Be part of the investigation….

Starting salary £20,865 rising to £24,654.

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 (i.e. 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 two 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 require

  • Educated to at least GCSE level or equivalent standard, including a pass in English
  • Computer literate particular familiar with Microsoft products Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Excellent keyboard skills with speed of 30wpm and high degrees of accuracy.
  • Excellent listening skills and be able to effectively communicate with individuals over the telephone.

Our IMU investigators will 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 Kent Police 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, we will contact you to arrange a telephone screening appointment with one of our Control Room team members within a 1 hour time window at a time that will suit you. This will last approximately 10-15 mins and conducted within an interview style.

If you are successful at the telephone screening stage you'll be invited to one of our assessment centres.  This will last for approximately 2 hours, and will be a group based assessment with up to 10 candidates, and will involve an IT/multi skill test and group assessments to test candidates ability to use their question skills, listening skills, decision making and team working.  This is part of the interview process and smart dress is expected. 

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.

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Week 1 10:00 - 20:00 RD RD 08:00 - 18:00 08:00 - 18:00 08:00 - 18:00 08:00 - 18:00
Week 2 NWD NWD 06:00 - 16:00 06:00 - 14:00 06:00 - 14:00 RD RD
Week 3 NWD 10:00 - 20:00 10:00 - 20:00 10:00 - 20:00 NWD RD RD
Week 4 08:00 - 18:00 08:00 - 18:00 08:00 - 18:00 RD RD 06:00 - 14:00 06:00 - 14:00
Week 5 06:00 - 14:00 06:00 - 16:00 RD RD 10:00 - 20:00 10:00 - 20:00 10:00 - 20:00

How to apply

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