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Research Officer OPCC12594

Date added: 06-Jul-2019

Location: Winchester, HAM, GB

Company: Shared Services Partnership

Job Details:

Research Officer OPCC12594
Salary Range: £20,448 - £23,014 per annum
Work Location: St George's Chambers, Winchester
Hours per week: 37
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 26 July 2019

Interview Date: w/c 12 August 2019

Advert Text:

Understanding changes in perception within local communities helps the Police and Crime Commissioner understand the impact of crime and policing, campaigns and opportunities to help keep residents informed. We work closely with a range of community organisations and we now have the opportunity to develop this work further.


Using survey findings and identifying people in the community who are most affected by crime, we are looking for an experienced researcher who will conduct engaging and informative focus groups across the policing area. The successful candidate will work with police, Neighbourhood Watch and Community Safety Partners among others to make sure we are asking the right questions of the right people. You will need to be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and be able to work flexible hours to accommodate some evening and weekend focus groups. The ability to consider deeper relationships across other ongoing work to support the Office and Hampshire Constabulary will be key to this role.


The work will be used for our evidence based processes therefore an ability to accurately capture and report on findings is essential.


Please note this is a politically restricted position.

Job Purpose:

The performance and information team both provide and receive research relevant to crime, victims, services, and the criminal justice system.


Working as part of a small team that supports all areas of business, the successful candidate will undertake research that develops our approach to evidence based community safety.


The role holder will deliver research reports using a range of data sources and tools to inform the office as to changing trends. They will provide insight reports that draw from in-person consultation as well as a range of survey tools and information provided by Local Authorities and other partner organisations. As a part of consultation, this role will oversee the development and coordination of a community reference group for older people.


Teams within the Office often work across disciplines, there are opportunities to support events and activities out of regular working hours. An ability to accommodate some flexible working to support focus groups in evenings and weekends is preferable.

Role Responsibilities:
  • Using knowledge gained during information collection and review, help to produce evidence based advice on the future development of the Police and Crime Plan, commissioning priorities and further areas of research.
  • Supporting projects and initiatives through the presentation of research findings, collaborating with partners in community safety. It is expected that the successful candidate will also maintain close awareness of best practice in the field, they will be supported in working with key research networks.
  • Working with the Youth Commission’s research team to code and interpret survey responses.
  • Updating the Senior Leadership Team in research and priority areas.
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Good oral and written communication skills with an ability to ‘story tell’ and engage an audience.
  • Computer literacy with experience of using a variety of software, including Excel.
  • Experience of working as part of a team, but the ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships internally and externally, and at all levels of organisations.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to make recommendations where there are opportunities for improvement.
  • proactive attitude and willingness to develop new skills.
  • Analytical or statistical experience.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • A demonstrable previous interest in issues relevant to the office.
  • An innovative approach to comparing and contrasting survey, statistical and anecdotal evidence whilst maintaining accurate and transparent outcomes.
  • A passion for getting better outcomes for victims of crime, reducing offending or partnership working.
Vetting Requirements:
  • Non Police Personnel Vetting Check.
Working Conditions:
  • Manual Handling: Objects up to 5 kg on a less than daily basis.
  • Display Screen Equipment: Desktop PC / Laptop.
Contact details for an informal discussion:

Anja Kimberley, Head of Performance and Policy on 07881617301.



The Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. 

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