Designing Out Crime Officer

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Police Staff
Full Time
Forcewide- Avon and Somerset area
SO 1

£33,915 - £35,982

Please note, if this is a paid role and the role is part time then the salary quoted will be pro rata based on the hours worked per annum.  

08/03/2024, 12:00

Are you a proactive individual, with an ambition to professionally develop into a suitability qualified security specialist in the area of designing out crime?

Do you have a good understanding of planning policy and procedure?

We have a new and exciting opportunity for a Designing Out Crime Officer to join our small, highly experienced and profesional Neighbourhood team.

In this role you will support the implementation of crime prevention through environmental design by commenting on planning applications and supporting crime reduction initiatives. You will be liaising with architects ,local authority planning officers and developers to look at areas in which crime prevention through environmental design should be addressed at the design stage of a development   including the submission of structured and professional reports to the relevant planning authority.

You will be liaising with internal stakeholders to provide guidance on crime reduction, and influencing Local Authorities with accordance to legislation and procedure to meet local needs in relation to minimising crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

You will be required to undertake two qualifications; Level 4 Crime Reduction (ProQual) and Level 5 Designing Out Crime( ProQual) through the Police Crime Prevention Academy. There is a residential stay at a training location as part of this qualification. This will enable you to become accredited and use innovative and specialist methods to prevent and reduce crime.

There is a requirement within this role for the post holder to undertake formal continuous professional development.


In this role, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Representing the force at relevant planning meetings/case conferences including being an expert witness at planning committees in relation to safety and security referrals.
  • Attending national meetings to discuss current crime trends, new initiatives and national issues around current legislation and security standards.
  • Identifying developments to publicly accessible locations and refer to appropriate counter-terrorism support team in accordance with agreed protocols.
  • Preventing repeat victimisation in commercial and high value burglaries using College of Policing best practice.
  •  Point of contact to support NPT to build confidence in situational crime prevention and deliver environmental visual  audits.

Skills, experience and qualifications required:

  • Good awareness and understanding of planning policy and planning procedures along with specialist knowledge of security standards.
  • Skilled communicator with the ability to build working relationships to carry out high level discussions with architects and external partners.
  • Willingness to undertake Level 4 Crime Reduction Officer ProQual and Level 5 Designing Out Crime ProQual with commitment to ongoing continual professional development.
  • This role requires you to have excellent communication skills specifically detailed report writing.  

Please note there is a requirement within the role and 12 month training period to travel around the force area when  required.

Your specific office base can be flexible and subject to arrangement with your line manager. 

Interviews for this role are due to take place on the 19th and 20th of March. 

To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 3 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years.

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Blended Working/ Hybrid Working

Avon and Somerset Police encourage flexible working where operationally possible.
This role has been identified as a blended role.
The successful candidate for this role will have the opportunity to work from home whilst also at a secondary work location, which will be a police premises. The successful applicant will have the option to discuss working arrangements with their line manager. All applicants must reside within the UK.

Important information before you commence an application (for external applicants)

You will require the following detail to complete this application form:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Identification Detail e.g. passport
  • Address information including proof 
  • Referee information
  • Full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained
  •  Tattoos - you will also be requested to provide photos and describe of any visible tattoos you have

If the role requires you to drive you will also be required to upload details from your full driving licence including photos. 

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