Enforcement, Other Roles
Competitive Salary Offered
We are seeking a Contractor to undertake Blue Badge Fraud (BBF) activities and investigation on behalf of a local authority based in south west England.
This is a part time role and would suit a person who has worked with the police or a has a background in law enforcement.
The Contractor is required to collect data on badges used in the County by undertaking spot checks and compliance visits, this includes the profile of the badge use such as times, days, weekends and location. The Contractor will analyse badges to find out if the person to whom the badge was issued is infirm/ in a home, deceased or lives in the local area. If the Contractor is identifying patterns of abuse or find lost or stolen badges, the Contractor will build a case and take appropriate action.
Furthermore, the Contractor will make efforts to eradicate the abuse of the entitlements to disabled people by the unauthorised use of blue badges.
The Contractor will address the use of lost and stolen badges and carry out investigations to identify people using badges where the disabled person is in a different location.
If misuse of a blue badge is identified, then the Contractor will be responsible for preparing cases for prosecution in collaboration with the Council Legal Services Team and under the direction of the Council’s Parking Manager.
The Contractor is required to undertake the following activities:
Carry out all investigative work on behalf of the Council in relation to the fraudulent use, abuse and misuse of the Blue Badge Scheme by providing a criminal investigation service. At least 50% of the Investigating Officer’s time must be spent on street carrying out investigative work.
Under the direction of the Council’s Parking Manager, or their delegated officer’s, undertake visits to locations and undertake spot checks to identify any misuse or fraud in relation to blue badges.
Attend meetings with the Council Parking Manager or other Council representatives at progress meetings – as requested by the Council.
Prepare cases for prosecution to a high standard, using the Contractor’s legal team, hand the case which will contain a ‘referral for criminal prosecution’, ‘cost schedule’, ‘exhibits’ and ‘witness statements’ as required by the case, to the Parking Manager or their delegates.
Following investigations and where appropriate prepare investigation cases to prosecute under the following legislation:
Fraud Act 2006
Theft Act 1968
Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
Traffic Management Act 2004
Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges Act 2013
Undertake all investigations and case preparation in compliance with the:
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
Criminal Justice Acts 1998, 2003 and 2007
Regulation of Investigators Powers Act 2000
Local Government Acts 1972, 2000 and 2003
Legal Services Act 2007
The Contractor will prepare cases, to a high industry standard, for the Council and the Council shall issue a summons to individual defendants. It shall be for the Council to decide, at its sole discretion, whether to pursue a prosecution or decide if a prosecution is in the public interest.
The Contractor shall investigate five types of offence:
Misuse of a blue badge for people with disabilities.
use of a fake blue badge.
use of a stolen blue badge.
manufacture of a fake blue badge.
application for, and/ or use of, a on street parking permit e.g., residents, carer or business to which one is not entitled.
The Contractor will attend all court cases in any trial at Magistrates or Crown Court as directed by the Council’s Parking Manager or delegated officer.
The Contractors shall, as part of running an investigation team, maintain a central exhibit register and maintain multiple exhibits. During the case preparation stage appropriate signed witness statements will be drafted and exhibited.
Before attending Court, the Contractor will work with the Courts and the police to investigate the defendant’s history and carry out an investigation of previous convictions. All unused material will be collated and managed in accordance with the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996.
PACE interviews should be undertaken in the Council PACE suite.
The Investigating Officer must have experience of working as a police detective, with a detailed knowledge of working with all relevant legislation.
The Investigating Officer will be required to work with stakeholders such as the Police, The Council Legal Services Team, Parking Operational Services Supplier, the Blue Badge Team and the Contract Manager as well as engaging with members of the public. In view of this the individual must have excellent communication skills and be capable to working professionally and in partnership with the stakeholders above.