Dog Handler, Investigations -HP1152801HG

National Crime Agency

Closing date: 23 Apr 2018

Reference number



£25,713 - £34,000


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time


37 Hour Per Week

Number of posts



Warrington, North West

About the job

Job description

Location: Warrington

Closing: Midday Monday 23rd April 2018

Would you like the opportunity to contribute to the fight against serious and organised crime?

To provide a range of canine capabilities to enhance or enable more efficient delivery of operational activity, including vehicles and premises search, pursuit and detention of suspects, and covert surveillance. To deploy search and general purpose (GP) dogs in accordance with legislation and policy.

This post is an expansion of the existing NCA dog support capability which currently has one dog handler in the South. This post will see the dog support capability expanded to the North region. The dog handler will be issued with two dogs, one proactive search dog and one general purpose dog as well as a specialist vehicle for the role.

The post holder will be required to undertake 24/7 care of canine assets within the home environment when off duty. The post holder must therefore live in suitable accommodation whereby a kennel compound can be sited and must have the appropriate home environment support structure. As per NCA operating procedure for Dog Support IV02 OP03 confirmation of appointment will be subject to a home visit by NCA management to ensure suitability of the domestic environment for housing of NCA dogs.

Salary: The salary band for this position is £25,713 to £34,000.  Where existing Civil Servants apply on transfer to the NCA at the equivalent grade, pay principles on Civil Service transfers will apply. All other salary offers will be made within the advertised band.

This role is open to External candidates & Civil Servants on lateral & promotion basis.

About the NCA
Serious and organised crime is one of the gravest threats to the UK's national security. The National Crime Agency sits at the heart of the law enforcement response, protecting the public by disrupting and bringing to justice those serious and organised criminals who pose the highest risk to the UK.

We identify and disrupt serious and organised crime by investigating and securing the prosecution of those responsible. We also lead, support and coordinate work across law enforcement, locally, regionally and nationally to reduce the impact of serious and organised crime on the UK’s communities and deter people from becoming involved in such activity.

NCA officers work at the forefront of law enforcement, building the best possible intelligence picture of all serious and organised crime threats; relentlessly pursuing the most serious and dangerous offenders; and developing and delivering specialist capabilities on behalf of law enforcement and other partners.

There's no such thing as a typical NCA officer. We come from different backgrounds and cultures, speak many language and have diverse skills and experiences. What we have in common is dedication and a commitment to protecting the public from serious and organised crime.

Are you ready to join the team?


All officers in the NCA are members of the UK Civil Service. You will be eligible for:
Civil Service pension scheme
26 days annual leave rising to 31 on completion of 5 years continuous service
Training and development opportunities
Childcare voucher scheme
Cycle2work scheme

We take the welfare of NCA officers very seriously. All staff have access to Occupational Health services and there are a number of staff representative groups. We also have a range of sporting and other activities on offer.
We can provide flexible working arrangements if the role in question is suitable. These include flexi-time, job sharing and compressed hours (working contracted hours over a shorter period).

Application Process

As part of the application process candidates are required to provide evidence against the following Criteria as well as any essential/desirable qualifications & skills.

Behavioural Criteria

1) Communication
2) Teamwork and Partnership
3) Problem Solving
4) Personal Accountability
5) Negotiating and Influencing

Technical Criteria

1) Proven experience of canine husbandry in a police environment
2) Good level of understanding of criminal law and UK legislation affecting NCA activity
3) Report writing skills

Essential Qualifications/Skills:

1)Proven recent operational experience of deployment of both proactive search dogs and general purpose police dogs
2)Standard police driver
3)Staff safety trained

Desirable Qualifications/Skills:

1) Advanced driver
2) National mobile and foot surveillance trained
3) Method of entry trained

To Apply

Please carefully read all the information on this advert and the attached documents.

Candidates must complete the attached two forms to be considered for this vacancy:

• External Application Form
• Equality & Diversity Form

Please return both documents to mailbox no later than 12.00hrs Midday on 23/04/2018.

The Application Form, Guidance Notes, Role Profile and Personal Qualities Framework (PQF) should be attached. If they are not or you cannot download them please email for an application pack

To ensure that your application / emails regarding this vacancy are actioned please ensure that the title of the email contains the vacancy reference number HP1152801HG.

Should an application arrive after the stated deadline it will not be included in the recruitment process, regardless of the reason.

Should you be successful at short listing but cannot attend on the date/time allocated to yourself for an interview date The Recruitment Team cannot guarantee an alternative date.

If you wish to make a complaint in relation to any stage of the recruitment and selection process please email please ensure that you refer to the campaign reference number. If you remain dissatisfied following the outcome of your complaint you have the right to contact the Civil Service Commission to pursue it further.


To be considered, you will need to successfully complete SC clearance before commencing the role and for specified roles DV clearance within the first 12 months as part of your probation period.
You will also be required to undertake a mandatory pre-employment substance misuse test and achieve a satisfactory result.


The NCA is an inclusive employer committed to developing a workforce which reflects the society we protect. We value difference, and recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the  Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles. More information can be found on

If you would like the application form in a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team via email to:-


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork and Partnership
  • Problem Solving
  • Personal Accountability
  • Negotiating and Influencing
  • Proven experience of canine husbandry in a police environment
  • Good level of understanding of criminal law and UK legislation affecting NCA activity
  • Staff safety trained



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Hayley Grey - 0117 372 0083

Sift/interview dates and location


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