Corporate Functions (Police Staff Roles)

Corporate Functions (police staff roles)

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Corporate Functions

There is so much more to keeping our constabulary running smoothly than meets the eye. Away from the frontline is an army of staff working diligently behind the scenes in a huge variety of roles. As with any large organisation, a core set of functions is required to ensure our force performs well as a business – and every single person who works here knows they make a difference each day to the communities of Lancashire.

Alongside over 3,000 officers, we have more than 2,300 police staff working collaboratively to keep our county safe. Our people represent an enormous range of professions, combining all of the skills necessary to operate a modern police force – from vehicle mechanics, press officers, procurement officers and payroll assistants to solicitors, programme analysts, administration assistants, fingerprint officers and HR advisors.

We also offer a 12-month apprenticeship, which is an excellent way for young adults aged 16-23 to gain a nationally recognised NVQ Level 2 whilst learning on the job in their chosen area.

Everything we do in Corporate Functions is aligned to our core aim of ensuring Lancashire’s people are secure and feel safe. We are passionate about delivering an inclusive, competent and compassionate service 24/7, and we are always looking for people who share the same values. If you have something special to offer and want to become a vital cog in the wheel that keeps Lancashire Police turning, take a look at our vacancies page.

Support for Underrepresented Groups

We offer support (Positive Action) for underrepresented groups (black and minority ethnicities, gay/lesbian/bisexual and transgender) by providing advice and guidance before and during the selection process.

Most candidates who attend positive action support sessions will say that they benefited considerably. Having the opportunity to become familiar with policing processes increased their knowledge and gave them confidence to submit an application of a higher standard. Equally so, those who attend national assessment centre support sessions have a higher chance of success, than those from under-represented groups who don’t.

This is a competitive process whereby sacrificing a small amount of your time, could be the difference between a pass or  fail.

So, BEFORE you submit your application form, CONTACT US at [email protected]

See our Positive Action section at the bottom of the page for full information.

Case Study

Press Officer Aban Quaynar joined Lancashire Police following a career in community and crime reporting, most recently as the Lancashire Evening Telegraph’s Chief Reporter, so he’s accustomed to a fast-paced, news environment.

Aban said: “It’s a bit of a cliché but there isn’t a typical day – because of the nature of what you’re dealing with in terms of incidents it varies day-to-day. Being on call is decisive stuff but I quite enjoy the pressure of that situation and the feeling of responsibility that you’re the person the officers are coming to help for. There have been a couple of times where I’ve put out wanted appeals and people have handed themselves in directly as a result of that, or a press release has gone national. It really shows where you’ve made a difference.”

You get that bug for reporting on crime, but with journalism, you can get burnt out and it came to the point where I needed a change. I’d had five years of dealing with Lancashire Constabulary and had only heard good things about the constabulary, so it was the perfect opportunity when the Press Officer role came up. Everyone was so welcoming straight from the off, I felt part of the team straightway and the wider department was very welcoming too.

Press Officer Aban Quaynar

Case Study

Senior Solicitor and Higher Rights Advocate Rachel Fung joined Lancashire Police in 2005.  Rachel told us: “I was born in Hong Kong and studied at a boarding school in the Lake District; and having just finished my Law degree, I found myself being a victim of a crime that took place in Lancashire. My first encounter with Lancashire Police was so positive I decided that I would join the force, and help contribute to protecting the community.”
Today Rachel plays a crucial role at the highest levels. As a Civil and Criminal Higher Rights Advocate and in-house solicitor for our Chief Constable, she advises the Constabulary on a wide range of legal matters, including Operational Policing, Police Misconduct Regulations, the Sexual Offences Act 2003, inquests and judicial reviews; representing the force in all higher courts.
Rachel said: “The diversity of the work that I do ensures that no day is like any other, and this is what gets me up in the morning.”

The best thing about working for Lancashire Constabulary is the collaborative environment, everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission, which is to keep the people in Lancashire safe. This truly creates a family environment where everybody is there for each other, and aims to achieve to same goal.

This is a positive workforce, one that embraces fairness, transparency, and recognises an individual’s authenticity; the constabulary always thrives to make a difference in the community that it serves, and is always supportive to its own workforce during changeable times. I couldn’t ask for a better employer. 

Rachel Fung, Corporate Functions

Case Study

Leonie Barnes-Whitaker was 23 when she joined the Criminal Justice Department. Over the 32 years since she has steadily progressed, spending 10 years as an Intelligence Analyst attached to a Division or the Major Crime Unit. Now Lancashire Constabulary’s Senior Intelligence Analyst, Leonie manages a team of 15 dedicated analysts working across the force to provide insights that help the constabulary solve and prevent crimes, from shoplifting to murder, and also tackle issues such as County Lines operations and Modern Day Slavery.


Leonie said: “I get to work closely with the frontline, with different people across the county, and I have the same energy and enthusiasm for the job as I did when I first started.”

“To be successful in this role you need to have good negotiation skills, to like people and be able to read them, see what needs doing and facilitate it being done, and be energetic and relentless. There’s so much going on at any one time, you have to be structured and organised. The main attribute is passion. When you’re on an investigation and you find that golden nugget, and can finally find justice for the victim and their family and loved ones – that’s the best feeling in the world.”

This is such a rewarding and varied role, and it’s not just centred on investigations – we explore and provide vital insight in respect of criminal issues faced by the Constabulary, such as Child Sexual Exploitation. If I was to give anyone advice about applying to be an Intelligence Analyst it would be: “Speak to Leonie first!”

Leoni Whitaker, Corporate Functions

Case Study

DBS Officer Sam Barker came to Lancashire Police as an Apprentice on the Vetting Team in 2014 after deciding sixth form college wasn’t for him. As a young teenager not long out of school, he was quite shy about starting work, but he soon found his feet. “Everybody in the office was so welcoming which helped to calm my nerves,” he said. “As time went by I started to feel more comfortable with everything.”


In 2018 Sam moved to his current role within the Legal Department’s Disclosure & Barring Service. He said: “Since working here I’ve managed to complete my Level 4 NVQ in Business Administration whilst working full time, and the role itself has helped me gain more experience around researching and using the police systems we have in a more investigative way.”


Several years since joining Lancashire Police, Sam remains settled and content: “I just can’t believe where the time has gone! I definitely feel happy in my current role and the friendliness and support from other colleagues and supervisors has been lovely.”

It’s been almost six years since I first started my apprenticeship back in 2014 and I just can’t believe where the time has gone! I feel as though my journey couldn’t have gone better and it leaves me excited around what roles and experiences I will encounter later down the line. 

Sam Barker, Corporate Functions

Corporate Functions Application Process

When applications are open, you are able to complete and submit your form online. You should look to include as much relevant experience, knowledge and skills as you can within the space provided. Where possible, you should do this using examples of where you have carried out similar responsibilities in your work. If you are unable to provide work examples, you may use instances from other aspects of your life, but be sure to keep them relevant. Try also to use only fairly recent examples, avoiding anything that seems old or outdated.

Simply referring to your skills and experience isn’t always enough. Remember that the assessor does not know you or your capabilities, or how effectively you may perform on a daily basis. All they have to go on is what you say in your application. You therefore need to make sure you really sell yourself, taking every opportunity to fill in any potential gaps in the assessor’s picture of you.

If you find that you don’t have specific examples that will highlight your ability to do the job, do all you can to link the experience that you do have with the role you are applying for. You might also use other examples to indicate your willingness and ability to learn new skills or refresh old ones.

Make sure you read the application form carefully and provide full answers to all the questions. Sell yourself.

The best way to structure your answers and to demonstrate clearly how you meet the criteria is by following the STAR format.

Set the scene

When and what is the example about? What was the scenario situation that you faced?

Task

What did you identify needed to be done? What were you tasked to do? What was your role? 

Action / approach

What did you do? Why? Were there options? Why did you select that particular course of action?

Result

How did it go? Was it successful? Why? With hindsight, would you have done things differently?

If your example relates to a specific individual, please retain their anonymity to ensure compliance with data protection.

You can find lots of information and examples on the internet about how to structure a STAR answer for an application form.

 

Once we receive your completed form, we will check it against our standard recruitment criteria – e.g. convictions and nationality. If you are eligible to work for Lancashire Constabulary, your application will move on to the next stage. Following the initial sift your application will be assessed by the department to which you are applying. They will check and score your evidence against the criteria as detailed on the candidate specification. If your application is unsuccessful at this stage, we will contact you by email to let you know.

At this stage you will be invited to attend an interview.  This could be face to face or online via Skype.

If your application passes the initial stages we will contact you to arrange an interview. The interview questions will be based around the same criteria as detailed on the candidate specification and will seek to find out how you would perform in the job in question. We would also suggest visiting other section of our website for information on our values and force priorities. 

Sometimes you may be asked to prepare a presentation at your interview (you will be notified of this with your interview invitation).

If you are successful at the interview, we will send you a conditional offer of employment together with details of the next steps. This offer will be subject to security, health and reference checks.

A Health Declaration form will be sent to you for completion which our Health Services team will screen. It is imperative that you complete the form accurately and do not withhold any information. In some cases they may need further information (for example from GP’s or specialists) and you will be medically pended while this is being obtained. The Equality Act 2010 covers all positions in Lancashire Constabulary . If you have a disability, adjustments will be made if it is reasonable to do so.

During this process you will be required to undertake a Substance Misuse Test and for some specific roles you also have to provide a DNA sample (mouth swab) and have your fingerprints taken.

Police Staff Vetting

Before anyone joins Lancashire Constabulary we need to undertake a series of checks to ensure they meet our requirements. As part of this we look into every applicant’s spouse, partner or civil partner, and close relatives including parents, siblings or others living or anyone associating with the person.

 

To help us to do this we ask you to complete a detailed vetting form and to let anyone whose details you have provided know that they will be looked into as part of your employment checks. Legislative constraints mean that we’re unable to disclose the results of enquiries on third parties.

Criminal Convictions 

If you have convictions or cautions this doesn’t necessarily mean that we won’t be able to appoint you. It depends on the role you’ve applied for and the nature of the offence. 

Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 all police staff applicants have to declare previous convictions and cautions which would ordinarily be considered ‘spent’.

However, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order 1975, provides that if you’re applying for a police staff role you do NOT have to declare any information in relation to a PROTECTED caution or a PROTECTED conviction.

A protected conviction is one where ALL the following applies:

  • It is not for a ‘listed offence’* under Article 2A(5) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975
  • No custodial sentence was imposed
  • The individual has not been convicted of any other offence at any time
  • 11 years or more have passed since the conviction, if the individual was aged 18 or over at the time of conviction, or 51/2 years or more have passed since the conviction, if the individual was under 18 at the time of the conviction.

A protected caution is one where ALL the following applies:

  • It is not for a ‘listed offence’* under Article 2A(5) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975;
  • 6 years or more have passed since the caution, if the individual was aged 18 years or over at the time the caution was given, or 2 years or more have passed since the caution, if the individual was under 18 at the time the caution was given.

* Listed offences include serious, violent and sexual offences and offences which are of specific relevance to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, and will never be filtered or protected. There is a list of offences which will never be filtered or protected here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-list-of-offences-that-will-never-be-filtered-from-a-criminal-record-check

As an applicant, you are responsible for understanding if you have a protected caution or conviction and to complete the vetting form correctly. If in doubt, contact our vetting unit for advice.

Lancashire Constabulary apply the criminal convictions guidance contained in the College of Policing Vetting Code of Practice and associated Authorised Professional Practice (APP) to all police staff applications. We need to reject your application if you:

  • have offences that were committed as an adult or juvenile which resulted in a prison sentence (including custodial, suspended or deferred sentence and sentences served at a young offenders’ institution or community home); or
  • are a registered sex offender or are subject to a registration requirement in respect of any other conviction.

For all other convictions or cautions we’ll need to reject your application if you have offences where any of the following apply:

  • Vulnerable people were targeted
  • The offences were motivated by hate or discrimination
  • The offences are of a domestic abuse nature

We take particular care where an applicant has been convicted of (or cautioned for) offences of dishonesty, corrupt practice or violence.

We consider each case on its own merits and, whilst you should presume convictions, cautions or other sanctions will lead to your application being rejected, there may be cases where this will not be the case. 

There may also be circumstances where you don’t fall within the criteria, but your suspected involvement in crime, or criminal associations make an offer of employment inappropriate.

Financial Status  

We run a credit reference check on all applicants. Police staff have access to privileged and highly sensitive information, which may make them vulnerable to corruption, so it’s important for us to understand applicants’ financial situation. Applicants to the police service should normally be free from serious debt or liability and be able to manage existing loans. We place our emphasis on managing debt sensibly.   

If you have existing County Court Judgements outstanding or have been registered as bankrupt and have not discharged your bankruptcy we’ll be unable to consider your application. If you have been registered as bankrupt and have discharged their bankruptcy debts you won’t be considered until three years after your discharge of the debt. Debt Relief orders (DRO) are treated in the same way as a bankruptcy.   

We will consider your application carefully if a credit reference check reveals you have a current individual voluntary arrangement (IVA). We don’t make clearance decisions until we’ve seen evidence that you’ve maintained regular IVA repayments over a number of months. The same principle applies where you have defaulted on accounts.   

If you can show you have and are adhering to debt management arrangements you may be considered. We’ll need to see documentary evidence to demonstrate your commitment and adherence to any debt management arrangements and will consider each case on its own merits.

Vetting Decisions 

If your vetting is successful, our vetting team will let the recruiting department know. If your clearance is declined our vetting team will notify you personally of the reason unless there’s a valid reason not to do so.  There is an appeal process available if required.

 

After all of the above has taken place you will be given a formal offer of employment and you discuss start dates for your exciting new career!

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Positive Action

Lancashire Constabulary is a workplace open to and supportive of a diverse workforce.

Our vision is to have an inclusive workplace open to and supportive of a diverse workforce.

We are ambitious in our aim to attract, recruit, support and promote talented individuals who represent the diverse communities and groups in Lancashire. We value difference and recognise that people with a variety of skills, attitudes and experiences, from diverse backgrounds and cultures, bring fresh ideas and perspectives. Encouraging and harnessing these differences can enhance Lancashire Police, by bringing together different viewpoints to continually improve how we deliver our policing service; making our services more approachable and relevant to our communities. We use positive action to help achieve this.

N.B If you are eligible for Positive Action (see below for eligibility) you can obtain a support before you submit your application form. Please email the team at [email protected] to access this support.

If you are eligible for Positive Action support then click the box below to register and one of our team will be in touch.

Register for Positive Action Support

Positive Action simply means employers can take steps which seek to level the playing field for underrepresented groups. This is done by providing advice, guidance and support where required, whilst still maintaining the high standards for recruitment and promotion.

The selection process is based purely on the required skills and abilities of the candidate for the role. The selection procedure itself is no different and is based solely on merit. ‘Positive action’ does not seek to remove competition and Lancashire Police will take the best applicants.

The reality is that many of our over-represented candidates are far more likely to already know someone in the police service (friends and family) and are therefore more likely to be able to access advice regarding application processes. Positive action delivered by the workforce representation team works to re-dress that balance.

Equality and Inclusion are vital to Lancashire Police, as we strive to keep our communities safe – we can only be effective in that if our workforce is truly reflective of the communities we serve.

We recognise that a diverse workforce brings a whole host of advantages including:

  • Helping us to understand the diverse needs of our communities and be able to adapt accordingly
  • Be better positioned to serve our communities by overcoming language and cultural barriers
  • Staff are happier in an environment that is truly reflective, values diversity and well-being, allowing staff to truly be themselves at work

The Equality Act, allows positive action to be used when there is under-representation. Lancashire Constabulary has identified that there is an operational requirement to recruit people who are / from;

  • Black and Minority Ethnicities

The Workforce representation team are dedicated to supporting talented individuals from underrepresented groups who can make a difference. We offer a variety of initiatives such as providing appropriate advice, guidance, encouragement and support throughout the recruitment process.

We recognise joining the police and our recruitment processes can be quite daunting and may be completely different to anything you have experienced before; we endeavour to help you become more familiar with our processes, to understand what we are looking for in a candidate and equip you sufficiently so that you feel comfortable and confident when you approach each recruitment stage.

Contact us today (before completing your application form) at:

[email protected]