Investigation and Enforcement Officer
Barnet is a borough with much to be proud of. Our excellent schools, vibrant town centres, vast green spaces and diverse communities all help make it a great place to live and work. As a council we want to build on these strengths as we move into the future. We are growing and developing as an organisation to meet the challenges facing our borough, and we are committed to working with partner organisations and residents to make Barnet even better.
As an organisation, our staff are committed to Our Values – We Care, We Can Be Trusted, We Work Together, We Value Diversity, We Embrace Change and Innovation – which drive everything we do.
About the role
Based within the Council’s Community Safety Team, this post will support the Council to investigate, enforce and prosecute all incidents relating to unauthorised encampments, all aspects of environmental crime including graffiti, flyposting, fly tipping, littering, anti-social behaviour as well as Enforce the Council’s response to the Covid 19 pandemic.
The post holder will be responsible for ensuring referred cases are investigated and assessed using established problem-solving techniques, securing Evidence in line with the Criminal procedures and Investigations Act (CPIA), from areas within the council as well as external sources to achieve positive resolution or appropriate sanction.
The post holder will be responsible for developing a multi-agency approach with a focus towards achieving both council and partnership objectives to reduce crime and the perception of crime.
The post will also act as a point of contact for officers across the council and community safety partnerships, providing advice on complex investigations as well as Covid 19 compliance cases.
The post will directly support the Council’s response to tackling the Covid 19 pandemic, ensuring the community is complaint with the requirements of the Government’s legislation by way of the education, warning and enforcement against non-compliant persons, places and premises. This includes, but is not limited to, undertaking street based uniformed patrols and business compliance inspections.
The post holder will be expected to:
- Adhere to the council’s policies and procedures as well as statutory guidance designed to respond to all forms of, investigations, enforcement including information gathering and sharing.
- Manage a case load as assigned by the Community Safety Manager, undertaking a multi-agency problem solving approach and where required securing partnership intervention to achieve a successful timely resolution of the case.
- Investigate all cases and progressing enforcement action where appropriate, providing victim and witness statements, undertaking interviews under caution (in street and office based environments), preparing case files, liaising with the legal team, securing detailed witness statements and evidence, leading to appropriate sanctions including civil proceedings and formal prosecutions.
- Keep accurate case records (in line with CPIA requirements), developing, monitoring and updating multi-agency case action plans. Producing case briefings, power point presentation, keeping all stakeholders updated with progress.
- Act as a high visibility uniformed presence in the boroughs Town centres and public open spaces whilst being a point of contact for the public visiting these areas, dealing with general enquires in an ambassadorial manner.
- Work with partners to provide information, reports and intelligence around government guidance, regulation and laws regarding the Covid 19 legislation. This includes but is not limited to reporting breaches, providing statements to support legal action and attending court if required to give evidence.
- Engage with the public and local businesses in relation to the government guidance, regulation and laws regarding the Covid 19 legislation such as social distancing, wearing of face masks and displaying of QR codes (NHS Track and Trace) etc.
- Be responsible for their own development and awareness of knowledge around the latest position on government guidance, regulation and laws relating to the control of the Covid-19 virus.
Workload management and organisation is key as you will manage a case load as assigned by the Community Safety Manager, undertaking a multi-agency problem solving approach and where required securing partnership intervention to achieve a successful timely resolution of the case.
This post requires the post holder to work within a flexible working agreement, with adjusted hours to accommodate early starts or late finishes outside of the Council’s core hours and may involve weekend working. You will be expected to work on a rota basis if weekend or late cover is required.
The post holder must hold or be willing to obtain a standard Disclosure and Barring check (DBS) for this role.
What we offer
- 30 days annual leave, plus public and bank holidays
- Work-life balance options may include flexitime, job share, home working, part-time
- Generous Local Government Pension Scheme
- Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
- Excellent training and development opportunities
- Employee well- being training programs
How to apply
Click on the apply button on our website where you will find the job listed. Please read through job description and person specification and complete the online application form.
If shortlisted you will be required to bring photographic ID to your interview to prove your identity.
Closing date: 23:59 hours on 23/05/2021
Interview dates: Week commencing 07/06/2021
Barnet Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Barnet operates stringent safer recruitment procedures.
To deliver Barnet Council’s commitment to equality of opportunity in the provision of services, all staff are expected to promote equality in the workplace and in the services the Council delivers. As such we value diversity and welcome applications from all backgrounds. Click here to read our equality statement.
Barnet Council embraces all forms of flexible working (including part-time, compressed hours, and remote working) and is committed to offering employees a healthy work-life balance. Candidates are encouraged to talk about relevant requirements and preferences at interview. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.
All posts with the council are subject to a probationary period of six months, during which time you will be required to demonstrate to the council satisfaction your suitability for the position in which you will be employed.
Due to the high number of applications that are received for some posts we may close vacancies before the stated closing date if sufficient number of applications are received. Therefore, please apply as soon as possible.