Intelligence Researcher

C Division
North West Area HQ (Peninsula, Manchester)
Full Time

An Intelligence Researcher is required in BTP’s Dedicated Source Unit for a permanent Full time opportunity paying £27,174.00 per annum, with the British Transport Police (BTP) based at FHQ Crime, Manchester.

BTP is the national police Force for the rail network throughout Great Britain, including London Underground, across which we ensure the safety and security of nearly 3 billion passenger journeys and over 100 million tons of freight every year. The world in which we work is fast-paced, operationally and commercially demanding, and constantly changing.

As an Intelligence Researcher you will undertake research using a wide variety of sources to assess and evaluate information and inform the creation of intelligence products. Your research will help support decision making at a strategic, tactical and/or operational level and the successful applicant will be responsible for all intelligence report evaluations ensuring these remain compliant with legislation.

As Intelligence Researcher you will be required to:

  • Evaluate, sanitise and validate intelligence reports generated or received by BTP and disseminate intelligence to other Forces and to relevant BTP departments where appropriate.
  • Identify intelligence gaps and proactively develop any issues.
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative research to produce intelligence 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.
  • Prepare statements of evidence for court and attend court as a witness if required to assist in the criminal justice process.
  • 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.
  • Maintain awareness of innovation within intelligence to ensure implementation of latest techniques and tactics, best practice and information relevant to the role.
  • Develop, product and disseminate briefings to provide clear and focused information and direction to police officers and staff
  • Support intelligence gathering/collection in the event of ‘Crime in Action’, major incident or in support of the exigencies of the service as direct by supervision
  • Adhere to all legal frameworks, key working principles, policies and guidance relevant to the role


Further information about this vacancy can be found in the attached job description. 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.
  • Experience of or have an understanding of handling and disseminating sensitive intelligence
  • 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.
  • Understanding of the Intelligence Professionalisation Programme (IPP)


If you are interested in applying for this Intelligence Researcher 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:

  • Salary of £27,174.00 per annum
  • Yearly base salary increments
  • Flexible agile working approach
  • Working from home allowance available to purchase suitable equipment for blended & home working
  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Family friendly policies including up to 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave
  • Bespoke benefits platform and access to Blue Light Card
  • Development opportunities including fully funded apprenticeships
  • Employee assistance programme and dedicated wellbeing hub
  • Pension scheme


BTP is an employer who cares about the impact we have on the environment and the wider challenges of climate change, and as such we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) through offsetting by 2035. 

At BTP we are proud guardians of the railway and it is crucial that we represent the diverse communities we serve and protect. As ‘One BTP’ across the UK, we know that diversity, inclusion and belonging help us improve our decision making, foster creativity and drive innovation so all our people can thrive.

Our vacancies are open to everyone and all appointments are made based on merit. So that we can become more diverse we encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, women, people who have a disability, those who are neurodiverse and persons who identify as LGBTQI+. If you have the skills, experience and values that here in BTP we pride ourselves on then we would welcome you to apply.

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In order to apply, you must have the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for the previous 5 YEARS. You will be asked these and other questions to determine your eligibility to work for British Transport Police when you start your application and you must answer honestly.

BTP has undertaken a review of Police Staff pensions and as a result of this the Police Staff pension will be changing. The current police staff pension is a Defined Benefit scheme which is administered by the Railways Pension scheme. The new pension scheme which is launching is a Defined Contribution scheme which is administered by Royal London. The new pension scheme is awaiting formal approval and an introductory date is not finalised. The earliest this will be is June 2023. If you have any queries, please contact the recruitment team –


Internal candidates must have completed their probation for their current substantive posting and can only apply in tenure if Head of Department approval is emailed to prior to the vacancy closing. Internal candidates must confirm that they are not subject to formal action plans for sickness/complaints/discipline or poor performance and that all mandatory training courses have been attended and are in ticket/up to date. A minimum indicator of 3 / developing' or' 'Indicator 5 / no rating must have been achieved on the last reporting year PDR.




This opportunity is closed to applications.