Police Adviser Cyber Crime and Data Portfolio

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • London

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The Home Office is the government department with lead responsibility for borders, immigration, citizenship, passports, counter-terrorism, policing, fire, drugs and crime.

Home Office Science works in support of these business areas and includes specialists from across the whole range of scientific disciplines: social researchers; operational researchers; economists; statisticians; physical scientists and engineers; veterinary, medical and biological scientists. We play a vital role in supporting the Home Office’s work, in policy and operations, providing stakeholders and end-users with the best evidence, science, technology, analysis and research available. We do this by:

ensuring a sound evidence base to inform the development and delivery of policy and front-line operations; and
helping the department identify and respond to wider strategic or emerging issues.

The Home Office Science Commissioning Hub is the unit within the Home Office that works with our stakeholders to identify capability gaps and challenges and to tailor science and technology requirements to support delivery. Through a range of service delivery partners, we commission science and technology solutions, working closely with our senior stakeholders and end-users to ensure that outputs meet the requirement. We work closely with external providers to give expert scientific and technical support to the Home Office, police forces and other government departments. We are involved in cutting-edge research and development, addressing a wide range of key issues.

The Commissioning Hub is the primary Science & Technology (S&T) interface between Home Office Ministers and policy formulation; frontline operational decision makers; end users and the delivery organisations. We interface with senior users across the Home Office and the wider government customer community to understand their needs, and then work with the delivery organisations to ensure the most appropriate S&T is commissioned and delivered.

The current portfolio of work addresses a considerable proportion of the Home Office interests. A representative number of themes include:

Data Science
Identity, Digital and Forensics
Behavioural Science and Analysis
Autonomous and Unmanned Systems
Frontline Technologies
Surveillance, Communications and Search
Roads Policing Technologies

The Commissioning Hub is located in 2 Marsham Street, London but also has offices in Croydon.


Police Adviser – Cyber Crime and Data portfolio

Chief Inspector or Inspector on temporary promotion

Job description of post

As one of three Police Advisers, reporting to the Senior Police Adviser and Head of Commissioning, you will provide a vital link between the Commissioning Hub and key Home Office policing and security partners. You will achieve this by advising the Commissioning Hub and their service delivery partners on strategic and operational policing and security requirements. This advice will be in the context of cyber enabled crime and the use of data for investigations, identity assurance and forensic exploitation.

You will also develop perspective, and provide advice, on policing issues affecting other business groups within the Home Office and wider government where necessary.

You will be pivotal in steering the future work of Home Office Science, promoting the interests of the police service and others internally and representing the Commissioning Hub externally at all levels.

You will develop and leverage close working relationships with senior policing bodies and their representatives, overseas law enforcement agencies and other government departments, including the National Crime Agency, UK Border Force and Immigration Enforcement, National Cyber Security Centre as well as stakeholders within industry and academia.

Regular UK and occasional overseas travel will be necessary.


This post is offered on secondment for 2 years (extendable to 4 years by agreement) on Central Service Terms:

for Police Adviser, substantive Chief Inspector (or Inspector on temporary promotion)

All applicants must obtain their Line Managers support to apply for this post and, where applicable, suitability for temporary promotion.

All applicants must obtain Chief Officer approval to be released on secondment prior to applying for this post.

All applicants must notify their Human Resource or Personnel departments prior to applying for this post.

Essential criteria

You will have a sound national and strategic understanding of the principal issues facing the Home Office, law enforcement agencies and key stakeholders.
Experience of developing and maintaining effective partnerships.
Ability to communicate confidently at all levels within your own and partnership organisations, including at senior and executive levels.
Have a detailed understanding of the current structures relevant to cyber-crime investigation in the UK, including the NCA, National Cyber Security Centre, ROCU networks, force teams, and wider interrelated capabilities such as DII, UC online, and digital forensics.
Demonstrate a broad understanding of legislation and procedure associated with cybercrime and the use of data in investigations and intelligence development.
Have a broad understanding, or recent operational experience of, the Darkweb and cryptocurrencies.
Demonstrate the ability to work with limited supervision as part of a small team, being able to prioritise workloads.
Experience in crime/intelligence management.
A thorough understanding of the National Standards of Intelligence Management.
Proven technical or computing background or the ability to demonstrate a grasp of technical concepts.
Demonstrate a broad understanding of legislation and procedure associated with cybercrime and NIM/RIPA.
Must be vetted to minimum SC status and must be willing to undergo DV.

Desirable criteria

Recent experience of a role within the cybercrime arena.
Have experience of, or demonstrate, a broad understanding of legislation and procedure associated with covert policing and Targeted Equipment Interference.
Understand commercial confidentiality and sensitivity.
A technical understanding of computer networking.
Academic or Industry qualifications in cyber security, computer science or digital forensics.

Essential skills and suitability for selection will be assessed against the College of Policing Competency and Values Framework (www.college.police.uk)


We are emotionally aware
We are collaborative
We analyse critically
We are innovative and open minded
We deliver, support and inspire



Secondees will retain their current pension arrangements.


Accommodation is not provided with this post.

There will be a requirement for regional travel as part of this role. Additional travel costs over and above normal home to office will be reimbursed, subject to agreement.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The minimum level of vetting required to apply for this post is SC.
Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK Immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you are applying for a role requiring security clearance, please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However, certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside of the UK.
Selection process details
To apply:
Please submit a CV detailing your relevant posting history and a letter of interest explaining why you are suitable for the role.

Completed applications, with Line Manager and Chief Officer supporting comments, must be submitted to the Head of Commissioning Hub by email to:

[email protected]

The closing date for receipt of applications is Midnight on Sunday 26th July 2020. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

The applicants who appear from the information available to have the best qualifications and experience will be invited to attend an interview.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 3rd August 2020.

The successful candidate will be subject to checks on, amongst other things; health, finance, nationality before an appointment can be formally offered.

Subject to the outcome of security checks, it is anticipated that a start date will be arranged during September/October 2020.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area and certain non-EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Grade entry qualifications

Chief Inspector (or Inspector on temporary promotion)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information
Contact point for applicants

For further details please telephone Miles Hunt (Head of Commissioning) on 07789961006 or email: [email protected]

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews will be held in London in the week of 3rd August 2020.

Further information

We will only accept applications with Line Manager and Chief Officer support. Force/organisation HR departments must be made aware in advance of submitting applications for this post.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at the Home Office. We are committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best

If you are invited to interview you will be required to bring a range of documentation for the purposes of establishing identity and to aid any pre-employment checks.

Please see the attached list of Home Office acceptable ID documents.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

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