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Specialist Search Technical Services Engineer

Met Police
Southwark and Lambeth
£35,844 to £40,731 plus a Location allowance of £1,639
Closing date
9 Aug 2022
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Salary: £35,844 to £40,731 plus a Location allowance of £1,639. Your starting salary will be £35,844. Progression to the band maximum of £40,731 will be via incremental progression.

Location: Southwark and Lambeth

Support frontline Counter Terrorism operations

To protect London, we need all kinds of people, with all sorts of skills. As a Technical Engineer in our Specialist Search Technical Services (SSTS) team you will use your talents to support crucial Counter Terrorism operations. We will support you with training and resources to enable you to play your part in keeping the capital’s communities safe. If this area of policing interests you then come and join our expert team.

You will be part of the Threat Mitigation Technologies section within the Specialist Search Technical Services team; an enabling function for all kinds of activities associated with Counter Terrorism Policing. As part of this vital function you will work closely with officers and fellow engineers to provide a range of technical capabilities; this could include support for a number of areas such as weapons detection technologies and Explosives Trace Detection (ETD), Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM), X-ray systems, and other search and detection techniques. It is a varied and interesting role where you will be operationally deployed to external locations around London in support of proactive and reactive operations, as well as completing office-based functions, such as procuring, modifying, testing and operating a range of systems under the supervision of a Leading Engineer. 

We are looking for proven engineering or scientific experience and a relevant qualification in a STEM subject. You should also have working knowledge of either chemical or radiological detection principles, the electromagnetic spectrum or radio frequency communication systems. Whatever your background, you will need to be comfortable working both independently and as part of a team and, you should have the confidence and communication skills to deal with all types of people.

Job Description:

Reporting to a Leading Engineering Technician (Band N) within the Specialist Search Technical Services (SSTS) team, you will work operationally with other engineers and police officers to provide a range of technical capabilities to support counter terrorism policing in London. You will require a background in electronics, electromechanical engineering or a scientific discipline in order to support capabilities such as, but not limited to, weapons detection technologies, Explosives Trace Detection (ETD), Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM: counter-eavesdropping), X-ray systems, and other search and detection techniques.

Our Employee Commitments

Counter Terrorism Policing aims to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere and culture and an environment where all our people feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to reach their full potential. Where any group or individual can be and feel respected, supported and valued to fully participate and contribute to our mission of “Working to keep people safe from Terrorism”.

Inclusion, diversity and equality is at the front and centre of our approach to make the composition of Counter Terrorism Policing more representative of the communities we serve.  As Counter Terrorism is rooted in Local Policing, to tackle today’s complex policing challenges, applications from across all communities are therefore essential and encouraged. Counter Terrorism Policing as a network is committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations’.

Counter Terrorism Policing is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, and including part time working or job share. In addition, this role has been reviewed following learning from work during the Covid pandemic and may be done in an agile manner. In the first instance, please contact the vacancy holder to discuss how such arrangements could be accommodated (where applicable). 

Counter terrorism Policing recruitment is open to all, but we are keen to positively support those who are younger in service to join into our specialist environment.

Please click on the below link to view an online candidate information pack that will you give you an insight into the Metropolitan Police Service, the competency framework we use which shapes our daily work behaviours, the application process and a host of other information, that will help inform and support your application:

Click the apply now button below and start your career within the Metropolitan Police Service. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement and online application form. Your personal statement should include examples of your personal approach, actions and outcomes and should approximately 1750 words in length.  Considering the role description of the post you are applying for, please describe how your current skills, experience and knowledge make you suitable for the role. Please refer to the Metropolitan Police Service’s Values and Competency Framework and describe how your approach to your previous employment / experiences addresses the standards set out for our organisation.  (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).

Completed applications must be submitted by 9th August 2022.

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.


London covers 620 square miles and is home to millions of people speaking over 300 different languages. In this most vibrant and complex of cities, this presents an ever-evolving challenge for the Met when fighting to reduce crime - and the fear of crime.

Forging close relationships, building trust and understanding the issues within London’s different communities all form part of the fundamental platform on which effective, credible policing is built.

As a result, we must continue to recruit the brightest and the best people from every background and use the full spectrum of their skills, knowledge and experience to make London safer for everybody.

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