Roads Policing Constable

Job Family Community Policing
Job Sub Family Roads Policing
Code COM-ROAD-SD- Roads Policing Constable V1.0

Role Purpose

The Roads Policing Constable prevents loss of life and injury on the roads by preventing, investigating and prosecuting offences through intelligence led policing.

Key Accountabilities

  • Attend and conduct the primary investigation of road related incidents within legislation, appropriate procedures and College of Policing Guidance, to develop initial lines of enquiry.
  • Deliver education initiatives to promote the safe use of roads by the community and reduce road casualties.
  • Provide a visible presence on the roads by carrying out designated and proactive patrols and using intelligence and/or ANPR information to deter crime, reassure the community, and reduce fear of crime.
  • Control the scene of road incidents, including those which may be of fatal, serious and life altering, in line with JESIP principles, to support a safe working environment and to preserve evidence and life.
  • Drive and ride police patrol vehicles to the appropriate level to support the policing of roads.
  • Use specialist driving skills and pre-emptive methods, to provide tactical resolution for vehicles that are failing to stop.
  • Provide expertise on drink drug driving legislation to support road safety, investigation and prosecution.
  • Interview, support and engage with victims, witnesses and suspects, in relation to appropriate crimes, to gather information that has the potential to support law enforcement objectives.
  • Promote the free flow of vehicles on the road network and strategic road network.
  • Search individuals and vehicles to enable the gathering and sharing of information, and supporting evidence-based preventative policing.


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:

  • Advanced driver and Tactical Pursuits and Containment (TPAC) training.
  • Completed relevant training in Roads Policing law and procedure.
  • Must hold a full and valid UK driving licence with any DVLA endorsements highlighted to the Head of Driving Risk.
  • Experience of attending incidents and problem solving, particularly in difficult circumstances.
  • Experience in responding to incidents, including major and critical incidents
  • Experience of applying the National Decision Model in response to major and critical incidents



  • Strong communication skills with the ability to present and set out logical arguments clearly and adapt language, form and message to meet the needs of different people / audiences.
  • Good team working skills demonstrating awareness of individual differences and providing support as required.
  • Able to proactively develop effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and other stakeholders, understanding their needs and concerns.
  • Skilled in applying specialised driving skills to provide appropriate response to vehicle incidents.
  • Problem solving skills with the ability to identify cause and effect and develop a course of action designed to target root causes as well as manage impacts.
  • Able to interpret and apply guidance to a specific activity.
  • Able to critically question and identify potential opportunities to enhance efficiency and/or effectiveness within own area of work.
  • Able to identify, analyse and manage risk to inform balanced, proportionate, evidence based decisions.
  • Able to review and reflect on own performance objectively and to develop and follow an appropriate improvement plan.
  • Good time management skills with the ability to appropriately prioritise and plan own work.
  • Skilled in applying personal safety tactics, including the use of equipment and restraints.
  • Skilled in the use of standard and specialist IT software and equipment to fulfil role requirements.
  • Able to develop and maintain professional resilience in dealing with complex and challenging situations.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Maintain an up to date understanding of Police Regulations and College of Policing Guidance, best practice and any local policy applicable to the operational police context.
  • Maintain and update key knowledge, understanding and skills relating to criminology, legislation, policy and practice across all functional policing areas of operational policing.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of new approaches identified by evidence based policing research and problem solving, test and synthesise these into working practice, championing innovation and changes to practice.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and understanding of new and evolving crime threats and priorities and current best practice to tackle these in order to enable a pro-active and preventative approach.
  • Maintain personal resilience through understanding the health and wellbeing of yourself and others.
  • Identify and share ways to enable continuous and public-focused improvement to the service.
  • Complete all annual and mandatory training.
  • Maintain competence relating to stopping, searching and seizing vehicles.
  • Maintain competence related to police driving standards and specialist driving functions.
  • Maintain awareness of the risks and safety requirements when operating on the strategic road network and other roads.
  • Maintain competence in relation to police pursuits, and their management where necessary.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of vehicle technology and enforcement devices.
  • Maintain competence in respect of Hollow Spike Tyre Deflation Systems (HoSTyDS).
  • Join relevant roads policing POLKA communities and engage in appropriate professional discussions.
  • Keep up to date with Authorised Professional Practice relevant to your core duties.
  • Maintain competence in managing the media, including the use of social media.

Professional Registration/Licenses

Not applicable.

Links to other Profiles

  • Police Constable
  • NPoCC Mercury profile: Roads Policing Unit Constable 335 v2
  • Roads Policing Sergeant



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