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Community Partnership
Community Partnership
Officers / Staff whose primary responsibility is dedicated or directed towards establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with the public and partner agencies in order to make policing more responsive in tackling local, force wide, regional or national priorities and increasing public confidence in the police.
Key Activities may include developing cohesive community engagement strategies and delivering strategic, multi-agency approaches designed to address community safety issues.
Intelligence
Intelligence
Officers / Staff whose primary responsibility is dedicated or directed towards gathering, using, analysing or disseminating intelligence at a local, force wide, regional or national level to meet a range of operational policing requirements.
Key Activities may include developing overt and covert intelligence strategies in order to produce a range of intelligence products which support the requirements of a range of police operations.
Investigation
Investigation
Officers / Staff whose primary responsibility is dedicated or directed towards the ongoing investigation and reduction of crime at a local, force wide, regional, or national level requiring enhanced knowledge, expertise and training.
Key Activities may include developing investigative strategies for gathering recording and retaining the material needed to establish whether a crime has been committed and who is responsible in order to bring offenders to justice.
Organisational/Operational Support
Organisational/Operational Support
Officers / Staff whose primary responsibility strategically supports the day to day running of the organisation, its strategic infrastructure or who are responsible for delivering or converting products and processes into something that will be used by those delivering a frontline service.
Key Activities may be delivered through staff working within ICT, HR, Finance, Procurement, Transport Professional Standards and Corporate Development functions.
Response
Response
Officers / Staff whose primary responsibility is dedicated or directed towards the first police response to an incident or crime. Undertaking the initial assessment and required police follow actions in order to resolve incidents, investigate crime or pursue and prosecute offenders.
Key Activities may include the initial interview of witnesses and arrest of suspects, the search of people and premises, the preparation of plans and the instigation of actions in response to emerging critical incidents.
 
Chief Constable
Chief Constable
Deputy Chief Constable
Deputy Chief Constable
Assistant Chief Constable
Assistant Chief Constable
Chief Superintendent
Chief Superintendent
The most senior operational police manager responsible for commanding larger departments, multiple functions or larger geographical areas on a day to day basis. Responsibilities include setting strategy and operational policy and authorising operational activity in line with legislative powers accorded to the rank.
Superintendent
Superintendent
A senior manager responsible for the setting of strategy and day to day operational policy across a single department or a range of policing responsibilities and authorising operational activity in line with legislative powers accorded to the rank.
Chief Inspector
Chief Inspector
A senior middle manager responsible for co-ordinating the work of teams of sworn constables, sergeants inspectors and civilian police personnel or managing a department with specific geographical or functional responsibility for a variety of law enforcement and related tasks.
Inspector
Inspector
A middle manager responsible for supervising the ranks of constable and sergeant. Responsible for controlling, planning, organising and authorising the work of a range of sworn and civilian police personnel in a variety of law enforcement and related tasks and for managing an assigned specialist function.
Sergeant
Sergeant
The first level of supervision in police law enforcement. Responsible for exercising day to day, general and technical supervision to sworn and civilian personnel involved in a variety of law enforcement and related tasks and to perform or supervise specialised work assignments.
Constable
Constable
The frontline of the criminal justice system. Under general supervision, but often operating independently. Serves as a peace officer performing a wide range of duties to enforce the law through a range of sworn powers including arrest, search, detention and interview.
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Secondary Roles

Policing Professional Framework (PPF)

Sergeant

To carry out this role you must be a competent Constable.

The first level of supervision in the delivery of policing services. Responsible for exercising day to day, general and technical supervision to sworn officer and police staff.  Involved in the delivery of a range of diverse policing services and to perform or supervise specialised work assignments, ensuring organisational standards are upheld.

National Occupational Standards (NOS)

A Sergeant must be able to

Assess learner achievement
Conduct intelligence driven briefing, tasking and debriefing
Prepare for, monitor and maintain, law enforcement operations
Supervise the response to critical incidents
Supervise investigations and investigators
Manage your own resources
Provide leadership for your team

Personal Qualities

Decision making
Gathers, verifies and assesses all appropriate and available information to gain an accurate understanding of situations. Considers a range of possible options before making clear, timely, justifiable decisions. Reviews decisions in the light of new information and changing circumstances. Balances risks, costs and benefits, thinking about the wider impact of decisions. Exercises discretion and applies professional judgement, ensuring actions and decisions are proportionate and in the public interest.

Leadership
Leading change
Positive about change, adapting rapidly to different ways of working. Flexible and open to alternative approaches to solving problems, and encourages flexibility in others. Constantly looks for ways to improve service delivery and value for money, making suggestions for change and encouraging others to contribute ideas. Takes an innovative and creative approach to solving problems.
Leading people
Inspires team members to meet challenging goals, providing direction and stating expectations clearly. Acknowledges the achievements of individuals and teams by recognising and rewarding good work. Recognises when people are becoming demotivated and provides encouragement and support. Gives honest and constructive feedback to help people understand their strengths and weaknesses. Coaches and guides team members, identifying and addressing areas for development.
Managing performance
Understands the organisation's objectives and priorities, and how own work fits into these. Plans and organises tasks effectively to maintain and improve performance. Sets clear objectives and outcomes. Manages multiple priorities, thinking things through in advance, balancing resources and coordinating activity to complete tasks within deadlines. Knows the strengths of team members, delegating appropriately and balancing workloads across the team. Monitors delivery to ensure tasks have been completed to the right standard, and tackles poor performance effectively.

Professionalism
Acts with integrity, in line with the values and ethical standards of the Police Service. Takes ownership for resolving problems, demonstrating courage and resilience in dealing with difficult and potentially volatile situations. Acts on own initiative to address issues, showing a strong work ethic and demonstrating extra effort when required. Upholds professional standards, acting as a role model to others and challenging unprofessional conduct or discriminatory behaviour. Asks for and acts on feedback, learning from experience and continuing to develop own professional skills and knowledge. Remains calm and professional under pressure, defusing conflict and being prepared to step forward and take control when required.

Public service
Demonstrates a real belief in public service, focusing on what matters to the public and will best serve their interests. Understands the expectations, changing needs and concerns of different communities, and strives to address them. Builds public confidence by talking with people in local communities to explore their viewpoints and break down barriers between them and the police. Understands the impact and benefits of policing for different communities, and identifies the best way to deliver services to them. Develops partnerships with other agencies to deliver the best possible overall service to the public.

Working with others
Works co-operatively with others to get things done, willingly giving help and support to colleagues. Is approachable, developing positive working relationships and a good team spirit. Explains things well, ensuring instructions are understood and talks to people using language they understand. Listens carefully and asks questions to clarify understanding, expressing own views positively and constructively. Persuades people by stressing the benefits of a particular approach, keeping them informed of progress and managing their expectations. Is courteous, polite and considerate, showing empathy and compassion. Deals with people as individuals and addresses their specific needs and concerns. Treats people with respect and dignity, dealing with them fairly and without prejudice regardless of their background or circumstances.


Associated Qualifications, Accreditation and Learning Programmes

Level 4 Certificate in Police First Line Management