CHIS Authorising Officer

Job Family Intelligence
Job Sub Family Covert operations
Code INT-COV-SL-CHIS Authorising Officer v1.1

Role Purpose

The CHIS Authorising Officer is an officer of at least Superintendent rank or equivalent who holds lead responsibility for operational source management.

Key Accountabilities

• Authorise all appropriate RIPA applications to ensure compliance with RIPA (2000) and CHIS codes of practice in support of priorities and control strategies.

• Oversee, on behalf of the senior authorising officer, the integrity of the reward and benefits associated with the use of CHIS, ensuring the effectiveness of audit arrangements for source activity.

• Ensure operational integrity in order to maintain covert infrastructures and security standards.

• Ensure risk is adequately assessed and managed during the authorisation period in line with the source’s use and conduct, and be responsible for the security and welfare of sources and personnel.

• Provide a point of reference for authorising officers from other agencies to ensure operational effectiveness and security.

• Participate in strategic and tactical tasking and coordination to ensure operational effectiveness and security.


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:

• Typically, a Superintendent will have operational experience at Inspector/Chief Inspector level.

• Met all necessary local and national promotion criteria.


• Able to make operational and business decisions, applying appropriate frameworks, models and risk management processes and anticipating the implications of decisions.

• Able to allocate resources appropriately across the function and utilise commercial acumen to make risk-based decisions that deliver effective outcomes within the available budget.

• Able to apply or devise specialised concepts and methods of analysis (or commission them from others), to clarify and/or solve complex problems.

• Able to identify relevant potential opportunities/threats and assess the impact of events and trends to inform internal planning.

• Able to hold themselves, individuals and the wider team to account for performance and behaviours.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

• Maintain currency of College of Policing Guidance, best practice and any local policy applicable to the operational police context and leading and managing teams.

• Maintain knowledge and understanding of political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors and developments to support and inform a pro-active and preventative approach to policing.

• Maintain and update key knowledge, understanding and skills relating to legislation policy and practice across all functional policing areas of operational responsibility.

• Maintain knowledge and understanding of new approaches to evidence based policing research and analysis synthesise these into working 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.

• Complete all annual and mandatory training.

Professional Registration/Licenses

Not applicable.

Links to other Profiles

Mercury role profile – CHIS Authorising Officer 460 v2

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