Regional Technical Surveillance Technician

Regional Technical Surveillance Technician – South West Regional Organised Crime Unit

Do you have the ability to work independently in a challenging environment and have excellent problem solving skills?  The South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU) are looking for a Regional Technical Surveillance Technician to covertly support crime across the South West, bringing offenders to justice and protecting the public.

This role offers you the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills in aspects of technical surveillance. It is a highly specialist, dynamic role for which you will undergo several courses with the opportunity to become proficient in many varied aspects of covert policing.

Your work will be challenging and rewarding engaging with members of the public and law enforcement colleagues to achieve positive outcomes –providing a first class service and making a tangible difference in the community.

The South West Regional Technical Surveillance Unit support investigations around the South West and beyond, providing essential support to a wide variety of customers based in law enforcement capturing intelligence to progress an investigation or evidence to secure a conviction.


In this role, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Undertake sensitive and covert deployments in compliant environments in order to install authorised technical surveillance equipment in homes, commercial premises and vehicles. This includes visual imagery, technical observation points, static and discrete CCTV, and asset tracking
  • Assist with the day to day running of the Technical Surveillance Unit (TSU) and the local TSU footprint as delegated by the Regional Technical Surveillance Unit (RTSU) Manager, acting within the best interests of the RTSU at all times.
  • Carry out planning and preparation of techniques and equipment to satisfy operational objectives.
  • Develop risk assessments, method statements and carry out technical feasibility studies for consideration of Officers in Case, operational leads/Senior Investigating Officer, Authorising Officers and Chief Officers
  • Provide advice to the user/Officer in Case regarding technical surveillance tactics and equipment, making them aware of the relevant legislation, legal requirements and risks
  • Analyse, assess and interpret all Authorities received to verify the correct level of endorsement for the equipment requested.


Skills, experience and qualifications required:

  • You will need a qualification in electronics, radio or telecommunications or relevant workplace experience and ability to demonstrate up to date knowledge of relevant technologies.
  • You have knowledge or experience of at least one of the following: video, audio, optics, alarm, telecommunications, location and positioning equipment, information communication technology, mobile telephony, IP (Internet Protocol) or WIFI technology
  • You have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with ability to advise and influence to achieve objectives
  • You have the ability to work autonomously in a challenging environment and make decisions balancing operational considerations against risk, with excellent problem solving skills and the ability to develop technical and practical solutions.
  • You can demonstrate understanding of relevant legislation in connection with technical surveillance techniques
  • You hold a full driving licence or you are able to travel around the region by other means


For further information regarding the role please contact #SWROCU Recruitment.

To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 5 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years.

Work on a bank or public holiday as part of the normal working week will be compensated in line with conditions of service.

Please note the SW ROCU commuting policy is currently under review with Regional HR.

Internal applicants:

Conversations must take place with your first line manager and SLT sign off must be obtained when applying.

In line with the Joint Services Agreement, the successful internal candidate will remain on their home force terms & conditions and move onto the relevant pay scale for the advertised position: Avon & Somerset scale SO1, Devon & Cornwall Grade 4, Dorset Grade E, Gloucestershire scale SO1, Wiltshire scale W8


Does this sound like the role for you? Click the link below to apply.


For further information in respect of the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit and how the unit disrupts serious and organised crime within the communities across the South West of England, please visit our website –

Why work for the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit?

The South West Regional Organised Crime Unit has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative collaboration, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population across the region. If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit will most definitely be of interest to you.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The South West Regional Organised Crime Unit is working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the ROCU, 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.

Flexible working

All requests for flexible working patterns will be considered and will be dependent on the role.


Recruitment and Selection Policy

Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.


Police Barred and Advisory lists

Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.


Vetting and safeguarding

The South West Regional Organised Crime Unit 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.

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Job Overview
  • Hours Per Week
  • Salary
    £29,793 - £31,725
  • Job Category
    Police Staff
  • Disability Confident
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