The Falkland Islands Government is committed to safeguarding and the Public Protection Police Officer is integral to ensuring the Royal Falkland Islands Police Force’s (RFIP) capacity to provide a timely safeguarding response for children and adults at risk. This role is joint funded and co-located between RFIP and Social Services.
We are looking for a dynamic and committed Public Protection Police Officer to join the team.
If you want to be a part of something that can make a real difference to the community it serves, come join our team working with professionals from the Police, Social Services and other agencies to help create an environment committed to best safeguarding practices and principles.
This role will be part of a multi-agency safeguarding team and will be based at both the Social Services Office and the Police Station. In this key position you will provide public protection response within the multi-agency safeguarding team to ensure an appropriate police response, lawful information sharing and referral to other agencies is provided in order to review and supervise the risk in relation to safeguarding vulnerable individuals. This role will also take the lead in offender management and also develop and implement continuous improvement, quality assurance and best practice across the Hub to enhance service delivery whilst ensuring all standards are met minimising risk to the force.
We are seeking a dedicated police officer who has specialist knowledge in Public Protection and Safeguarding who will take the lead in both the development and provision of services relating to protecting the public.
The successful candidate will hold the rank of at least Detective Constable and must:
- be up to date and hold a recognised qualification in Achieving Best Evidence.
- have excellent written and verbal communication skills including presenting reports and evidence in court.
- be able to build positive professional relationships within RFIP, social services, other departments and the community we serve.
- have a comprehensive understanding of the roles of different agencies and how they work together.
- have the ability to collect and analyse complex information from multiple sources.
- have an understanding of the impact of trauma and how to work with people suffering from the effects of traumatic events.
- Fixed Term Contract, up to 4 years.
- Competitive Salary – Grade D1 £32,461 - £37,425 per annum.
- Eligibility for a 25% (taxable) Gratuity.
- 30 days paid annual leave.
- Relocation Allowance, to help with moving costs.
- Flights Package for you and any recognised dependents residing with you at post both at the beginning and end of contract, along with additional annual return flights contingent on the duration of the contract.
- Government Housing for rent and a starter pack to help you settle in.
- A stimulating and supportive setting to work in and a unique and beautiful setting to live in.
How to Apply
Interested candidates can download the job description and view further information from the bottom of this page
For further information regarding the position please contact Barry Thacker, by emailing email@example.com or by calling: +500 28100.
To apply, please complete our online application form from our vacancy page www.jobs.gov.fk, by clicking on 'Apply Now' and completing the form.
Timetable for Recruitment and Selection Process
Closing Date for Applications: 8/3/2024
Shortlisting commencing: 11/3/2024
Interviews commencing: 18/3/2024
Falkland Islands Government (FIG)
The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government.
As the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities, across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – taxation, legislation and policy, as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health and social services, and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service, FIGAS.
For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government, take a look at our recruitment microsite: www.jobs.gov.fk
The Falkland Islands
Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8,000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life, benefiting from good local services, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams!
The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins, all seen from the shore.
For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.
Interview with the current PPO
Having served 30 years in the police service in the UK, Helen moved to the Falkland Islands in 2019 to become the first Public Protection Officer (PPO). This was an innovative new role that has no easily understood UK equivalent. Our PPO is a detective constable that sits between the Royal Falkland Islands Police (RFIP) and Social Services with responsibility for Safeguarding (adults and children). Whereas UK forces have specialist teams that perform various elements of the safeguarding functions, the PPO for the Falkland Islands is responsible for all aspects of safeguarding including screening referrals, attending strategy meetings and conferences, undertaking Achieving Best Evidence interviews, offender interviews, training police colleagues in safeguarding and undertaking community events to raise awareness of safeguarding issues, overseeing the sexual offender register and working closely with Probation to manage offenders in the community. Having performed this role for 5 years, Helen is returning to her family in England, and has taken some time to reflect on the role with Nikki Murphy, Head of Social Services to help us to recruit an officer to take her place to ensure we continue to provide an excellent service to the community of the Falkland Islands.
We are looking for a new Public Protection Police Officer to lead on safeguarding in the Falkland Islands
Having served 30 years in the police service in the UK, Helen moved to the Falkland Islands in 2019 to become the first Public Protection Officer (PPO). This was an innovative new role that has no easily understood UK equivalent. Our PPO is a detective constable that sits between the Royal Falkland Islands Police (RFIP) and Social Services with responsibility for Safeguarding (adults and children). Whereas UK forces have specialist teams that perform various elements of the safeguarding functions, the PPO for the Falkland Islands is responsible for all aspects of safeguarding including screening referrals, attending strategy meetings and conferences, undertaking Achieving Best Evidence interviews, offender interviews, training police colleagues in safeguarding and undertaking community events to raise awareness of safeguarding issues, overseeing day-to-day management of registered sex offenders and working closely with Probation to manage offenders in the community. Having performed this role for 5 years, Helen is returning to her family in England, and has taken some time to reflect on the role with Nikki Murphy, Head of Social Services to help us to recruit an officer to take her place to ensure we continue to provide an excellent service to the community of the Falkland Islands.
Helen’s Reflections on the PPO Role
Q: How would you describe the role of PPO?
Crucial, pivotal, varied!
I don’t think there is anything comparable in UK policing, it isn’t pigeon-holed in the way work is in the UK. It is so varied and vital. It is a pivotal link between the police and social services. You self-generate a lot of your work, and have the freedom to undertake preventative work. You are trusted to provide advice at all levels on public protection.
Working as the Public Protection Officer for the Royal Falkland Islands Police has been one of the most rewarding, interesting and exciting adventures of my life.
I work as part of a small multi-agency set-up providing world class safeguarding to the residents of this diverse and remote islands community.
The best aspect of working in such a small community is that you can actually see the results. You will be kept busy here – and it is really rewarding.
You’ll be supported to undertake safeguarding projects and there’s always time to interact with people and time to make a difference.
I want to ensure that this crucial police post is filled by the right person. Safeguarding has to be your number one priority.
The Best Bits:
Working in an environment where there are good working relationships and excellent lines of communication with other departments, is invaluable. The Multi-agency team works well together. There are appropriate professional differences, but everyone is focussed on achieving the best outcome for the child or adult at the heart of the matter.
It has been refreshing to undertake a professional role with more freedom and less bureaucracy.
You get to do things you wouldn’t get to do elsewhere. I have found myself in random situations that are bizarre yet so interesting. For example, stopping traffic because of amorous sealions on the main street or standing on a beach in the middle of the night guarding a mine that had swept ashore. The variety of jobs here is incredible and never dull. Being part of the Overseas Territories community is really fascinating.
Out of work, the best bits have been the wildlife, the scenery, and the space. There is a sense of community and adventure. The people that you meet here are so interesting, many with outrageous backstories – it’s fascinating!
Q: What about day-to-day life?
You get comfortable fully-furnished accommodation provided for an affordable rent. There is no travelling to work so there is a better work-life balance.
The cost of living here is different. There is more of a value placed on experiences than material items, so the cost of living isn’t prohibitive and quality of life is great. Food and internet are expensive but there is no expenditure on incidentals (car parks, travel to work, etc) so your money goes on a long way. There is a lot to do, getting out in nature, eating out, cinema, bowling, sports, crafts etc. These things are really affordable (or free).
Q: What have been your proudest achievements?
These are all group efforts, because we work so closely with the other agencies, but I am proudest of my role in:
- Setting up a referral system for safeguarding
- Establishing a formal Sex offender register and developing a formal process to manage it
- Setting up the processes for the Child Protection Register
- Developing and delivering Child Sexual Exploitation training to over 750 people
- Having the opportunity to represent the Royal Falkland Islands Police at the Coronation
- Attending a safeguarding conference on Turks and Caicos
Last words from Helen:
If you are looking for an exciting challenge in a unique, remote part of the world, with spectacular wildlife, stunning scenery, and wonderful people - then get applying!
As you will be able to tell, we are passionate about this role and determined to find the right person to carry on Helen’s good work in providing our community with the very best safeguarding service.
If you feel you have the relevant skills and experiences and you are up for this adventure, we would love to hear from you. Helen would also be happy to speak with anyone wanting to find out more.
Nikki Murphy Barry Thacker
Head of Social Services Acting Chief of Police
Falkland Islands Government Royal Falkland Islands Police
How to apply
If you are already based in the Falkland Islands, you may choose to submit your application in person at Cable Cottage, Stanley, Falkland Islands. FIQQ 1ZZ.
All overseas candidates should complete our online application form, providing as much detail as possible about your relevant employment history, education , skills and experience to allow us to assess your suitability for the role.