Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor

Job Family Community Policing
Job Sub Family Crime Reduction
Code COM-CRED-SD-Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor V1.0

Role Purpose

To provide information, advice and guidance on structured problem solving and the delivery of effective crime prevention initiatives; to support the achievement of force objectives to minimise crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide direct support to crime reduction plan owners, to guide and assist them in the application of Scanning, Assessment, Response and Evaluation (SARA) and related problem-solving tools, to support the development and delivery of crime prevention initiatives.
  • Carry out research in the Scanning, Analysis and Research phases of SARA, providing information in appropriate formats, to enable crime reduction plan owners to identify and prioritise issues, identify underlying causes, and to develop appropriate interventions.
  • Provide data to quantify the benefits of crime reduction activities and inform force reporting on performance against its Key Performance Indicators.
  • Represent the force at external meetings, conferences and events to present and explain relevant crime prevention initiatives and to identify information from other organisations that may contribute to force effectiveness in preventing crime.
  • Deliver presentations and training within the force to raise awareness of problem solving tools, crime prevention processes and procedures, and lessons learned; to promote the adoption of best practices.
  • Liaise with colleagues within the force and beyond to share lessons learned and best practices.


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:                           

  • Educated to GCSE level, including English and Maths at grade A to C.
  • Thorough practical understanding of SARA.
  • Knowledge and practical understanding of the National Crime Prevention Strategy.
  • Knowledge and practical understanding of the Crime and Disorder act 1998.
  • Experience of administrative work in a team environment



  • Able to set out logical arguments clearly, adapting language, form and message to meet the needs of different people / audiences.
  • Able to proactively develop effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Able to breakdown a straightforward problem into component parts and determine appropriate action
  • Able to interpret and apply guidance to a specific activity
  • Able to appropriately prioritise and plan own work.
  • Able to produce concise reports or other documents.
  • Skilled in the use of standard IT packages, systems and/or databases to fulfil role requirements
  • Able to use resources efficiently in own role and to comply with financial rules and procedures.
  • Able to identify potential opportunities to enhance efficiency and/or effectiveness within own area of work.
  • Good team working skills demonstrating awareness of individual differences and providing support as required.
  • Able to review own performance objectively and to develop and follow an appropriate improvement plan.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Keep up to date with information and intelligence relevant to problem solving and preventive policing
  • Review current advice in circulation, in support of force crime prevention and community safety objectives.

Professional Registration/Licenses

Not applicable.

Links to other Profiles

  • Designing Out Crime Officer
  • Crime Prevention Manager
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