Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Body: Office of the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation, Science & Technology
Location: Flexible
Skills required: IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £125,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Full time

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    19 & 20 October

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Home Secretary is seeking to appoint a single Biometrics and Surveillance Commissioner.

The Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner role aims to promote police compliance with the rules on the collection and retention of DNA, fingerprints and surveillance cameras respectively. The roles were created by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (POFA), which set out the regime for police use of DNA, fingerprints and the regulation of surveillance cameras. We have decided to appoint a single person to both roles because of the confluence of existing and emerging regulatory issues around police use of automated facial recognition.

The post will cover the duties of the Biometrics Commissioner and the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, while the Government is considering reforms in this area. Candidates will have experience of working successfully at a senior level, ideally within a legal, law enforcement, regulatory or criminology environment or within academia such as the study of criminal justice, ethics, human rights law or criminology. Whatever your background, you will appreciate the importance and opportunity that this role presents. Excellent communication skills, decisiveness, independence and unquestionable integrity will be essential.

Person Specification

It is essential in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in Part One only of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with you if invited for interview, together with the other criteria listed in Part Two.

Part one – Essential skills and experience

  • Proven experience of exercising sound judgment when balancing complex information and competing interests, accompanied by an understanding that such judgments can be open to scrutiny and challenge.
  • Proven track record of demonstrating effective communication in a variety of forms to diverse and challenging audiences such as politicians and the media.
  • Evidence of leading and delivering high quality services in public or customer focused environments, including analytical casework, and of driving results at a senior level and in a multi-stakeholder environment through influence and persuasion.
  • Evidence of building productive working relationships with a wide variety of senior stakeholders, including demonstrating an ability to protect public interest by guaranteeing professional and technical competence.
  • Evidence of demonstrating a clear understanding of, and firm commitment to, the promotion of diversity and equality of opportunity.


  • Experience of working at a senior level in a legal, law enforcement, regulatory or criminology environment.
  • Experience of working at a senior level in academia (for example, in the study of criminal justice, ethics, human rights law or criminology).

Part Two – Personal Abilities and Behaviours

  • Enthusiasm and demonstrable interest in the role that biometrics and surveillance can play in protecting the public and a sensitivity to the civil liberties issues which may arise.
  • An ability to command respect and demonstrate both the independence and authority to establish credibility with Ministers and key stakeholders.
  • High standards of corporate and personal conduct, including a sound understanding of and strong commitment to equal opportunities, public service values and principles of public life, enabling you to act impartially and uphold the role of Commissioner.


Additional Information

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all. Appointment will be made on merit following an open, fair and transparent competition.

Annex B - Supporting documentation 2020 - Final
Home Office Privacy Notice - Final
Diversity Monitoring Form Accessible (6)
200709 - Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner - Recruitment Pack - FINAL
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