Environmental Crime Officer

Job details

1 Permanent and 1 Year Fixed Term Contract available - please confirm on your application

Our Organisation-

Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 106,000 people and 4,000 businesses.

The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north-west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south-east England.

Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.

Gravesham Borough Council is committed to delivering to the community and by working with us it means you are part of delivering the level of growth and improvement our community needs and deserves.

The role

To work as part of the Gravesham Borough Council Environmental Enforcement Team tackling environmental crime through prevention, investigation, detection, and prosecution.

You will represent the council as an ‘Authorised Officer’ by exercising any of the delegated powers conferred by relevant acts of parliament relating to environmental crime and criminal behaviour.

The post holder will liaise with outside partners including other enforcement agencies, internal council departments and local authorities in order to tackle environmental crime. They will assist in proactive joint operations with internal departments and external agencies in order to carry out enforcement activities and provide reassurance to the community.

They will take statements from witnesses and interview suspects in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. They will ensure all actions taken in the investigation of cases are properly recorded. They will prepare timely and accurate reports and prosecution files and attend court to give evidence when required.

Main responsibilities 

Undertake a range of specialist tasks including:

  • The initial investigation of environmental offences at scene.
  • The issuing of Fixed Penalty and Enforcement Notices for low-level environmental offences.
  • Collection, recording and storing of evidence.
  • Investigation of complex and protracted enquiries involving multiple witnesses, offenders and offences.
  • Taking statements from witnesses and obtaining CCTV evidence.
  • Carrying out interviews of suspects under PACE regulations and codes of practice.
  • Preparing case files for criminal court cases.
  • The deployment of overt and covert camera resources.
  • Carrying out pro-active, intelligence led, enforcement work.
  • Support of street scene enforcement staff.
  • Carrying out management support role in instances of absence.

Essential qualifications/experience-

  • Recent and relevant experience of criminal investigation, including the writing of clear and concise statements and reports relating to the progress of investigations.
  • Experience of working within the parameters of Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, CPIA and other legislation relating to evidence and procedure.
  • Experience of carrying out enforcement action from low level, such as issuing fixed penalties and enforcement notices through to prosecution at Crown Court level.
  • Experience of carrying out interviews of suspects under caution and in accordance with PACE codes of practice.
  • Experience of preparing prosecution case papers.
  • Experience of using computer equipment for the creation of reports and recording of investigation case records.
  • Experience of working on their own and/or as part of a team.
  • Demonstrable ability to apply practical/procedural/organisational/policy/ knowledge and turn that theory into practical solutions.
  • Competence in the use of IT systems i.e. Microsoft Outlook, Word & Excel to record all aspects of an investigation, from the referral stages through to the preparation of case papers for prosecution.
  • Experience in attending court and giving evidence.
  • Demonstrable experience of partnership working.
  • Knowledge and experience of using computer systems to submit and gather intelligence on any aspect of an investigation.

Desirable qualifications/experience-

  • Experience of delivering training to other officers
  • Previous experience of having taken responsibility for the line management of others, with the ability to provide direction and take responsibility for team members’ actions and errors.

In return we offer you:

Holiday entitlement

A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.

Mileage Allowance

A competitive allowance for work related mileage in own vehicle.

Training

In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.

Employee Assistance Programme.

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate. 

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help, whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.

Pensions

A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.

Occupational health

An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Tim Harris on 01474337978 / 07729105607.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile.

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Gravesham Borough Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

 

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

 

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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