Birmingham City Council

Enforcement Officer

4 days left

02 Aug 2022
17 Aug 2022
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Enforcement Officer


GR4 £28,226 - £35,336

Working 36.50 Hours Per Week

Under the general direction of the appropriate Operations Manager to conduct criminal investigations; respond to requests for assistance; carry out compliance inspections at business premises; and undertake enforcement of statutory provisions in accordance with delegated powers, aimed at protecting and improving the environment and tackling environmental crime. 

Environmental crimes matter to Birmingham’s residents, businesses and visitors. Clean-up and enforcement of fly-tipping costs over a million pounds a year, but private landowners and the legitimate waste disposal sector are also affected. We are increasing the capacity and capabilities of our specialist Waste Enforcement Unit (WEU). This unit is responsible for pro-actively tackling fly-tipping, commercial trade waste offending and other environmental crime. Our aim is to identify, disrupt and deter those involved in environmental crime and to support the councils wider cleaner streets initiatives. We are seeking a number of enthusiastic and suitably skilled officers to join us. You will be involved in conducting investigations, carrying out inspections and progressing enforcement sanctions. We are particularly looking for applicants with law enforcement, regulatory law or intelligence backgrounds, or potentially relevant specialist sector-based knowledge or qualifications.

The role is investigation led with enforcement primarily focussed on fly-tipping and business waste non-compliance offences. You will be involved in investigating larger-scale commercial offences as well as small-scale offences. This will involve the use of a range of intelligence sources, street-based enquiries, interviewing suspects, taking statements from witnesses and using enforcement tools, including statutory notices, fixed penalty notices and preparing evidential files for court. You will ensure all disclosure obligations are met and may be required to present evidence in court.

The role is a permanent, full-time position (36.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday) and based on the council’s flexible working scheme. Consideration may be given to internal candidates wishing to undertake the role on a secondment basis. Most activities are undertaken within normal office hours but some out-of-hours working will be required for certain operational tasks, including seizing vehicles, directed surveillance or conducting witness interviews. The WEU has an operational base (Edgbaston/B16 postcode area) but travel to other council offices may sometimes be necessary. Subject to COVID-19 and/or operational requirements, opportunities may exist for a mix of home/office working. 

  • Contributing to investigations, producing reports to transfer and share knowledge and expertise within the team and progression of enforcement.
  • Co-ordinating and developing lines of enquiry, gathering evidence and ensuring they are developed, evidence is gathered, and the unused material is managed within the legislative framework.
  • Making appropriate and effective enforcement decisions during investigations and working at pace.
  • Planning and conducting lawful and effective interviews of suspects and witnesses to obtain relevant information.
  • Seizing vehicles suspected of involvement in fly-tipping.
  • Reviewing intelligence material and evidence, including video imagery form directed surveillance operations and assessing its value and carrying out analysis to identify any links that will progress investigations.
  • Liaising with colleagues across the Council, the Police, and neighbouring local authorities to support investigations.
  • Supporting council arrangements to engage and liaise with residents, businesses, and elected representatives. Some attendance at council meetings and other forums may be required.
  • Drafting witness statements in support of investigations and giving evidence in court, as required.
  • Analysing waste handling/transfer records in order to identify relevant information and evidential material and interpreting and analysing these to be able to ‘ask the right questions’ and present findings.
  • Supporting/conducting static or mobile directed surveillance where necessary and authorised within the legislative framework.

Interviews to be conducted week commencing 5th September 2022

For informal enquiries about this role please contact Paul Pritchett on 01213039825

Ref: BCC268

Closing date 12 Noon 

You must upload a Supporting Statement via the miscellaneous attachment on to your application. This is required for shortlisting; you need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Person Specification. If you do not attach your Supporting Statement, your application will not be considered. Please do not attach CVs as we do not accept them.   

It is intended to conduct interviews via the Microsoft Teams platform, which is accessible through standard web browsers.  (Shortlisted applicants must contact us if this is not an option for you).

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, therefore a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service (Basic Check level) will be carried out for the successful candidate during the pre-employment process.

Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed. Non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may need to apply for a visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council for a skilled worker visa (if the job is eligible).

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