Experienced Investigator

You will investigate serious criminality, you will work as part of a team, collecting and developing intelligence and evidence; to build and contribute to case file preparation to prosecute offenders.

You will be working closely with other NCA departments and partner agencies to identify threats from criminality and work in a challenging environment to pursue offenders. We have varied roles within the Investigations Command including; surveillance, complex case preparation, Cyber and Digital Forensic officers. This diverse team enables Investigations to pursue the most challenging and high risk criminals.

Every day will be different. Using innovative approaches and ground breaking techniques you will be making decisions which help to disrupt and bring to justice criminals who present the highest threat to the UK.

You may be expected to work directly or indirectly in tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse. This may involve exposure to child sexual abuse images and material. All officers working on or supporting this type of operational activity will undergo a psychological assessment on taking up the role and at regular intervals once in post.

By applying for this role you are confirming that you are willing to work on child sexual exploitation and abuse operations.


30,154 - 33,504 dependent on accreditation, skills and experience. Pay principles on Civil Service transfers apply for current civil servants transferring to the NCA at the equivalent grade.

Roles based in London will receive an additional London Weighting Allowance of 3,258.


The majority of Experienced Investigator roles are available in London, Warrington, Birmingham and West Midlands, Bristol, Scotland and Belfast.

A small number of additional roles will potentially be available in Bridgend, West and South Yorkshire, Manchester and Chorley, South East outside London including Kent, Stevenage and Slough, East Midlands, Exeter, Suffolk and Wyboston.

When completing the online application form you will be given the opportunity to state up to three preferred locations.

Selection Criteria

All of our experienced investigators are required to hold either a 'Professionalising Investigation Programme' investigative skills at level 2 (PIP2) College of Policing accreditation and/or ALL of the equivalent criteria listed below relating to investigative experience in either serious, complex or major crime. This evidence should have been attained within the last 12 months

Experienced investigators who join the agency without PIP2 accreditation will be required to achieve this, including passing any exams (National Investigators Exam (NIE) and/or the NCA Specific Powers Exam (SPE), within their probationary period.

You will also need to meet the following criteria:

  • Knowledge, understanding and awareness of how to obtain/conduct search warrants applying a range of legislation at Magistrates' and Crown Courts
  • Knowledge and understanding of conducting arrests; competent and experienced at interviewing suspects (including knowledge of custody time limits/procedures, extensions and authorisations), and at use of bad character evidence, bail (including evidence of completion of any serious and complex / advanced / specialist interview courses)
  • Competent and experienced at interviewing witnesses (including evidence of completion of any serious and complex / advanced / specialist interview courses, often known as Achieving Best Evidence (ABE), Tier 2 or Tier 3)
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge and awareness around seizure of exhibits, continuity of evidence, and seize/sift legislation, including experience in disclosure, and scheduling of material, including knowledge of CPIA legislation (and any specific courses in relation to this)
  • Experienced and competent in completing case files and in liaison with prosecuting agencies / authorities

Desirable qualifications/skills:

These additional skills may be taken into consideration when posting.

  • Tier 2 or Tier 3 Interview trained
  • ABE trained
  • SCAIDP training
  • IT / Computer science experience
  • Computer Science degree/ IT professional qualification or equivalent.
  • Operational Skills Training (SOS) Stage 1 & 2 or equivalent
  • CLIO
  • RIPA trained
  • CPIA trained
  • Disclosure Officer trained
  • CycComms
  • Surveillance accreditation
  • Financial Investigator Accreditation (within the last 5 years)
  • Accredited Surveillance Motorcyclist

The Selection Process

  • Stage 1 - all candidates to complete the on-line application form, providing a 750 word statement to evidence the selection criteria outlined above. Candidates with PIP2 should attach the PIP2 certificate with their application.
  • Stage 2 - shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview, where you will be assessed on the above selection criteria together with 'Leading and Communicating' and 'Collaborating and Partnering' behaviours.

Candidates who meet the required standard at interview will be posted in merit order by their location preferences.

Candidates who are successful but not initially posted as a result of this recruitment process will be placed onto a reserve list to be considered for potential vacancies over a 12 month period in merit order and by location preference.

Additional Information

  • The NCA is a 24/7 organisation, and working patterns must support business requirements. You may be required to respond at short notice or outside of core hours.
  • Officers may be required to travel throughout the UK and overseas.
  • NCA are able to offer these opportunities on a permanent and secondment basis.
  • You could be deployed to work on any type of investigation, including, but not limited to Child Sexual Exploitation, Cyber or Financial investigations.