Intelligence Developer

Intelligence Developers conduct initial invesitigtive work in the field and fill Intelligence gaps.

Role Profile

Intelligence Developers support the Intelligence process by conducting initial investigative activity. Intelligence Developers develop, plan and pursue a course of action in line with the operational/ strategic objectives of an Operation, seeking and collating overt and covert intelligence in order to build a comprehensive picture of the criminality or corruption.  Activity conducted may consist of speaking to victims, conducting surveillance and managing collaboration with other Law Enforcement Agencies and organisations. ​In the Police, Field Intelligence Officer is another name for this role.

Standard Responsibilities

​​The main responsibilities for an Intelligence Developer include:

  • Undertaking liaison with specialist law enforcement and government agencies and private organisations.

  • Ensuring the outcomes from intelligence led activity are in line with tactical and strategic operational objectives.

  • Seeking and collating overt and covert intelligence from human sources, as well as handling these sources.

  • Managing risks associated with covert intelligence, corruption, conduct and complaint matters.

  • Working closely with external partners in the development of intelligence.

  • Conducting surveillance on suspects. 

  • Ensuring all decisions made are rationalised against threat, harm and risk.

Required Skills

​​The main responsibilities for an Intelligence Developer include:

  • Undertaking liaison with specialist law enforcement and government agencies and private organisations.

  • Ensuring the outcomes from intelligence led activity are in line with tactical and strategic operational objectives.

  • Seeking and collating overt and covert intelligence from human sources, as well as handling these sources.

  • Managing risks associated with covert intelligence, corruption, conduct and complaint matters.

  • Working closely with external partners in the development of intelligence.

  • Conducting surveillance on suspects. 

  • Ensuring all decisions made are rationalised against threat, harm and risk.

Education Requirements

A degree is often not required for Intelligence Develops, instead, Developers are generally required to have Investigiatve training like the College of Policing's Professionalising Investigations Programme. Previous experience as a Police Officer is generally favoured over any educational qualifications.

Salary Expectations

The salary of an Intelligence Developer is varied. Intelligence Developers will generally be paid somewhere between Intelligence Officers and Intelligence Analysts and will often be paid the equivalent to a Polcie Officer role given many Developers have previously held this role.

Below you can see a range of current standard starting salaries for an Intelligence Officer:

  • Police: £22,000 - £30,000

  • Private Sector: £28,000 - £45,000

Personal Development

Intelligence professionals are offered Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities through a number of channels.

Some of these offerings include:

  • Intelligence courses, including the Intelligence Proffesionatioant Programme (IPP). 

  • Investigiative courses, including the Professionalising Investigations Programme (PIP) and surveillance training.

  • Briefings, both internal and from partner organisations.

  • Presentations

  • Conferences

  • Shadowing colleagues

  • Secondments to other teams and organisations.

  • e-learning training, such as Intelligence with Steve.

  • One-to-one mentoring, from more experienced team colleagues or line managers.

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