Forward Intelligence Team Officer

Job Family Operational Support
Job Sub Family Public Order
Code OPS-PO-SD-Forward Intelligence Team Officer v1.0

Role Purpose

Forward Intelligence Team (FIT) Officers are deployed to spontaneous or pre-planned public order/public safety events as a resource to identify and gather information on groups and individuals and to enable an effective policing response and act, where needed, in a mutual aid capacity.

Key Accountabilities

• Attend pre event briefings to obtain clear understanding of the gold commander’s strategy, the silver commander’s tactical plan and their bronze commander’s deployment plan and to understand their role within it.

• Identify and differentiate individuals and groups who may become involved in or encourage disorder or violence or increase levels of tension and establish dialogue with such individuals or groups, using observation and conversation to gather information and intelligence.

• Seek out and identify areas of risk, including breakaway groups, possible missile caches, and routes and modes of travel of those likely to commit offences, and provide commanders with updates so that resources can be deployed effectively and efficiently.

• Use principles of crowd dynamics and psychology to conduct ongoing assessment and evaluation of threat and risk to public, team and individual safety and to communicate emerging issues to the command team.

• Comply with all applicable national and regional guidelines and legislation to ensure the safe and legal policing of public order events and to produce intelligence reports supported by relevant and suitable audit trails.

• Engage in and contribute to the public order and intelligence debriefing processes to ensure information is effectively transmitted and to contribute to organisational learning.


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:

• Multi Stage Fitness Test (MSFT) standard for patrol officers, which is the endurance standard test at level 5.4.

• Trained to Module 2 – First aid skills police (emergency first aider at work) of the College of Policing First Aid learning programme.

• Officer safety trained as per their individual force policy.

• Public order core themes Module A1 e-learning programme on the Managed Learning Environment (MLE) prior to attending FIT training.

• Successfully complete an assessed nationally approved FIT training course module F1 NPPOTC delivered at a licensed centre.

• Must maintain a portfolio of work by keeping a log of every event they attend.


• Able to set out logical arguments clearly, adapting language, form and message to meet the needs of different people / audiences.

• Able to identify key stakeholders, understand potential roles and to take appropriate steps to understand their needs and concerns.

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

• 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.

• Able to break down a straightforward problem into component parts and determine appropriate action.

• Able to interpret and apply guidance to a specific activity.

• Able to review own performance objectively and to take steps to maintain and enhance competence and professional standards appropriate to the role.

• Good team working skills demonstrating awareness of individual differences and providing support as required.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

• Comply with mandated annual refresher training requirements including but not limited to; First Aid and Officer Safety.

• To remain operationally competent, FIT officers must be deployed in the role at least twice in a 12 month (within 365 days) period.

• Specific FIT refresher training of 1 day every 2 years (within 730 days) is mandatory for FIT officers.

• Keep up to date with changing public order legislation and how this may affect you in your role.

• Maintain working knowledge of protest and issue groups.

• Maintain knowledge of crowd dynamics and crowd psychology based on current guidance and best practice.

• Maintain evidence base for re-accreditation portfolio.

Professional Registration/Licenses

Not applicable.

Links to other Profiles

NPoCC Mercury Profile – Forward Intelligence Team Officer (FIT) 69 v2

NPPOTC Module G3 – Annex K Forward Intelligence Team (Fit) officer role profile

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