Recruitment Opportunity – Norfolk Police – Policy and Partnerships Officer

OCC, Wymondham (flexible – can be national, please check advert for full details)
Full Time (37 hours) – Temporary / Secondment to Tuesday 31 March 2020
Band E: £27,339 – £31,095 per annum
Wednesday 19 June at 11:59pm
Please quote Ref: C454 on application form

The position we have available is for one fixed term role until Tuesday 31 March 2020.  This is a national role.  Working from London, working from home and working from Norfolk are all options which can be discussed at interview stage.

The Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP):

Policing has seen prolonged significant increases in demand associated with protecting vulnerable persons.  It is one of policing’s highest threat, harm and risk areas.  Nationally however responses have traditionally been fragmented with significant focus on single threat strands.  At a local level demand and budgetary pressures have meant this area of policing is no longer the preserve of the specialist.  The associated evidence base both in terms of understanding how the threat strands intertwine and what works with regards to policing intervention has struggled to keep up.  The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has sought to begin to address this challenge through the Violence and Public Protection (VPP) portfolio led by Chief Constable Simon Bailey (QPM).  A National Vulnerability Action Plan (NVAP) has been created which consolidates relevant actions featuring across multiple single strand threat areas plans.  Funding has also recently been secured from the Police Transformation Fund (PTF) up until March 2020 to establish a national policing Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP).

Purpose, role and function of VKPP:

  • Work in collaboration with forces, relevant NPCC leads, NCA, College, HMICFRS and range of external partners to gather a more detailed understanding of current practice and the interventions deployed to address vulnerability and the serious violence threat
  • Generate a shared understanding of where most significant gaps in practice and knowledge are nationally and identify/promote emerging innovative practice being developed
  • Identify a minimum of 10 of most promising interventions that have not been independently evaluated (at least 5 must focus on addressing serious violence). These will in turn be subject to independent evaluation through an independent commissioning process led by the college of policing utilising a £1.5m dedicated fund. Prioritisation will be given to early intervention and prevention interventions which seek to directly address multiple vulnerabilities or those that may have wider applicability / potential to do so
  • Own and coordinate the response to the National Vulnerability Action Plan (NVAP). This includes benchmarking force activity, progressing relevant national actions and maintaining its content based on emerging learning from national reviews/ research
  • Incorporate a specific provision to focus on proactive policing
  • Develop a small analytical resource with specific focus on mapping out existing national data collections across NPCC/ HMICFRS/ Home Office. Specifically this will seek to identify any opportunities to de conflict and improve current collections and enable improved analysis / collective understanding of the threat
  • To liaise proactively with partners to promote the NVAP, share learning and influence future multi agency practice development including national Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) reform

Applications are invited for the above post at OCC.  The role holder may occasionally be required to spend time at other locations.

It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with people at all levels and from diverse communities using a range of media
  • Excellent written communication skills with experience of producing policy, research or analysis for the purpose of influencing systems change through report writing and drafting documents, guidance or strategies
  • Experience of building and maintaining partnerships and relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and relevant agencies
  • Excellent facilitation or presentation skills and an ability to deliver to diverse audiences
  • Ability to undertake detailed work, including summarising information and synthesising key messages from a range of information sources to present them in a coherent way
  • Experience of researching and collating data through developing and use of internal and external channels, considering wider options, spotting trends and patterns and making and evaluating outcomes
  • Good organisation and planning skills with the ability to work on own initiative, prioritising and managing a diverse workload, and working to pre-determined deadlines with a high level of motivation
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of some of the issues underneath the umbrella of Vulnerability, which includes sexual abuse and exploitation, criminal exploitation and serious violence, domestic abuse, stalking and harassment, neglect, modern slavery and other forms of abuse and exploitation
  • Excellent IT skills and competency in Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel and Visio
  • Willingness to travel as required


It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Wide network of relevant professional contacts within previous work experience


Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday.  This post is offered on a temporary fixed term contract basis.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 11:59pm.

Interviews will be held on the Monday 24 June 2019.

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Norfolk Constabulary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or flexible working basis in line with the organisational requirements of this role.

Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together.

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.

Please return completed applications by email to