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Chief Constable

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is looking for a new Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset Police.

The Chief Constable is directly accountable for the operational delivery of policing services and the effective command and leadership of the policing response to crime, and major and critical incidents.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for influencing the development of regional and national policing, and could be accountable for national operational or standard setting.

Key accountabilities
  • Set and ensure the implementation of organisational and operational strategy for the force, having due regard to the Police and Crime Plan and Strategic Policing Requirement and any wider plans and objectives, in order to provide an effective and efficient policing service that meets current and future policing demands
  • Develop a mutually productive strategic relationship with the PCC in line with the requirements of the Policing Protocol, whilst fulfilling all statutory and legal obligations as Corporation Sole
  • Develop and maintain governance arrangements and processes within the force, to ensure effective decision making and appropriate action at all levels/tiers of the organisation
  • Lead the force, communicating a clear direction, setting organisational culture and promoting values, ethics and high standards of professional conduct to enable an effective and professional service
  • Lead, inspire and engage the Chief Officer Group; setting and role modelling approaches to a workforce culture that promotes wellbeing, facilitates impactful professional development and performance management to create empowered teams that effectively enable the achievement of the force vision and goals
  • Hold accountability for force financial management and determine functional budgets within the agreed framework as issued by the PCC, to ensure the effective use of public spending and maximise value for money
  • Fulfil the authorising responsibilities of a Chief Constable. For example, authorisation of intrusive surveillance and maintain operational oversight, holding accountability for effective, compliant policing responses in order to protect the public and further develop the force’s operational strategies
  • Lead and command the operational policing responses on occasion in the most high risk and high profile instances, in order to protect the public and ensure an appropriate and effective response
  • Advise national bodies such as COBR on matters of public safety and national security to contribute to effective decision making that protects the public from serious threat and upholds the law
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with local, regional and national partners, effectively influencing and collaborating to contribute to improvements and change in the broader operating context and enable the achievement of the force objectives
  • Represent the force at a local, regional and national level to the public, media and other external stakeholders to promote visibility, connect with the public and build confidence in policing
  • Lead national thinking, policy and guidance within an area of specialism to enable the continuous improvement of effective policing practice
  • Create and drive a culture of development, change, innovation and problem solving to ensure enhanced productivity, value for money and continuous improvement in evidence based policing
  • Play an active role in national decision making on the development of the police service to enable the effective co-ordination of operations, reform and improvements in policing and the provision of value for money

Application process

The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for the appointment of the Chief Constable.

To find out about the:

  • Police and Crime Commissioner’s vision
  • Chief Constable role profile
  • Recruitment and selection process

visit the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.

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