Vacancy: Investigative Support Officer, National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU)

Job Title: NWCU Investigative Support Officer

Salary Range: Scale 6, £26,865 – £28,725 Per Annum

Work Location: Stirling, Scotland or home based

Hours: 37 Hours Per Week Monday – Friday with flexible hours

Contact Type: Temporary (for 12 months, with the view to become permanent)  

Closing date:  Sunday 9th May 2021 at 23:59 Hours

About NWCU:

The National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) is a national police unit, hosted by Hampshire Constabulary but based in Stirling, Scotland. We work on behalf of all forces to assist in the prevention and detection of wildlife crime and reducing the harm posed by organised crime.

The NWCU has three main strategic work-streams. The first is to collate, develop and disseminate intelligence within the UK and internationally in relation to wildlife crime. The second work-stream is to produce analytical products relating to emerging trends, identifying threat, harm and risk, and shining the operational spotlight on organised criminality. The third work-stream is to provide investigative support to police forces and partners, by supporting forces to pursue offenders and to protect the UK’s wildlife and endangered species.

The three work streams support the three operational objectives:

  • UK Priority Delivery Groups
  • UK wide specialist Policing operations
  • International Wildlife crime Policing

The successful applicant will support the team in providing investigative support to police forces and partners and supporting forces to purse offenders.

The role of Investigative Support Officer (ISO) will entail taking responsibility for supporting wildlife crime officers on the front line and enhancing the service they give. As an ISO you will impart your specialist knowledge around complexed areas of wildlife crime and support investigations varying around:

  • UK based priorities
  • National operations
  • International wildlife crime policing
  • As well as identifying and supporting emerging trends within our area of business.

ISO’s will support our operational objectives by gathering and submitting intelligence to support our strategic work streams and will be tasked to bridge intelligence gaps. 

ISO’s build and maintain effective and productive partnership relations that work towards achieving the NPCC strategy.

ISO’s will bring the services of the unit into the local policing arena. They will upskill and raise the knowledge of WCO’s across the UK and promote the work of the PDGs and raise awareness of the operational tool kits available to assist investigations.

ISO’s will influence investigations by providing specialist knowledge on wildlife crime. Assist in the planning and conducting of searches and enforcement, and also being prepared to assist Police and enforcement agencies with interviews, case file preparation and giving evidence at court.

Candidates should note that this role requires regular travel which may involve overnight stays. The role holder must be able to meet travel requirements so therefore possess a valid passport for travel outside of the UK and have access to a reliable system of transport where required. A valid driving licence is also required.

The post holder may need to work occasional unsocial hours to respond to operational demands.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

The ACRO HR Team can be contacted by email at or by phone on 01489 569843.

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