Recruitment of IMU investigators is currently closed however, please email to register your details and you will be invited to apply once a vacancy becomes available.

Be part of the investigation….

Starting salary £21,387 rising to £25,269.

Note for potential candidates - sale of Kent Police Headquarters

It is currently proposed that the Kent Police Headquarters site will be sold and all members of staff currently working there will be redeployed to other workplaces and/or required to work in a more agile way. All new staff appointed to roles currently based at headquarters after 25 May 2020 and before the closure of the site will be accepting the contract knowing that their workplace will change. They will not be eligible to claim for any additional ‘home to work’ mileage costs or additional public transport costs incurred from the requirement to travel their new contractual workplace. By applying for this role, you are demonstrating that you accept these conditions. The only exceptions to this will be for existing internal staff where the new role is a promotional opportunity or a move internally with the FHQ site (that is, from one HQ role to another).

Join our Investigation Management Unit (IMU) as an investigator and you’ll perform an interesting, challenging and important role supporting crime investigation and recording.

  • as an IMU investigator you’ll be completing crime reports by reviewing incidents provided to us via 101/999 contact handlers, online crime reports, email or from police officers. Based on the information given you will need to carry out an investigation and enquire as to whether there are further lines of enquiries which need to be explored, establish further investigative opportunities and make a crime recording decision

  • you’ll help to provide first class service to the people of Kent communicating with members of the public and police officers to make sure crimes are investigated and recorded accurately and efficiently in line with National Crime Recording Standards and the Home Office Counting Rules

  • being an IMU investigator can be challenging and unpredictable, and no 2 days are the same, but you will receive full support, training and the skills to ensure that you can be the best you can be. The role can be challenging, but it also creates a sense of achievement and satisfaction to know that you will be helping victims and witness, keeping our communities safe.


  • 5 week shift pattern
  • excellent training and support
  • skills development
  • competitive salary with progressions opportunities
  • staff benefits and rewards.

Desirable skills required

  • educated to at least GCSE level or equivalent standard, including a pass in English.

Essential skills required

  • computer literate and familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • excellent keyboard skills with speed of 30 words per minute and high degrees of accuracy
  • excellent listening skills and be able to effectively communicate with individuals over the telephone.

Our IMU investigators need to

  • work as an individual or part of a team
  • cope with fluctuating demand and be able to remain effective whilst working under varying deadlines
  • possess the ability to analyse information gained and use own initiative to make decisions
  • accurately record information to a high standard with the ability to identify and correct errors
  • demonstrate an appropriate degree of decision making and empathy when dealing with officers, staff and the people of Kent.

What to expect

To work for us you must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • not be registered bankrupt or subject to a County Court Judgement or an Individual Voluntary Arrangement
  • have permanent right to live in the UK
  • have lived in the UK continuously for the last 3 years (this does not apply if you've been abroad with the British Armed Forces)
  • not be a member of the British National Party or similar organisation
  • any previous criminal convictions or cautions (including those spent), fixed penalty notices, traffic offences or any involvement with the police must be declared and they may affect your application. 

Following your application, shortlisting will be reviewed and assessed and if successful, we will contact you to arrange a virtual interview appointment with two of our Control Room team members which will be in a 1 hour time window. The interview will last approximately 45 minutes and will be conducted in a formal interview style. It will involve competency based questions and also practical exercises, which are designed to test candidates ability to use their questioning skills, listening skills, decision making and IT skills. This is part of the interview process and smart dress is expected.
On the afternoon before your interview, you will be sent some paperwork by email, to help you prepare for your interview and it is important that you read these prior to the interview.

An example of our current shift pattern is provided below. In an 8 hour shift you get a 36 minute break and 45 minutes in a 10 hour shift.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 10am - 8pm Rest day Rest day 8am - 6pm 8am - 6pm 8am - 6pm 8am - 6pm
Week 2 Non working day Non working day 6 am - 4pm 6am - 2pm 6am - 2pm Rest day Rest day
Week 3 Non working day 10am - 8pm 10am - 8pm 10am - 8pm Non working day Rest day Rest day
Week 4 8am - 6pm 8am - 6pm 8am - 6pm Rest day Rest day 6am - 2pm 6am - 2pm
Week 5 6am - 2pm 6am - 4pm Rest day Rest day 10am - 8pm 10am - 8pm 10am - 8pm