View Vacancy -- Trainee Investigator - Hybrid Working

Operations Management
Cardiff, Croydon, Sale, Wakefield

Trainee Investigator

Location: Cardiff** Sale, Croydon and Wakefield only

Salary: £26,665pa (increasing to £30,032 on promotion to Investigator)

London Weighting Allowance of £4438 will be payable in addition, for role in Croydon

 **Cardiff roles / Welsh language skills

Please note that we are advertising two separate Trainee Investigator vacancies in Cardiff - this one, for which Welsh language skills are desirable, and a separate one (in Welsh) for which Welsh language skills are essential. If you  would like to be considered for both roles:

-  Please apply for the other role in Welsh

- When you have submitted that application, please email us at to confirm your interest in this second role. You will then be considered for both roles, without you having to submit two applications.

As a Trainee Investigator, you will be welcomed into a dynamic and inclusive Investigations team working locally and nationally on a wide range of IOPC investigations. The IOPC is on a journey to develop its culture, perspectives and ethos to support the organisation’s core outcomes, and this is your opportunity to enter into the varied world of IOPC Investigations, allowing you to develop your mindset and approaches to contribute to improving the police complaints system in England and Wales.

You will engage in a structured training programme and develop your skills and knowledge as an investigator, to achieve accreditation. You will be responsible for contributing to the delivery of high quality, robust and independent investigations, demonstrating our core values in all aspects of your role.

You will be required to complete a 2 year Investigator training programme which includes formal and on the job training. This will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be accredited as an IOPC investigator and will consist of assisting with and conducting, a broad range of investigative tasks including but not limited to:

- Collecting and analysing evidence including writing reports

- Working to stringent IOPC guidelines

- Witness and subject investigative interviews

- Visiting incident scenes where required and assisting in action taken to preserve and recover evidence

- Attending post mortems

- Taking part in criminal, misconduct and inquest proceedings

- Communicating effectively with complainants, bereaved families and other internal and external stakeholders

- Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team with lawyers, press officers and others

- Taking responsibility for your personal development and producing an accreditation portfolio

- Shadowing an investigator in the 24 hour on call facility and being prepared to work unsociable and extended hours

What you will need

- Effective oral and written communication skills, including excellent analytical and report writing skills; ability to reach and document clear, rational, evidence-based and independent decisions

- Ability to prioritise and manage tasks effectively to deliver quality outcomes within demanding timescales

- Experience with people from diverse backgrounds

- Confidence and ability to cope with challenging situations

- Ability to analyse information and identify key issues


What we offer

- 27.5 days paid annual leave (increasing with service to 32.5 days)

- options to carry over, buy or sell annual leave

- Civil Service pension

- Confidential employee assistance programme

- Access to Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) membership

- Staff networks focussed on each of the protected characteristics – run for staff, by staff

- Flexible working


About the IOPC

As a totally independent body, not part of the police or government, we oversee the police complaints system in England and Wales. As well as setting the standards the police should apply when handling complaints, we investigate and make decisions on some of the UK’s most sensitive cases, including where police action may have led to death or serious injury.

The IOPC is committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity in everything we do. Our vision is to be, and to be seen as, a leader in inclusive employment and services, demonstrating this ethos in everything that we do.

  • As a silver standard Stonewall employer, we continue to commit ourselves to being a LGBTQ+ employer through the work of our Pride LGBTQ+ Staff Network, creating welcoming environments for lesbian, gay, bi and queer people.
  • We are pleased to share we are a signatory of the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter. The Charter is composed of five calls to action for leaders and organisations across all sectors.
  • Being a Disability Confident employer, the IOPC is dedicated to removing the barrier for disabled people to thrive in the workplace.
  • Our Staff Networks are constantly working to make the IOPC the leaders of inclusive employment, from our Allyship Programme to Operation Hotton, to Welsh Language Standards and Know the Line Policy, we are constantly seeking new ways to create an environment for all to develop and thrive.


Success Profiles

This vacancy is using Success Profiles. As part of the application process you will be asked to complete 4 sift stage questions around Behaviours, Experience and IOPC Values.

The Level 1 Behaviours being assessed are:

· Communicating and Influencing

· Working Together

For candidates who reach the interview stage, we will provide further details of what will be assessed.


Please note that your application for this role will purely be assessed against the answers you provide to the 4 questions. Other information provided at application stage, such as work history, will not be considered as part of the marking criteria.  We ask that you ensure you provide sufficient details to demonstrate your suitability for the role within each response you provide to the 4 questions.  

Should your application be successful and you are invited to interview, the interviewers similarly will not have sight of the information you provide at the application stage. This further demonstrates the importance of providing an extensive insight of your knowledge, skills and experience during your interview to help you meet the success profiles you will be measured against.


Applications for job share and part-time working will be considered. 

The IOPC is not eligible to participate in the Civil Service transfer process, therefore successful candidates will not be able to transfer to the IOPC on their existing terms and conditions.

Any move to Independent Office for Police Conduct from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

Be yourself.

The diversity of our staff is one of our key strengths. We welcome applications regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, sex, marital or civil partnership status, parental status, religion or belief.

We’re building a culture where difference is valued. Be a part of it.

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, therefore a standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out for the successful candidate during the pre-employment process

Reasonable adjustments

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should contact as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Assessment centres will take place During September and October 2022. 

The roles will commence in January, March and Spring-Summer 2023 - Dates TBC. 

If you have specific queries, please contact

08/08/2022, 23:55

This opportunity is closed to applications.