Visual Identification and Briefing (VIB) Researcher

All Regions
Albany House
Full Time

British Transport Police (BTP) are recruiting for a Visual Identification and Briefing (VIB) Researcher on a Permanent, full time contract. The role is paying £29,076.18 per annum, plus £3,033.56 London allowance per annum and will be based in BTP Albany House, London.

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. Within the Visual Identification and Briefing team (VIB) you will specialise in using various Policing systems to identify suspects who are captured on CCTV imagery committing high harm offences and completing subsequent research packages to aid investigations. 

As VIB Researcher you will be required to:

  • To manage a workload of cases where suspect CCTV images are available process through various police systems to seek to identify them and/or link that suspect to further offences.
  • To  prepare match reports and research summaries for identified suspects to accurately inform decision making in live investigations.
  • To create and manage briefing material within the Force briefing system

You will also provide resilience for the wider intelligence command as general intelligence researcher where required. As a VIB Researcher you will be required to:

  • To evaluate, sanitise and validate all intelligence reports received by BTP, and create nominal records and other required entities, as outlined in current Force guidance and in line with processes defined within MOPI and NIM.
  • Through evaluation and research, identify intelligence gaps and emerging issues and ensure that these are flagged appropriately for development.
  • Prepare and deliver research summaries and findings, such as presentations and reports, to clearly and accurately inform decision making and/or facilitate analysis.
  • Exercise use of the National Intelligence Model (NIM) and maintain knowledge of relevant legislation (for example, Investigatory Powers Act, Data Protection Act, Management of Police Information). 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 VIB Researcher will be required to evidence the following:

  • 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 (for example: Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, General Data Protection Regulation, Management of Police Information)


If you are interested in applying to this VIB 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 £29,076.18 per annum, plus £3,033.56 London allowance per annum
  • Yearly base salary increments (subject to satisfactory performance in last PDR year)
  • 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+. We use positive action to encourage potential candidates from underrepresented groups through targeted workshops or advice sessions.  If you have the skills, experience and values that here in BTP we pride ourselves on then we would welcome you to apply.

For more information on Positive Action please click here or email the team on

If you have any questions about the application process, please email our friendly and helpful team where we will be happy to help you: If your question related to equality or diversity then you can also contact our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team directly at: To reassure you, anything you ask us will be in the strictest confidence and will not form part of your application.

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 GPP Police Staff Pension Scheme is administered by Royal London and this is a group personal pension plan which is available to all police staff. It’s a defined contribution scheme, offering employees the flexibility to vary their pension contributions from 4.4% to 12% of their salary. For more information, visit the Royal London dedicated pension page or email us at .Please note if you are an existing member of Police Staff in the RPS your pension will not be affected. 

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 rating of 3 (performing) or a rating of U (no rating) must have been achieved on the last reporting year PDR.




This opportunity is closed to applications.