Workshop Engineer

Job Description

The South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU) are looking for two Workshop Engineer's keen to progress their careers as part of our Technical Surveillance Unit (TSU).

Are you an electrical engineer with excellent computer skills? Are you able to think outside the box to build and adapt equipment to assist in the fight against organised crime?

We have an opportunity for a Workshop Engineer in our Technical Surveillance Unit (TSU). You will research and evaluate current and emerging technology, liaise with manufacturers and service providers and keeping abreast of advancements in technical surveillance equipment whilst providing operational support to the Regional TSU Technicians and Technical Officers.

You will the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills in aspects of technical surveillance equipment and systems supporting a regional team.

SWROCU is a collaboration of police officers and police staff from the five South West regional forces. We’re part of a national network of nine ROCUs covering England and Wales.

We have more than 20 capabilities that staff and officers work in to Pursue offenders, Protect and Prepare individuals and organisations, and Prevent people from engaging in serious and organised crime.

Our capabilities are here to advise, to assist, or to fully adopt investigations.

We work with local forces and national partners to target and disrupt criminals posing the greatest risk of Serious and Organised Criminality (SOC). This includes offenders involved in cyber threats, economic crime, drug conspiracies, modern slavery and human trafficking, and child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Police Staff in one of our five regional forces can find out more about SWROCU, read case studies and learn more about our capabilities on our dedicated microsite:

We’re looking for committed people with the right skillset – or ambition to develop that skillset – to join us.

You don’t need years of experience to join us; we’ll invest in you.

What we can offer you:

  • Flexible working – with many of our roles we can be flexible regarding working hours and your primary location.
  • Continuous professional development – we encourage and support career growth, giving you the opportunity of a flourishing career.
  • Well-being support – we have many support mechanisms in place to assist in improving your personal health and wellbeing.
  • Other perks include discounts and savings for you and your family on retail, dining out, holidays and theme parks to name just a few.
  • Flexible local government pension scheme.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications required:

  • HND, HNC, NVQ (or recognised BTEC) qualification in electronic engineering and / or have previous technical experience, including an in-depth knowledge of electrical/electronic engineering and video / audio technology.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interact with a range of individuals and groups inside and outside of the force, including external providers of equipment.
  • Understanding how technical equipment can be physically adapted and manipulated.
  • Ability to work autonomously with minimum supervision, providing expert advice and recommendations on the design and deployment of equipment to meet operational requirements.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, with the ability to address and resolve complex technical issues, including researching and designing innovative solutions to meet unusual or unique operational needs and identifying the causes of technical failures or breakdowns.
  • Ability to deal with multiple demands under considerable time pressures which may involve physical demands.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of computer skills and experience of working with a range of bespoke computer packages with the ability to maintain a range of databases and to collate, analyse and interpret a range of complex diagnostic data.
  • Must be prepared to travel and deploy across the South West Region and nationally as required in response to operational demands.

Recruitment and selection:

  • A recruitment webinar will be held on Tuesday, 9th April 2024 at 1:00pm

Hosted by the capability lead or a member of their team, this is an opportunity to find out more about the role, the team you would be part of, and ask any questions.

Please contact, whereby invites will be sent accordingly. Please note that webinars will not be recorded.

  • The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 22nd April at 23.55
  • Shortlisting will take place week commencing Monday, 22nd April 2024
  • Online assessments will be held week commencing Monday, 29th April 2024
  • In person assessments will be held week commencing Monday, 13th May 2024
  • Interviews will be held week commencing Monday, 3rd June 2024

How to apply:

All applications are processed through the Avon and Somerset Constabulary online candidate portal.

Contact for further information.

If you reach the assessment / interview stage of a process and become a reserve applicant, we would like to retain your application. This will be pending further vacancies arising for the same role in a 12-month period. By giving your consent this does not prevent you from applying for any other opportunities.

Additional Information

Vetting and safeguarding

This post is subject to a higher security clearance at MV and SC – Management Vetting and Security Clearance Level.

To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a five-year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last five years.

In accordance with the National Vetting Policy, SWROCU are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.

Police Barred and Advisory lists

Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of five years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or three years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

SWROCU is working hard to increase diversity and inclusion where communities are currently under-represented including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions, gender, LGBTQ+ communities and those from disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve. All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.

Flexible and Part Time Working

All requests for flexible working patterns and part-time working will be considered and be dependent on the role, this includes job shares and part-time hours.

Travel to Work Protocol    

This is an incentive whereby staff working for SWROCU may be able to claim compensation for travelling to work if they meet a set criteria.  

For more information, please refer to a copy of the protocol attached. Should you have any questions please make contact with

If you are interested to find our more information about this post, please email us at:

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