of recruitment/normal residence
  • Rent-free housing, with electricity and water allowances
  • Relocation costs for your personal effects, including the shipment of a vehicle
  • Free primary medical and dental care

Appointment will be subject to:

  • Enhanced Criminal Records Check
  • Satisfactory Employment References
  • Satisfactory Medical Clearance

How to apply:

Please apply online by clicking 'Apply for this Job' at the bottom of this page. 

Closing date for applications: 4pm Monday 23 November 2020.
Interviews will be held via Skype shortly after the closing date. 

Need more information?

If you are interested and would like to work with a small team of Officers and be part of a close knit welcoming community, this is an ideal opportunity, please contact Police Inspector, Jonathan Thomas on jonathan.thomas@ascension.gov.ac for further information about the post.


** Please note this vacancy is being advertised on behalf of St Helena Police.  

Successful candidates will be appointed under St Helena Police terms and conditions, not Ascension Island Government terms and conditions.

Requirements

Post Title

Police Constable

Directorate

Ascension Police Detachment, St Helena Police

Responsible to

Police Sergeant

Responsible for

None

Grade

Job Purpose

To perform the statutory role of protecting life and property, preserve order, prevent crime and detect offenders. To effectively patrol St Helena or Ascension Island providing an efficient response to matters arising. To identify with the community and foster and maintain close and courteous relationships and be committed to keeping people safe. To provide a quality service at all times.

Key Tasks

  1. To provide a response to calls for assistance from the public. To deal directly with any incidents or occurrences, either personally encountered or as directed by a supervisory officer or other authorised person.
  2. To conduct full and thorough enquiry or investigation into matters or offences coming to his/her attention, seeking advice or assistance of other officers or supervisory officers where required.
  3. To prepare for and attend any court, hearing or enquiry to give evidence as required.
  4. To serve and execute when required any warrant or summons.
  5. To keep abreast of all current crime trends/patterns, complaints and occurrences affecting his/her local area, liaising with other officers on matters pertaining thereto. To ensure that any relevant information during the course of his/her duties is recorded correctly.
  6. To provide a high quality of service to the community and build strong relationships.
  7. To have a commitment to partnership working
  8. To provide basic crime prevention advice when appropriate and, if required, ensure that further support is made available.
  9. Act an immigration officer
  10. To carry out all other duties as instructed by supervisors or as dictated by circumstances.
  11. High-risk working conditions
  12. Shift work and required to participate in on call rota
  13. Dealing with traumatic situations i.e. tragic deaths etc
  14. Work in adverse weather conditions, including situations at night where there is poor visibility
  15. Deal with violent and dangerous prisoners/offenders
  16. Safely respond to incident whilst driving using emergency equipment
  17. Establish the nature of an incident based on an assessment of the available information
  18. Prioritise and plan actions depending on the nature of the incident using the national decision making model
  19. Communicate with members of the public, other officers, control and partners
  20. Respond and take control of incidents based on current polices
  21. Identify and priorities casualties and give 1st aid as required
  22. Take action to protect the scene of the incident and preserve evidence
  23. Be aware of and know role in managing a major incident in line with SHG plans.
  24. Record actions, decisions and evidence in the correct manner via duty statement, crime reports, accident report
  25. Arrest and reporting offenders
  26. Arrest offenders ensuring there is sufficient evidence and legal authority to do so, making sure that the arrest can be justifiable and proportionate in the circumstances
  27. Take action to prevent the loss, damage or contamination of evidence
  28. Present the arrested person to the custody officer giving the details of the arrest
  29. Report offenders ensuring there is sufficient evidence and legal authority to do so
  30. Record decisions and actions in the correct manner
  31. Searching and property
  32. Carry out searched on persons, using approved technique, complying with legal requirements.
  33. Carry out searched in premises, using approved technique, complying with legal requirements
  34. Document searches and results on search records, statements and investigation dairies
  35. Deal with seized, found and lost property, ensuring the legal power to do, and its packaged, recorded, exhibited and stored correctly
  36. Managing conflict
  37. Know and understand legislation and guidance surrounding the use of force
  38. Be able to safely and legally apply non-contact based conflict management skills
  39. Use personal safety skills and equipment, correctly and lawfully
  40. Gather and submit information
  41. Gather intelligence to support policing aim, record, evaluate and submit in the appropriate manner
  42. Record, evaluate and submit in the appropriate manner any concerns regarding safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  43. Refer information to partners in the appropriate manner
  44. Conduct investigations
  45. Investigate an incident to gain an understanding of its nature, identifying extra resources as required
  46. Identity and deal with victims, suspects and witnesses
  47. Take steps to protect and preserve the scene
  48. Gather available evidence, record and retain correctly
  49. Identify and priorities lines of enquiry
  50. Investigate lines of enquires
  51. Update victims and witnesses
  52. Document all actions taken
  53. Submit case files and prepare evidence in the approved manner
  54. Dealing with victims and witnesses
  55. Make an interview plan, having gained an understanding of the incident and having reviewed all available evidence
  56. Carry out an interview, having determined the person is fit to do so, using the PEACE model
  57. Present the result of the interview in a five part statement, using exhibits and diagrams appropriately
  58. Give support to victims and witnesses
  59. Dealing with suspects
  60. Deal with suspects in custody diligently and expeditiously
  61. Carry out interviews outside of the police station, using the correct forms or PNB, legally and when appropriate
  62. Make an interview plan, having gained an understanding of the incident and having reviewed all available evidence
  63. Give discloser to the suspect’s legal advisor
  64. Carry out an interview, having determined the person is fit to do so, using the PEACE model
  65. Complete records of the interview, present a summary of the case to a custody officer/supervisor and prepare disposal documents

Key Responsibilities

  1. To be responsible for the safety and wellbeing of all prisoners/detainees in his/her custody.
  2. To be responsible for the acceptance and safekeeping of all items of property

Core Competencies

As per attached

Special Conditions

This job profile is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities. There may be other ad hoc duties that fall within the remit of the role that the job holder may need to complete. In addition, the job holder will be required to carry out any other reasonable duties as requested which are commensurate with the grading and level of responsibility for the role.


Qualifications, skills, abilities, experience and competencies required for the role

Essential/

Desirable

Application

Interview

Assessed

Qualifications

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or pass the

Policy Entry Exam

Clean drivers licence in Class A

Valid First Aid Certificate


Skills & Abilities

Communicates ideas and information effectively, both verbally and in writing. Use appropriate language and a style of communication that is relevant to the situation and people being addressed

Capable of persuading and influencing others in a variety of situations

Able to plan, organise and manage your own work to effectively achieve organisational goals

Ability to gather information from a range of sources to identify problems, draws logical conclusions and makes effective decisions. Initiate new ideas when required

Applicants should be both physically and medically fit


Experience

Previous experience working as a Police Constable



Core Competencies

As per attached

Job Competencies

Take personal responsibility for making things happen and achieving results to required standards. Show motivation, commitment, perseverance, integrity and act in an ethical way.

Show respect for values and considers the opinions, circumstances, feelings and views of colleagues and members of the public, taking into account their diverse backgrounds.

Show tact and diplomacy when dealing with people, treating them with dignity and respect at all times. Understands and is sensitive to social, cultural and racial differences and needs.

Proven ability to develop a strong working relationship inside and outside of the team to achieve common goals. Communicates within groups and considers others in discussions and decisions. Actively helps and supports others.

Must take personal responsibility for own actions and for sorting out issues or problems that arise. Focused on achieving results, required standards and developing skills and knowledge.

Recognise the importance of partnership working and consultation. Establish and maintained an effective relationships with others to maximise shared outcome.

Interviewing witnesses and/or suspects

Good working knowledge of PACE

Knowledge of Safe Guarding Children and Vulnerable people


Personal attributes

Reliable and resilient, even in difficult circumstances and is able to recognise the need for change and is willing to adapt.


Responding to incidents

  • Safely respond to incident whilst driving using emergency equipment
  • Establish the nature of an incident based on an assessment of the available information
  • Prioritise and plan actions depending on the nature of the incident using the national decision making model
  • Communicate with members of the public, other officers, control and partners
  • Respond and take control of incidents based on current polices
  • Identify and priorities casualties and give 1st aid as required
  • Take action to protect the scene of the incident and preserve evidence
  • Be aware of and know role in managing a major incident in line with SHG plans.
  • Record actions, decisions and evidence in the correct manner via duty statement, crime reports, accident reports
  • Arrest and reporting offenders
  • Arrest offenders ensuring there is sufficient evidence and legal authority to do so, making sure that the arrest can be justifiable and proportionate in the circumstances
  • Take action to prevent the loss, damage or contamination of evidence
  • Present the arrested person to the custody officer giving the details of the arrest
  • Report offenders ensuring there is sufficient evidence and legal authority to do so
  • Record decisions and actions in the correct manner
  • Searching and property
  • Carry out searched on persons, using approved technique, complying with legal requirements.
  • Carry out searched in premises, using approved technique, complying with legal requirements
  • Document searches and results on search records, statements and investigation dairies
  • Deal with seized, found and lost property, ensuring the legal power to do, and its packaged, recorded, exhibited and stored correctly
  • Managing conflict
  • Know and understand legislation and guidance surrounding the use of force
  • Be able to safely and legally apply non-contact based conflict management skills
  • Use personal safety skills and equipment, correctly and lawfully
  • Gather and submit information
  • Gather intelligence to support policing aim, record, evaluate and submit in the appropriate manner
  • Record, evaluate and submit in the appropriate manner any concerns regarding safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • Refer information to partners in the appropriate manner
  • Conduct investigations
  • Investigate an incident to gain an understanding of its nature, identifying extra resources as required
  • Identity and deal with victims, suspects and witnesses
  • Take steps to protect and preserve the scene
  • Gather available evidence, record and retain correctly
  • Identify and priorities lines of enquiry
  • Investigate lines of enquires
  • Update victims and witnesses
  • Document all actions taken
  • Submit case files and prepare evidence in the approved manner
  • Dealing with victims and witnesses
  • Make an interview plan, having gained an understanding of the incident and having reviewed all available evidence
  • Carry out an interview, having determined the person is fit to do so, using the PEACE model
  • Present the result of the interview in a five part statement, using exhibits and diagrams appropriately
  • Give support to victims and witnesses
  • Dealing with suspects
  • Deal with suspects in custody diligently and expeditiously
  • Carry out interviews outside of the police station, using the correct forms or PNB, legally and when appropriate
  • Make an interview plan, having gained an understanding of the incident and having reviewed all available evidence
  • Give discloser to the suspect’s legal advisor
  • Carry out an interview, having determined the person is fit to do so, using the PEACE model
  • Complete records of the interview, present a summary of the case to a custody officer/supervisor and prepare disposal documents