Research Officer


Posted on 14th Feb 2020

Research Officer

We are looking for Research Officers to process Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced vetting checks for persons working with children and/or vulnerable adults.

Main Responsibilities:  

  • Accurately maintain, create and update records on a variety of manual and computerised systems.
  • Undertake research and interrogate intelligence held by the force on appropriate databases.
  • Conduct a risk assessment of the information held by the force and decide on the level of action required.
  • Utilise a range of information, intelligence and other sources in order to compile effective reports.
  • Liaise with and assist external and internal customers both verbally and in writing in respect of DBS enquiries.
  • Quality assure information in order to ensure the accuracy and validity of data.
  • Maintain the handling and processing of sensitive and personal information in line with relevant legislation.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • A working knowledge of Data Protection and ability to deal with matters of a confidential nature is essential.
  • Experience of researching large volumes of information from multiple sources, having an accurate and methodical approach to work, and attention to detail.
  • Have experience of report writing and decision making with the ability to problem solve.
  • Be able to work under pressure and as part of a team
  • An understanding of the DBS process would be advantageous.
  • Please note you will be exposed to material of a distressing nature. 

What we offer:

How we reward you is linked to our culture, it’s about more than just salary. Through a package of financial, lifestyle and health benefits, we support whatever stage of life you're in and the moments that matter.

Our values are key, each and every employee embraces these in everything they do.

CARING. COURAGEOUS. INCLUSIVE. LEARNING.

Our mission is forefront of it all, we are here across the whole of Avon and Somerset to SERVE. PROTECT. RESPECT.

If you want to go home challenged and satisfied every day or night, working for an organisation that has a clear vision in providing outstanding policing for everyone, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. 

As a force we work collaboratively to promote an environment of inclusivity across every level of our organisation. We want to represent the diversity of the communities we serve.

We welcome applications where communities are currently under-represented including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions, gender, LGBT+ communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds. 

All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.

If an internal applicant who is at risk of redundancy / in need of redeployment has applied for this role and pass the selection process they will be offered the role over the remaining internal and / or external applicants.

Please indicate or advise if you have any reasonable adjustments we may need to consider at any stage of your application.

Please be advised we are unable to supply any feedback after shortlisting. 

For internal applicants every effort should be made to reduce TOIL accrued in excess of 50 hrs, RDIL accrued in excess of 5 days before commencing a new role.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are currently under-represented including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions, gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.  All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.  

Assessment date:- 5th March 2020

Interview date:- 11th/12th March 2020

Avon and Somerset Police are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.

More Information Application Help

All Police Jobs. All jobs. All forces