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R0161 Research Officer

Grade: 5, £27,690 – £31,434

Directly responsible to: Head of Communications

Location: Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Lloyd House,

Birmingham City Centre

12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date: 12 noon 27th March 2023, interviews to take place 12th April 2023

This is a politically restricted post

This is an ideal role for a newly qualified graduate or student seeking a one year placement who is interested in, or has aspirations of future working in the public sector, politics or eventually in public office. If you want to make a difference to society, work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, and have excellent research, analytical and communication skills, this could be for you.

The post-holder will be responsible for providing first class personal support and research for the Commissioner, Assistant Commissioners and Chief Executive Officers on policing, public affairs and local government, current affairs; analysing a range of documentation from Home Office reports to the performance data of West Midlands Police, and producing detailed briefings. You will support the Political Leadership team and Senior Leadership team on a day-to-day basis, and also attend regular meetings and events with the Commissioner and the Assistant Police and Crime Commissioners.  You will have the opportunity to manage projects and attend relevant training courses.

The post will be part of the Communications Team and will also involve drafting media responses, updating the website, and producing social media content.

The West Midlands is a vibrant and diverse part of the country and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a good understanding of diversity and human rights, and a personal commitment to promoting diversity and racial equality.

Why work for us?

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is committed to the reduction and prevention of crime, so by joining us you’ll be actively contributing to improving the West Midlands region. You will get to work alongside great people who are passionate about driving improvement and change! In return for your valued contribution we provide an impressive employee benefits package:  

  • Diverse, Inclusive and supportive organisation
  • Flexible working
  • Hybrid working from home policy
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Learning & Development opportunities
  • Access to an employee benefits package
  • Committed to being an anti-racist and trauma informed organisation

Click here to learn more: Working for us

Our values

It is important to us that every employee is committed to and share our organisational values:

We behave with INTEGRITY and HONESTY in all we do. We work OBJECTIVELY and IMPARTIALLY

to support the Police and Crime Commissioner and each other to achieve the objectives of the Police and Crime Plan.

We support each other by driving INCLUSIVITY within our interaction with each other and the public.

Don’t meet all parts of the Job Description?

At the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands. Studies show that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for roles if they believe they do not meet each item of the criteria. So, if you are passionate about this role we encourage you to still apply. You may be exactly who we are looking for.

Please note we do not accept CV’s. To download an application form please visit: or telephone 0121 626 6060.

Recruitment is completed in line with safe recruitment practices. You can find our Safeguarding policy here: Safeguarding-policy-November-21.pdf (

For more information about the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner visit: Home – West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner (

For an informal confidential conversation about this post, please contact Richard Costello by emailing: [email protected]  

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 27th March 2023. Interviews are planned to take place in person on 12th April 2023.

To download an application form and information pack please visit: or telephone 0121 626 6060.

Please note CV’s will not be accepted.

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