SYP - Sensitive Intelligence Development Sergeant

Carbrook - Force HQ
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Sensitive Intelligence Development Sergeant

Applications invited from both Police & Detective Sergeants for a new role in the Sensitive Intelligence Development Unit (SIDU).

This is a new and exciting opportunity to shape and develop a recently formed unit within Crime Services. The post holder will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Sensitive Intelligence Development Unit, supporting proactive and reactive operations by the gathering, analysing, developing, and disseminating covertly obtained intelligence in the furtherance of stated operational objectives using a range of available resources.

The role is ideal for someone who is looking to further their career in the covert & investigative environment, and applications are especially sought from those who would be willing to work towards the PS to DS Conversation pathway in the future.


  • Supervise Constables and Staff to deliver the effective management of Sensitive Intelligence
  • Supervise the Handling of Sensitive Intelligence by ensuring covertly obtained intelligence, including time sensitive intelligence, is received, and processed in accordance with national guidance
  • Assess Threat, Risk and Harm within Intelligence reports and make timely decisions about its management, sanitisation and dissemination
  • Ensure intelligence is recorded, stored, and managed in accordance with the information handling process in a way appropriate to its source, sensitivity and security classification
  • Manage the assessment of the sensitivity and reliability of received intelligence in line with the information handling process; and ensure items of intelligence are shared across the law enforcement community unless there is an overriding reason not to do so
  • Provide advice and guidance to SIO’s to ensure all product and covertly sourced intelligence is appropriately handled and exploited
  • Manage the identification of and response to opportunities for the development of sensitive Intelligence to build on the available intelligence product
  • Supervise and manage intelligence development and surveillance operations in line with legislation and force processes
  • Engage with local and regional partners to share knowledge, enhance capabilities and improve our operational response
  • Present and participate at meetings as necessary, including briefing investigative teams, and other organisational, regional, and national meetings where necessary

Skills and Experience:

  • Have an understanding of current investigative methods and tactics, CPIA and disclosure requirements
  • Excellent communication skills and diplomacy
  • Knowledge of the relevant law from Part 1 of RIPA, IPA 2006 & Police Act 1997
  • Proficient in the use of IT, Policing Systems and Microsoft Office
  • The post holder will be required to successfully achieve and maintain security vetting in line with the post requirements
  • Be willing to complete training in line with the requirements of the role, some Travel and out of force training may be required

To be eligible to transfer you must:

  • Be a current serving police officer in a Home Office force (Officers from British Transport Police, Police Service Northern Ireland, Police of Scotland & Ministry of Defence are assessed on a case-by-case basis).
  • Have no outstanding discipline or integrity issues.
  • Have resided in the UK for three years immediately prior to submitting your application.
  • Must have successfully completed your probationary period with your Force prior to submitting your application.

Application Process:

To apply, please complete the online application form.  Once submitted, please also email a copy of your full training record, your two most recent PDRs, photographs of any additional tattoos and a completed copy of the attached training checklist.  Please email these documents to

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to a competency-based interview, based on the Competency & Values Framework for Policing (CVF). 

Successful applicants will be guided through the transferee process and will be required to undergo the following checks:

  • Vetting
  • Medical Assessment & Fitness Test
  • Drugs & Biometrics
  • References
  • Sickness Criteria
  • Misconduct
  • Tattoos

To gather further information about the team and the application process please contact Detective Inspector Scott Szymczak on 07469 412735. FYI - Detective Inspector Szymczak will respond to any queries, after 13th October 2022.

South Yorkshire Police offer relocation and removal expenses up to a maximum of £8000 to transferring officers currently living outside of the force area and at least 50 miles from their permanent place of work.

In addition, we offer workplace support including a positive health & wellbeing policy, reward leave along with a compassionate application of dependants leave. 

Applications are particularly welcome from female and ethnic minority officers.

It’s really important to us that the department represents the community we serve, in order for us to provide the best service, utilising a range of backgrounds, experience and skills.  We support and value all officers and staff and the unique experiences they bring to the role.  We strongly encourage and welcome expressions of interest from these valuable underrepresented groups.

If you are from an underrepresented group and want to find out more about the support we can offer, please contact our dedicated team on

Please see attachments for FAQ’s & Guidance Notes

Closing date for application: 13th October 2022


This opportunity is closed to applications.