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Division  – Operations

Department   – Operations Management

Location  – Croydon, Sale, Wakefield, Canary Wharf

Grade  9

Salary  – £26,142

London weighting allowance  -Yes

Contract Type  -Fixed Term

Contract Duration  -12-24 months

Job Description

Do you want to contribute to some of the UK’s highest profile investigations, to uncover the truth and work within a job that matters?

Trainee Investigator

 Location: Birmingham**, Canary Wharf, Croydon, Sale or Wakefield

**Please note that applications for Birmingham are now closed

Salary: £26,142pa (increasing to £29,149 on promotion to Investigator)

London Weighting Allowance of £4351 will be payable for roles in Canary Wharf or Croydon


Please note that the vacancy may close early, for some / all locations, as we anticipate a high number of applications.

Initial shortlisting will be completed against the first sift question. Only if you meet the pass mark for this, will the rest of your application be sifted.

As a Trainee Investigator you will join a dynamic investigations team working locally and nationally on a range of IOPC investigations.

You will be required to complete a 12 – 24 month Investigator training programme which includes formal and on the job training. This will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be accredited as an IOPC investigator and will consist of assisting with and conducting, a broad range of investigative tasks including but not limited to:

  • Collecting and analysing evidence including writing reports
  • Working to stringent IOPC guidelines
  • Witness and subject investigative interviews
  • Visiting incident scenes where required and assisting in action taken to preserve and recover evidence
  • Attending post mortems
  • Taking part in criminal, misconduct and inquest proceedings
  • Communicating effectively with complainants, bereaved families and other internal and external stakeholders
  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team with lawyers, press officers and others
  • Taking responsibility for your personal development and producing an accreditation portfolio
  • Shadowing an investigator in the 24 hour on call facility and being prepared to work unsociable and extended hours

What you will need

  • Experience with or assisting people from diverse backgrounds
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including excellent analytical and report writing skills; ability to reach and document clear, rational, evidence-based and independent decisions
  • Ability to prioritise and manage tasks effectively to deliver quality outcomes within demanding timescales
  • Demonstration of the confidence and ability to cope with challenging situations
  • Ability to analyse information and identify key issues


What we offer

  • 5 days paid annual leave (increasing with service to 32.5 days)
  • options to carry over, buy or sell annual leave
  • Civil Service pension
  • Confidential employee assistance programme
  • Access to Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) membership
  • staff networks focussed on each of the protected characteristics – run for staff, by staff
  • flexible working


About the IOPC

As a totally independent body, not part of the police or government, we oversee the police complaints system in England and Wales. As well as setting the standards the police should apply when handling complaints, we investigate and make decisions on some of the UK’s most sensitive cases, including where police action may have led to death or serious injury.

Job Description file

JD -Trainee Investigator.docx – 27KB 
Converted File JD -Trainee Investigator.docx.pdf – 70KB 

Working conditions

Applications for job share and part time working will be considered.


Additional information

** Please be aware the vacancy may close early for some / all locations, as we anticipate a high number of applications**

Be yourself.

The diversity of our staff is one of our key strengths. We welcome applications regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, sex, marital or civil partnership status, parental status, religion or belief.


We’re building a culture where difference is valued. Be part of it.



This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, therefore a standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out for the successful candidate during the pre-employment process.