1. Overview

What an intelligence analyst does

Intelligence analysts unlock the data that locks criminals away. They spot clues that aren't obvious, make connections between seemingly disparate pieces of information, and turn that information into intelligence that reduces threat, harm and risk. Thanks to them, we're better able to protect over eight million people.

You'll collect, review and interpret a range of information from overt and covert sources, and deliver valuable, influential analysis. In the process, you'll get the kind of exposure and development only the world's leading police service can give you. That includes working on a wide range of complex, high profile cases; responding to critical incidents; liaising with organisations like Interpol and Europol; and benefiting from training that's accredited by the Intelligence Professionalisation Programme. You may also be required to attend court proceedings and give evidence.

Your day-to-day responsibilities

Typically, you will:

  • scan data – whether it's from phone records or CCTV footage, neighbouring police areas or undercover officers, social networks or Automated Number Plate Recognition databases – that equips investigating officers to zero in on criminals
  • exhibit this data in the right way so it stands up in court and secures convictions
  • recommend the best way to tackle a specific threat area, and outline what needs to be done to plug any intelligence gaps
  • capitalise on cutting-edge technology and ever-evolving investigative techniques

The teams you'll work in

You'll carry out this work in one of the following investigative and operational analytical teams:

  • Strategic Analysis Team
    This team helps us understand the current and potential causes of crime and disorder, decide which threats are key, and work out the best ways to tackle them.
  • 24/7 Analysis Team
    This team supports investigations into serious incidents and threats to life with urgent, time-critical analysis. By giving Senior Investigating Officers an immediate and concise snapshot of key events, suspects and victims, it informs decisions and pinpoints lines of enquiry.
  • Intelligence Development
    This team scans, researches, analyses and develops intelligence to identify emerging threats. It covers local to global policing, from neighbourhood to organised international criminality. Its work covers all types of crime – from sex, hate, firearm and knife crime to thefts and even collisions.
  • Intelligence Support
    These teams provide analytical and research support to both local and specialist units with reactive and proactive investigations, and ongoing live operational support. They also investigate high profile, complex cases, that have a national and international reach. Intelligence support analysts are key to investigations with the provision of communications schedules, profiles and various mapping data extract; all being presented within a court environment for the prosecution and conviction of offenders.

Dependant on your background, experience and qualification there is also opportunity to work within the Counter Terrorism Command.

Intelligence analysis is one of the corner stones of the intelligence functions within Counter Terrorism / Domestic Extremism policing. We're keen to recruit individuals who can assist us in identifying, assessing and responding to a fast-paced evolving terrorist threat. We have analysts focused on supporting:

  • CT investigations
  • Handling sensitive intelligence
  • Assessing strategic threat to London, and maintaining our thematic knowledge of the terrorist & extremist threat
  • Digital & open source exploitation
  • Terrorist Financing

Analysts within the CT Command will work closely with our partners across UK Intelligence Agencies.