Following the trail: Do you have what it takes to tackle organised exploitation?

EMSOU is recruiting for researchers and a data analyst to join its Tackling Organised Exploitation team.

In joining TOEX, you would be part of a dedicated team committed to supporting the East Midlands forces with criminality involving the organised exploitation of people.

Through intelligence development, you would work alongside an investigation, developing and providing packages and profiles to enhance officer’s enquiries.

Intelligence Analyst Lois Begley has explained what life is like as part of the TOEX team:

“An average day for me involves working on investigations within the five forces of the East Midlands, following the trail and making links between people involved in the case.

“Our team has access to various regional and national systems that can help to build a picture of this type of organised crime and therefore identify who the victims are.

"Due to the nature of our work, the jobs that are referred into the team are very serious crimes. For me, this is an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable people in society.

"I think it’s sad that exploitation is such a growing problem that it needs specialised teams to investigate them, but I would say there is a sense of achievement for me personally and for the team when new victims are identified, as this can lead to safeguarding measures being put in place and the lives of these people changing for the better.

"As TOEX deals with serious organised crime, often the individuals that we are investigating are experienced and therefore have some knowledge of police techniques. This sometimes means that it is more challenging to build intelligence and analysis around them, as the picture changes frequently as they try to avoid leaving a trail. This can often be even more interesting, as it encourages you to think of different methods and provides an even bigger sense of achievement when you find something!

“If I was to offer advice to someone thinking of joining the team, I’d say go for it! If you’d like to be part of a really friendly team that is dealing with the most serious organised crime and making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people, then you should definitely look to join TOEX.

"There’s a lot of information on the new TOEX website which explains more about the programme and gives some case studies, which demonstrate what the project has already achieved just in its pilot year.”

TOEX assists in multi-threat criminality - for example county lines drug dealing which is exploiting children as runners - focussing on the exploitation side of the case.

The researchers and a data analyst roles close on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 June 2022.

For further information please see the TOEX website.