His Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary - Inspector of Fire and Rescue Authorities in England (HMICFRS)

Body: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Rescue and Fire Services
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: This is a national role within England & Wales, so location is flexible.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £181275 per annum
Time Requirements: Five years

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    W/C 28 November 2022

  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 9 January 2023

  • 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 His 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 knowledge of policing and/or fire and rescue services, previous inspectorate or regulatory experience, previous Chair or Non-Executive Board Member experience, 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  King on the recommendation of the Home Secretary. The initial term of office will be for a period of up to five 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 of the person specification only, 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 delivery organisation with commensurate management skills and the ability to contribute effectively as a member of the senior team.
  • Ability to take an outcome-focused approach to enhance public accountability of the fire and rescue service and the police 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 – orally and in writing – 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.

Part Two – Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of policing and/or fire and rescue services;
  • Previous inspectorate or regulatory experience;
  • Previous Chair or Non-Executive Board Member experience; and
  • Experience of media handling.


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level and police vetting. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-6 weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidate has passed all checks. The successful candidate will be encouraged to take up the appointment as soon as possible, subject to the successful completion of all pre-appointment checks.

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20221020 - HMICFRS Inspector - Candidate Pack - Final
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