This client applied for the role of Electronic Monitoring Surveillance Officer in state (QLD) government and gained a job interview. The majority of applications for QLD government departments/agencies stipulate the preparation of a statement addressing selection criteria in two pages. Following are excerpts from three of the selection criteria.

Surveillance:

In my most recent role as a marine specialist and Second in Charge (2IC) within the Department of DDD’s AAA unit, I worked in conjunction with the NNN division when conducting surveillance of the Northern Territory’s (NT’s) offshore region. Surveillance centred on watching for illegal immigrants and any activities that were suspicious. My primary task as 2IC involved taking control of the vessel, manning radar and electronic communications, and making contact with suspicious-looking boats in the water. I worked closely and collaboratively with NNN personnel when we reached specific onshore locations such islands in the NT area. In particular, I provided hands-on support in logistically moving supplies to set up an observation post, walked the island and conducted reconnaissance to search for caches of hidden fuel, weapons, drugs, and other contraband. Thereafter, on return to the vessel, I continued surveillance around the waterways and other islands. The surveillance process involved constant radio communications with other patrol vessels via marine radio, VHF and HF. Surveillance reporting involved preparing and forwarding both written communications (reports) and verbal reports via radio to NNN personnel.

Community engagement and liaison:

During my tenure in the AAA unit, I liaised extensive with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to communicate my findings on activities that were suspicious when I conducted surveillance along the east coast of Australia. When QPS officers did not have an appropriate vessel on hand and they were required to conduct operations along the coastline, I accompanied officers on a vessel I manned to these areas. I was in constant communication, providing them with information on whatever I found of a questionable nature, such as illicit drugs or suspicious contraband. I dealt extensively with NT Police in relation to the surveillance of vast areas (both offshore and onshore). I accompanied NT police officers in the water police division to Aboriginal communities to transport their vehicles and to provide supplies; I also maintained regular communications to advise on suspicious boats in the area. My involvement with NNN personnel was extensive; I was in constant communications with them on a daily basis and demonstrated multi-cultural sensitivity and appreciation as many of their personnel were of Indigenous descent.

Record and file management:

I am highly competent in the use of various applications and systems, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook); information management system (PMKeyS); payroll system (CenresPay2); accounting software (Roman); internet, intranet and email; and boating vessels’ on-board computer systems and navigation logs. When preparing surveillance records, I used the vessels’ on-board systems and entered information into a navigation log. Information recorded included dates, times, position (longitude and latitude points), movement in the water, core speed, and a detailed description of what was seen. When vessels were anchored, I conducted a reconnaissance around islands and recorded what was completed and seen, and my recommendations. Accuracy in the recording of surveillance information was imperative. For example, when I located caches of hidden fuel, I recorded their exact position; and I recorded the location of fresh water springs. In both instances, this enabled NNN personnel to access the exact locations and to set up observation posts in those areas.

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