Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Inspector of Fire & Rescue Authorities in England

Body: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Inspectorate of Fire & Rescue Authorities in England
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Flexible within England and Wales, primarily the north of England
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £175,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Full time


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Andrew Cooke QPM has been appointed as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Inspector of Fire and Rescue Authorities in England.

Date: 01/02/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Do you want to play a key role in shaping the landscape of the policing and fire rescue services?

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) is an independent body that inspects and reports to the public on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces in England and Wales, fire and rescue authorities in England and national law enforcement agencies. It aims to ensure that the public and their elected representatives can hold inspected organisations to account by monitoring trends, challenging practice and identifying areas for improvement, and making performance information accessible.

The principal role of HMICFRS is undertaking the all-force inspections of policing in England and Wales, and of all fire & rescue authorities in England; providing the public with a clear, consistent and independent view of the quality of services in their local area. The post encompasses the dual roles of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Inspector of Fire & Rescue Authorities in England. The post holder will also contribute to the corporate leadership of HMICFRS, working closely with the Chief Inspector to ensure that the inspectorate transformation programme is implemented successfully.

We are seeking candidates who possess a successful track record of strategic leadership of a large delivery organisation, strong analytical skills with the capability to carry out rigorous inspections, a first-class communicator with a successful track record of managing relations with a complex range of stakeholders, and a proven ability to develop and implement robust governance arrangements and monitor performance.

This full time appointment is made by HM The Queen on the recommendation of the Home Secretary. The initial term of office will be for a period of up to three years.

Person Specification

It is important 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

• Successful track record of strategic leadership of a large organisation concerned with the provision of services to the public or institutional or commercial consumers with commensurate management skills and the ability to contribute effectively as a co-operative member of the senior team.
• Ability to take an outcome-focused approach to enhance public accountability of the police service and the fire and rescue service.
• Strong analytical skills, predominantly with a reliance on evidence-based practice, and the capability to carry out rigorous inspections.
• Proven performance, resource management and business skills.
• A first-class communicator with the confidence, authority and interpersonal skills to secure and retain the confidence of a wide range of stakeholder groups.
• Strong relationship management skills, including the ability to build strong relationships and effectively challenge and influence stakeholders.
• A track record of implementing significant change.
• The flexibility and personal resilience to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances in an environment of regular scrutiny by the media, public and others.
• Experience of operational policing at a senior level.

Part Two -Desirable Skills and Experience

• Experience of media handling.

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.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 11pm Monday 17 August 2020.

Please submit the following 4 documents, clearly labelled, by email to:


  1. A comprehensive CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  2. A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification.
  3. Please complete and return via email the forms at Annex B (attached separately), relating to referees, conflicts of interest and nationality.
  4. In addition please complete the Diversity Form at Annex C. Please click on the link to the Public Appointments website for further information on recording whether or not you have a disability.

Please include the heading (HMICFRS) in the subject box.

Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments.

Please note the following:

  • We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation. We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • Feedback will only be given to unsuccessful candidates following interview.


Annex B - Supporting documentation 2020 - Final
Home Office Privacy Notice - Final
2007014 - HMICFRS 2020 - Candidate Pack - Final
Diversity Monitoring Form Accessible (6)
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