Researcher (NERSOU) - JRN 20216

Vacancy Type
Police Staff
Area Command / Department
Contract Type
Full Time
Salary Range
£19,374 to £21,135
Closing Date


The role:

Grade C – £19,374 – £21,135

This role involves taking research as an integral part of the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU). You will assist in and contribute to the production of intelligence and analytical products to support tactical and strategic tasking and coordination process, as well as supporting the operational activity of regional investigation teams, in the tackling of Serious and Organised Crime. You will index all incoming intelligence onto appropriate databases, and conduct initial research and prioritise time critical intelligence.


In return for your dedication and experience, we offer 23 days’ leave, excluding bank holidays, increasing to 28 days for 5 years+ service.  We support our people inside and out of work – offering a very competitive pension scheme,  and discounts on shopping and eating out thanks to the Blue Light Card. And to take care of your physical and mental well-being, we’ve invested in extensive paid sick leave, trained mental health first aiders on-site, an employee advice service and access to gyms in some stations.  



What will I be doing?


  • Utilise and identify intelligence and information sources and to illustrate the results to assist in the production of analytical intelligence products; to inform operational planning or Regional Tactical and Strategic Tasking and Coordination Processes.

  • Conduct research around priority thematic threat areas, organised crime groups and subjects of investigation to improve the regional understanding and make an accurate assessment of the associated risk, threat and harm and to inform the allocation of organisational resources in response.

  • Assist Intelligence Analyst(s) in all aspects of research including undertaking individual research projects as directed.

  • Where required operationally, to assist with the production of evidential products to support prosecutions.

  • Work closely with partner agencies and local authorities, and to attend / present at briefings, conferences etc on behalf of NERSOU to gather and exchange information, and build effective working partnerships.

  • Ensure that information and intelligence are handled, used and disseminated ethically and securely and in accordance with relevant legislation, policy, protocols and codes of practice; such as the Data Protection Act 1984 and using the Government Protective Marking Scheme (GPMS). This may also include the handling of sensitive materials subject to Public Interest Immunity (PII).

  • Prepare reports and briefings using Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint; along with other analytical and visualisation tools such as i2 Analyst Notebook.  

  • All employees are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of equality of opportunity and fairness of treatment for all within the North East Regional Special Operations Unit.


The above list is not exhaustive and other duties commensurate with the grade and general nature of the post may, from time to time, be required. In addition, there may be some variation and/or development of the above duties and responsibilities without changing the general nature of the post.




What do I need?



Ability to gather information from various sources and data types, then assess this information and identify key findings

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and verbal formats

Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office; PowerPoint, Excel etc

Willingness to work towards IPP accreditation within 12 months



Previous experience in a research or intelligence capacity



Vetting level:

Management Vetting (MV), Security Cleared (SC)

Applicants must be a resident of the UK for a minimum period of 5 years to ensure vetting checks can be successfully performed.  A job offer will be dependent upon vetting clearance, medical information and references. 



If you have any queries with regard to the application process please contact the Talent Acquisition Team by email at


All staff including those appointed on fixed term contracts must successfully complete their probationary period before they are eligible to apply for a Northumbria Police vacancy.



Vacancy Contact:  

To discuss the position in more detail please contact Emma Sanders, Senior Analyst – 0191 3752278



Northumbria Police fully supports a policy of equal opportunities and we welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Appointments are based on merit alone