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Criminal Investigations Officer
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

At A Glance

Job Reference: DF-POJ-210521-01

Salary: £29,024

Benefits: N/A

Location: Wilmslow

Role/Type: Permanent/Full Time

Required Skills/Qualifications: N/A

The responsibility of the Criminal Investigations Officer is to investigate cases forwarded to Investigations for criminal investigation under the Data Protection Act (DPA), Freedom of Information Act (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). The investigation of breaches of information and enforcement notices, and to provide assistance with the investigation of cases forwarded for consideration of enforcement action under the provisions of the legislation.

We are looking for an individual who has experience of criminal investigations and who can deliver quality and timely investigations. We require someone who has a good understanding of the Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act (CPIA), the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, Human Rights Act, the Investigatory Powers Act and the Victims Code. Preferably we are looking for someone who has recent experience of conducting criminal interviews.

You will act as primary or supporting investigating officer, under the direction of the Criminal Investigations Team Manager, by managing a caseload of investigations making decisions about priorities, ensuring that each investigation is of sufficient depth to obtain all necessary evidence.

You will be responsible for ensuring that criminal investigations are completed in a timely and effective manner and in accordance with the legislative framework in which criminal investigations are conducted. This includes but is not limited to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, Human Rights Act, Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and the Victims Code.

You will ensure that the weight, value and relevance of evidence available are considered at the start and throughout an investigation, involving the legal team where appropriate at an early stage in investigations.

Throughout the investigation process, you will provide good customer service to all parties, managing expectations sensitively and communicating clearly, regularly and at an appropriate level, in writing, face to face and over the telephone.

You will submit telecommunications and directed surveillance applications, where applicable, for the attention of the Director of Investigations and/or the Head of Investigations in accordance with ICO policy, procedure and the law.

You will be responsible for making applications for search warrants to the court under the direction of the Criminal Investigations Team Manager, and ensure that searches of premises are conducted thoroughly and safely.

You will be expected to develop and maintain relationships with any relevant internal/external stakeholders as appropriate.

You may be required to attend Court and Tribunals and give evidence on behalf of the Commissioner.

To apply

Visit to complete an online application form.

Closing Date 

Applications must be submitted 23:59, Wednesday 9 June 2021

Why work for the Information Commissioner's Office?

We are proud to provide our people with a premium benefits package. We are continually improving the rewards we offer. Here are a few of the valuable rewards that you will enjoy:

  • Flexible working hours, including flexi leave.
  • Civil Service Pension arrangements.
  • 25 days' paid holiday a year with options to buy, sell, and bank days.
  • Extra "privilege" days in addition to normal public holidays.
  • Compressed working hours options.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities.
  • Health cash plan.
  • Colleague assistance scheme.
  • Access to many discounted products and services.
  • Welfare and family-friendly policies.
  • Staff medical scheme and eyesight testing.

Our employees are currently working remotely in line with government guidelines.

Please note if you are appointed to work with the ICO you will be required to complete security clearance processes. These include identity and qualification checks and a Basic Disclosure level check of unspent criminal convictions. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion 

The ICO is committed to promoting and enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion. We are focused on developing a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve and together we are building an inclusive workplace where all of our colleagues have the opportunity to make a real difference.   

We are championing this through our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Board together with a number of staff networks. To find out more visit our Careers page on 

We welcome and encourage applicants from all members of the community regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, marital status, pregnancy or any other personal circumstances. 

We are dedicated to ensuring our recruitment and selection processes are fair and inclusive and enable everyone to showcase their individual talents. Our HR team are happy to discuss any additional support you may need at any stage and will make reasonable adjustments according to your needs. Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, if they meet the minimum criteria for the role. 

 At the ICO we support a number of flexible working arrangements and we are happy to discuss your personal needs or preferences during the recruitment process.