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What you could be doing | East Midlands Special Operations Unit


East Midlands Special Operations Unit

One of the largest collaborative units of its kind in the country, with over 1,000 employees, the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) delivers specialist capabilities on behalf of the five East Midlands police forces - Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

Recently shortlisted for a World Class Policing award, EMSOU is an exciting place to work, where no two days are the same, where there is a variety of police officer, specialist and police staff roles across the department. Relevant specialist training is given to each and every one of its staff and expertise lies in six distinct areas.

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Our East Midlands Special Operations Unit teams


Counter Terrorism Policing tackles the threat posed to the East Midlands by terrorism and domestic extremism through intelligence gathering and investigation, the monitoring of ports and borders, providing security advice for national infrastructure, hazardous sites and crowded places, and preventing vulnerable people from being radicalised. The unit is also part of the national Counter Terrorism Policing Network.

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The focus here is on intelligence gathering and the disruption and investigation of serious and organised criminals. The team’s services include covert tactics, digital forensics, and criminal finance and asset recovery in support of investigations into people, drugs and firearms trafficking, cybercrime, fraud and money laundering, as well as prison corruption. They also coordinate the region’s response to modern slavery and human trafficking and ‘county lines.’

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The Major Crime Team Investigates cases of suspicious death, including murder and manslaughter inquiries, as well as serious and complex crime. By the very nature of the crimes investigated, most cases taken on by the Major Crime Team are high-profile, routinely attracting attention from the media and ultimately shining a spotlight on policing in the East Midlands region.

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This team carries out crime scene investigations, and the subsequent range of forensic analysis and evidence handling required as part of the investigation process.

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The team here supports all five forces in aspects relating to employment law, court and discipline, inquests and inquiries, civil litigation, commercial law and conveyancing.

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This team undertakes independent reviews of serious and major crime inquiries, where appropriate, and tries to find new investigative opportunities in undetected ‘cold’ cases.

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Meet some of the team

Jonnathan Marshall, Central Services Manager – Technical Services

I’d always wanted to work for the force, and studying Forensics offered me a route in. That said, I worked in the private sector for around 10 years before joining Derbyshire Constabulary. I’d heard about the ground breaking regional collaboration within the Police Service and how their core forensic services would rival anything in the private sector. I had to apply! I’ve been here 5 years now. 

The attitude of my colleagues can’t be faulted. Everyone wants to provide the very best and my peers have offered me constant support and helped me to develop. The Constabulary’s very progressive as an employer too, particularly in terms of diversity & equality and health and wellbeing. It’s genuinely a great place to work.

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Meet some of the team

Andrew Price, Director of Technical Services for EMSOU

I joined Derbyshire Constabulary back in 1993 on a five year apprenticeship as a Fingerprint Trainee. Back then it was viewed as a job for life. I saw it as an opportunity to learn while being paid - but also thought it sounded exciting and a worthwhile career. I’m still here 26 years later, so my initial impression must have been right! What I love about working here is that we’re always innovative and willing to look ahead. We’re also a brand leader in our field. The force has always been very supportive of me and my career and the people are great. It really does feel like a family.

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Meet some of the team

Jenny Rowland, Business Intelligence Analyst

I started out as a Forensic Intelligence Analyst back in 2003, when advances in DNA were in their infancy. I didn't envisage this being such an enriching career, but it is! I’ve had five different roles so far.

During my time here, I’ve set up a system for receiving forensic identities, worked on operations covering baby kidnap, child sexual exploitation and modern slavery and led on topics like Stop and Search, Hate Crime and Persons Susceptible to Harm.

The force has a real family feel about it and is fully supportive in terms of training and development. Accordingly, I’ve gain invaluable knowledge in a variety of specialist areas.

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Investing in your development

We know that to protect and support our community effectively we need to keep up-to-date with new approaches, processes and technologies. This means that there will always be opportunities for training and professional development. We’ll continuously review your training needs and help succeed in your role. We’ll challenge you to work outside your comfort zone. And we’ll encourage you to grow. 

As well as professional training and a range of in-house training opportunities, you can also look forward to plenty of personal support. This might be from your colleagues in the team, new opportunities that become available or through membership of one of our many staff associations.

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