Job Family Investigation
Job Sub Family Major Incident Room
Code INV-MIR-SD-Reader v1.0

Role Purpose

The Reader is a document reader who reads all documentation in detail to correctly mark it up for indexing.

Key Accountabilities

  • Read and assess documents in order to mark-up content for indexing and to indicate appropriate index records or documentary associations.


  • Forward all marked up documents to the index section, ensuring that their status has been updated, to maintain accurate records.


  • Provide explicit instructions to raise and assess the priority of an appropriate action in order to support lines of enquiry.


  • Record a summary of the document to support list management, file preparation and disclosure.


All roles are expected to know, understand and act within the ethics and values of the Police Service.

The Competency and Values Framework (CVF) has six competencies that are clustered into three groups. Under each competency are three levels that show what behaviours will look like in practice.

It is suggested that this role should be operating or working towards the following levels of the CVF:

Resolute, compassionate and committed

Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership

Intelligent, creative and informed policing

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Prior education and experience:

  • Experience of the investigative process and conducting investigations.


  • PIP 2 accredited.


  • Experience of Major Incident Room procedures and roles.


  • Good communication skills with the ability to listen, empathise, provide support and adapt language, form, and message to meet the needs of different people and audiences.


  • Skilled in the use of specialist IT packages, systems and/or databases to fulfil role requirements.


  • Able to break down a complex problem into component parts and determine appropriate action in investigations.


  • Ability to work effectively in a team to achieve shared objectives, demonstrating awareness of individual differences and providing support and advice as required.


  • Able to review own performance objectively and to develop and follow an appropriate improvement plan.


  • Able to appropriately prioritise and plan own work.


  • Able to proactively develop effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and other stakeholders.


  • Able to produce clear and concise reports and other documents within best practice procedures.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Maintain knowledge of local and national guidance and legislation relating to the role.


  • Maintain knowledge of the investigative process and any changes to local and national guidance and legislation relating to investigation.


  • Identify and share good practice relating to local and national context.


  • Maintain knowledge of the Major Incident Room Standardised Administration Procedures (MIRSAP).


  • Keep up-to-date with changes and updates to the HOLMES2 system

Professional Registration/Licenses

Not applicable

Links to other Profiles

  • Office Manager
  • HOLMES Manager
  • Indexing Supervisor
  • Indexer
  • Exhibits Officer
  • Disclosure Officer
  • Analyst (MIR)
  • Receiver
  • Action Manager
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