Intelligence Researcher - SIM Team

Force Headquarters, Camden, London
Full Time
Secondment / Fixed term
21 - Months
£24,490.30 per annum starting plus £2,700.10 per annum London Allowance.
Up to £X amount

An Intelligence Researcher is required on a permanent contract paying £24,490.30 per annum plus £2,700.10 per annum London Allowance with British Transport Police (BTP) based in our Force Headquarters in London (NW1).

BTP is the national police Force for Britain’s rail network. Every day we ensure the safety and security of over six million passengers and railway staff throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Using the ‘Serenity Integrated Mentoring’ (SIM) model, the SIM Team will work with a variety of stakeholders including the NHS, Home Office forces and third sector organisations to reduce the impact that these complicated mental health issues have on communities. Working within the SIM Team, the Intelligence Researcher will predominately deal with reports and research work in relation to suicide prevention and mental health. This will also involve reading reports and conducting research around suicide and suicidal individuals on the rail network.

Please download the attached Job Description for further information.


What is SIM?

Across the UK, emergency and healthcare services respond every minute to people in mental health crisis. Mental health crisis calls are increasing consistently each year. But there is also ‘a problem within this problem’ because in every community, up to 40% of this demand is caused by the same patients; a small number of repeat callers who struggle to manage highly complex behavioural disorders and who, as a result place intensive operational demands on police, ambulance, A&E departments and mental health teams.

SIM carefully selects and trains police officers and police staff alongside their clinical colleagues. Together they learn about the trauma and triggers that lead to high intensity behaviour, they discuss how best to manage risk and how to ensure that the service user does not keep on repeating the same high risk, high harm behaviour. It is demanding and intensive work but can bring significant breakthroughs in the lives of people whose behavioural risks are likely to result in them entering the criminal justice system or even worse, dead from accidental suicide.

SIM intervention teams slowly reduce this pattern of high cost behaviour. Every patient is different, but the best results so far have seen crisis calls and demand reduced by up to 90%.

We are all aware of the impact of mental health on our resources and stakeholders across the rail network, but the concept of the ‘SIM’ model and how the team will operate will be new to many. We are hosting workshops via Microsoft Teams on the 5th of January at 11:00 (Teams Link) and 6th of January at 12:30 (Teams Link). The national director for the High Intensity Network and creator of SIM has also recorded this short 5-minute video explaining what SIM is and how we intend to deliver this programme.

Please contact DI Simon Collins, Luke Cronin or Martyna Piatowska (Vulnerability Managers) for any further enquiries.


As Intelligence Researcher you will be required to:

  • Evaluate, sanitise and validate all intelligence reports received by BTP and create nominal records and other required entities, applying the current nationally approved system within 72 hours on receipt or as determined by ACPO, in line with the defined processed within MPOI and NIM.
  • Disseminate intelligence and work with other Forces relevant BTP departments where appropriate.
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative research to produce and/or inform analytical products including collecting, collating and evaluating information from a wide variety of sources at a strategic, tactical or operational level.
  • Prepare and deliver research summaries and findings such as presentations and reports to clearly and accurately inform decision making and/or facilitate analysis.
  • Support the identification and development of new sources and methods of research to ensure that intelligence products reflect latest methodologies and best practice.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with colleagues and partners such as liaising with other agencies to ensure collaborative working.
  • Develop, produce and disseminate briefings to provide clear and focused information and direction to police officers and staff.
  • Support intelligence gathering/collection in the event of live incidents or in support of the exigencies of the service as directed by supervision.
  • Adhere to all legal frameworks, key working principles, policies and guidance relevant to the role.

The successful Intelligence Researcher will be required to evidence the following skills:

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline or equivalent qualification or work experience.
  • Experience of communicating effectively and of undertaking research of a qualitative and quantitative nature.
  • Ability to research and assimilate large volumes of data and prepare and produce complex research-based reports.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation and policies appropriate to the role and their use.

If you are interested in applying to this role then please do not delay as interviews will be held as soon as appropriate candidates are highlighted. In return for your experience, we can offer you:

  • Starting annual salary of £24,490.30 per annum plus £2,700.10 per annum London Allowance
  • Yearly incremental pay progression.
  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • Competitive staff pension
  • Various salary sacrifice schemes and retail discounts.

We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves and welcome applications from everyone. You must have both the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been permanently resident in the UK for at least the previous three years. Any cautions or convictions including those deemed ‘spent’ must be declared at the point of application but will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

We kindly ask agencies not to send CVs. If CVs are received BTP reserve the right to engage with the candidate directly and without a fee being paid under any circumstances.

This opportunity is closed to applications.