Team: Community Safety
Job Family: Directing - CBG8
Salary: £24,920 - £27,661 per annum
Hours: Average 37 hours per week - Please note that you’ll work a shift pattern: alternate Tuesday to Friday and Monday to Saturday working weeks with a mixture of day shifts and late shifts between 8am and 10pm.
Location: Thorn Turn Depot, Houghton Regis.
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: This is a rolling advert
Interview Date: Applications will be considered on receipt. The interviews will be undertaken virtually via Microsoft Teams
Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.
As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.
This is a great time to join us on our journey.
About the role:
Are you enthusiastic about improving the lives of Central Bedfordshire residents? Do you have the ability and skills to patrol our communities to collectively make a real difference to enhancing community safety? Do you want to be part of a new and exciting community safety initiative? If so, find your greatness by joining us as a Safer Neighbourhood Officer.
The Community Safety Service works in, and with, our local communities to tackle a wide range of often complex community safety issues, helping reduce crime and disorder and the fear of crime, and making people feel safer. Working together with our partners and communities you will make a key contribution to making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.
As a Safer Neighbourhood Officer, you will play a critical role representing the Council in providing a visible patrol presence with delegated police powers, working across Central Bedfordshire. You will be part of a team patrolling our communities, listening and responding to residents’ concerns and resolving them where possible by engagement and giving advice. You will act as a visible point of contact in communities, providing reassurance, and signposting to relevant services provided by the Council or other organisations. You will investigate reported offences and complaints and take appropriate action in line with Council procedure and statutory duties. Where necessary you will use enforcement powers including the issue of Fixed Penalty Notices and Penalty Charge Notices, or serve other legal notices.
You may have a community safety background or have experience of working in an enforcement role. Whatever your background, you must have excellent communication skills, a customer focused approach, and be able to build collaborative working relationships with wider community safety partners. You’ll also have strong observational skills, be an effective problem-solver, and be able to work independently or as part of a team. Calm and collected, able to make decisions under pressure, with a Level 3 educational or professional qualification or extensive relevant experience, you’ll be IT-literate and able to multi-task.
All candidates will be subject to a DBS check.
All candidates will be strongly advised to undertake Non-Police Personnel Vetting. However, completion of your probation period will not be subject to this being passed.
Applicants must have a full clean Manual UK driving licence – the role will involve driving a CBC car daily.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment centre to look at how you perform in a variety of exercises. We will assess what you do and how you do it using trained assessors. We will use information from all the exercises to determine whether you have met the standard requirement of a Safer Neighbourhood Officer. The centre comprises of the following activities:
• Structured interview
• Observation and written exercise
What we can offer you
As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including:
- Generous family friendly policies and practices
- A supportive and inclusive environment that values and celebrates differences
- Staff network and support groups
- Annual leave allowance 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service.
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance: click here
- An Employee Assistance Programme offering support to all employees through workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues
- Training and Learning offer – we have access to hundreds of courses and role specific training is also available
- Access to discounts from local and national retailers
Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.
To assess your suitability for the role, you must demonstrate how you meet the key outcomes, accountabilities and competencies. To do this, you’ll need to refer to the Family Profile, Role Profile and Competency Framework which can be found in the Recruitment Pack: Safer Neighbourhood Officer
For an informal discussion about this position, please contact either: Awais Younis at Awais.email@example.com or on 0300 300 4336 or Ollie Kitchener at Ollie.firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0300 300 5202.
For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The recruitment team at email@example.com
Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the police’s Non-Police Personnel Vetting procedure.
Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce to better reflect the communities we serve. Therefore we welcome applications from everyone. In addition we are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.
To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline.
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