Working in a Community Policing Team as a Local Crime Investigator (LCI) is about supporting police officers with investigations, and in many cases becoming the lead investigator on the case.

In the video above, LCI Fadwa Booth, who works in Trowbridge, talks about what she enjoys about the job.

Our LCIs work in plain clothes alongside Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), so you'll be a part of the frontline team working in the police station. You will take part in the daily briefing, work on cases with your team and head out into the community to speak to victims and witnesses.

LCIs work days and evenings including weekends, so you'll need to be very flexible and you must have a full driving licence.

Whether it's interviewing a suspect in custody, attending a warrant and helping to search for evidence in a suspect's house or workplace, or reviewing CCTV footage, you will be at the heart of the investigation.

Here's some of the key tasks:

  • Interviewing suspects - you will need an enquiring mind to ask questions and get to the truth.
  • Questioning victims and witnesses - it is very important that you can show strong empathy, professionalism and first class customer service.
  • Examining CCTV and reviewing statements to piece together what happened - you need to be patient and thorough.
  • Handling evidence and preparing reports - a meticulous and transparent approach is needed.
  • Being an LCI is a rewarding career where your hard work also could be on display in the courtroom and seeing offenders brought to justice.

Some LCIs go on to become uniformed police officers, so the experience and skills you learn from being an LCI will hold you in good stead for the future.