Detective Sergeant

Location: St Helena
Comprehensive Remuneration
The island of St Helena is an internally self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom located in the South Atlantic approximately 4,000 miles from the UK.  The Government comprises a Governor (who is appointed by the Crown) an Executive Council, which has the general control and direction of Government, and a Legislative Council.  The Governor retains responsibility for internal security, external affairs, defence, the public service, finance and shipping.
The island’s population is around 4,500 and it has a typical small island economy with a high import dependency, a
narrow economic base, a large public sector (around 790 staff), and significant outward labour migration.  St Helena receives UK Government financial assistance to support recurrent and capital expenditure as part of their obligation to ensure that the reasonable needs of the population are met.   Economic development is constrained by St Helena’s extreme isolation, its small and declining population, and a lack of significant natural resources.
The Island’s first ever airport is nearing completion with the first scheduled flight earmarked for early 2016.  This will significantly enhance St Helena’s economic prospects and have a dramatic impact on the island community.
The St Helena Police Service is seeking an experienced Detective Sergeant on a 2 year contract to be part of the investigations team.  Candidates should be current in the qualifications and experiences set out in this advertisement.
The post-holder will deliver the Police Directorate’s Strategic and Operational Plan requirements with regard to criminal investigations, safeguarding and offender management as follows:
  • Provide operational leadership to the Criminal Investigation Department having regard for current professional practice in respect of safeguarding, investigations and Offender Management;
  • Oversee and provide investigative direction to all serious and sexual crime investigations including interviewing of victims and suspects, case file preparation, forensic and other strategies;
  • Investigate child and vulnerable adult related offences
Scope of Work
The post-holder will provide operational leadership to two small investigation teams (CID and historic case review) as well as the offender management team. The offender management team includes Police Offender Managers and Probation Service staff. This will involve the operational leadership of approximately 8-9 staff (mostly UK trained).
The post-holder will also be required to embed strategies to develop and upskill local officers in relation to investigations, safeguarding and offender management. The role may require the post holder to work shifts and the post-holder is required to participate in an on call rota for investigations (there is no additional payment for the on call responsibility, but time off in lieu is permissible in exceptional circumstances)
Main Tasks
The duties of the Detective Sergeant shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Provide direction and supervision to ensure quality victim-focussed investigations of all serious crimes including sexual offences both current and historic.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the Police aspect of the multi-agency review and re-investigation process for historic cases and identify opportunities to safeguard the community and instigate prosecutions to bring offenders to justice
  • Provide guidance and supervision to officers at interviews, as necessary, and conduct quality assurance of same
  • Provide leadership and management support to officers, to ensure that policing is delivered in line with modern standards and current professional guidelines
  • Develop procedures and processes in respect of investigations and public protection including safeguarding and offender management
  • Direct current investigations in a holistic manner with due consideration to  associated  historic cases
  • Work jointly with other agencies/Directorates to secure successful outcomes for victims in accordance with the principles of ‘Working Together 2015’
  • Enhance and further develop information-sharing processes on a multi-agency basis
  • Develop strong inter-agency relationships for best outcomes for victims and to ensure best use of resources across agencies
  • Provide direction and oversight to Police Offender Management
  • Provide support and line management to the Probation Service
  • Undertake training needs analysis and develop appropriate training plans to develop staff
  • Have responsibility for the professional development of St Helena Police in respect of standards of investigation, safeguarding and the broader public protection agenda
  • Personally undertake and lead investigations as required by complexity or demand
  • Promote both internally and externally the safeguarding agenda
  • Provide out of hours CID on call cover
  • Assist in the management of operational resources in order to maximise efficiency ensuring best value at all times.
Qualifications, Experience and Skills Required
  • Broad current policing experience (current Police Officer with UK Home Office Force)
  • Current accredited and experienced detective (PIP trained)
  • Experienced in supervising child protection, public protection and other serious crime investigations
  • Experienced in child protection processes in line with Working Together 2015
  • Experience of working in a multi-agency environment in relation to safeguarding
  • Trained and experienced in conducting ABE interviews both adult and child
  • Working knowledge of public protection risk management processes including, but not limited to child protection, MAPPA and MARAC
  • Working knowledge of adult safeguarding procedures
  • Proven experience in leading a team and developing staff
  • Experience in major crime investigations.
  • Ability to deliver training
  • Experience of historic case reviews
Remuneration Description available for download here.
Full Job Description available for download here.
An application form can be found at  where further information can also be found, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 818 7610 or email: Applications must be sent to and received by 28 May 2015. Interviews will be held in London.
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