Intelligence Supervisor

Job Family Intelligence
Job Sub Family Intelligence
Code INT-INT-TL-Intelligence Supervisor – v1.1

Role Purpose

To supervise a team of intelligence officers to gather, develop and disseminate intelligence in support of local and national crime investigations in line with strategic policing requirements and specified priorities.

Key Accountabilities

  • Supervise an intelligence team, conducting regular appraisals in line with organisational requirements, and offering advice and support for the development of team members.
  • Ensure intelligence products meet national and local intelligence standards enabling the drive for continuous improvement.
  • Maintain awareness of innovation within intelligence to ensure implementation of latest techniques and tactics, best practice, and information relevant to the role.
  • Enable collaboration with colleagues in partner agencies to share data and intelligence to facilitate cross-sector working practices.
  • Provide specialist advice and guidance to decision makers to aid in the achievement of the operational outcomes.
  • Supervise and/or undertake intelligence gathering work that might be required within the intelligence unit to support and develop the specialist capabilities of the intelligence team and any investigative objectives.


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:

  • College of Policing Intelligence Professionalisation Programme (IPP) Qualification (to complete within 12 months of appointment), and continued IPP compliance.
  • Experience of leading diverse teams.
  • An understanding of Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and Management of Police Information (MoPI) and other relevant legislation.


  • Highly advanced research, intelligence gathering and analytical skills to interpret complex data.
  • Ability to maintain the highest levels of integrity, discretion and confidentiality.
  • Ability to quality assure intelligence products and negotiate with and influence senior managers based on data and analytical outcomes.
  • Able to set out logical arguments clearly, adapting language, form and message to meet the needs of different people / audiences.
  • Skilled in using specialised software related to own area of work to extract, analyse and report on data.
  • Able to manage the introduction of new analytical techniques or ways of working at team level.
  • Able to review and assess individual and team performance against expected standards, providing objective and effective feedback and ensuring corrective actions are taken where necessary.
  • Able to plan ahead, to allocate work appropriately within the team and to identify and mitigate risks to delivery.
  • Able to identify key stakeholders, understand potential roles and to take appropriate steps to understand their needs and concerns.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD is ongoing; it enables the individual, in collaboration with their organisation, to maintain, develop and gain recognition for existing and new professional skills, knowledge and competence. It is undertaken to ensure we continue to provide high quality policing to keep the public safe and help to drive career aspirations. More information on how to plan CPD can be found here.

Discussion of CPD is usually included as part of a Professional Development Review (PDR). PDR is a tool to support police officers and staff to take ownership of their professional development and plan career progression. More information on how to use a PDR for development can be found here.

This section has three parts:

  1. annual learning/mandatory training/accreditation requirements
  2. signposting to suggested activities and resources for the individual to maintain and enhance competence and professional development in the role, and
  3. any ongoing professional registration and/or licensing requirements of the role)

Annual learning/accreditation requirements
(Outlines mandatory/annual learning or requirements to maintain accreditation in the role. Please note any exemption is at Chief Constable discretion, in line with local force policy.)
There is a minimum CPD requirement for this role which maintains professional competency and IPP certification.

Full details for the requirements can be found on College Learn in the IPP CPD framework document for the Intelligence Support Officer or by speaking to your local IPP lead.

Professional development
In order to keep up to date with new approaches to evidence based policing, and new technological approaches within the intelligence field, the following should be considered:
Keep up to date with relevant national guidance:

  • Secondment to IPP partner agencies
  • Undertaking one of the specialist IPP endorsements.
  • Completion of the mandatory CPD requirements also offers opportunities for developing further skills that can support further progression and development.

Professional Registration/Licenses

IPP Accreditation and Registration
Assessed competence against the relevant professional standards for this function is required to achieve IPP accreditation and registration. Maintenance of this accreditation requires the demonstration of continued competence against professional standards, as well as evidence of CPD, in line with the College’s Model.

Links to other Profiles

Intelligence Officer.
Intelligence Analyst.
Intelligence Support Officer.
Intelligence Researcher.
Intelligence Manager.
Intelligence Senior Analyst.
Head of Intelligence.
Director of Intelligence.

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