Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary - Inspector of Fire and Rescue Authorities in England (HMICFRS)

Body: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities
Location: Flexible within England and Wales, primarily the north of England.
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Remuneration will be a minimum of £133,983 per annum, which is taxable through the HMICFRS payroll.
Time Requirements: This is a full time and fixed term appointment for a period of up to five yearsposition. Basic hours of work will be 37 hours per week (excluding lunch breaks).


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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    26 February and 2 March 2018

  • Announcement


The Shortlist meeting is expected to take place 8 February 2018


Assessment Panel

  • Amanda Campbell Added 13/12/2017

    Panel Chair

    CEO of the Parliamentary and Heath Service Ombudsman

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  • David Lamberti Added 13/12/2017

    Director for Policing and the Fire Service, Home Office • Departmental Official

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  • Sir Thomas Winsor Added 13/12/2017

    HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Chief Fire and Rescue Inspector for England • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

HMI and IFRAE are simultaneous appointments made by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of the Home Secretary.

Their purpose is to inspect police forces and fire & rescue authorities, and report publicly on their efficiency and effectiveness.

Key Responsibilities:

• Inspect a number of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, and a number of 45 fire & rescue authorities in England, as determined by the Chief Inspector. This will include:

o Monitoring inspected organisations’ performance;
o Forming a professional assessment of inspected organisation’s performance;
o Identifying problems and challenging inspected organisations and their governing bodies so that the public are not exposed to avoidable risk or harm and can be assured that policing and fire & rescue services are effective and efficient;
o Preparing inspection reports to high corporate standards and presenting findings to the public; and
o Promoting good practice.

• The Chief Inspector may also require post holders to inspect other organisations, as necessary.

• Lead one or more of HMICFRS’s thematic policing and / or fire and rescue service programmes and take a leading role in the annual all-force PEEL inspection programme.

• Lead – if required – any additional HMICFRS’ inspections not included in the inspection programme.

• When called upon, participate in chief officer misconduct hearings and chief officer appeal panels.

• Operate in the public interest and demonstrate the highest levels of personal integrity at all times.

• Along with other HMICFRS Board members, contribute to the corporate leadership of the organisation.

• Build and lead high-performing inspection teams.

• Develop strong relations with the senior leadership teams of inspected organisations and their governing bodies.

Person Specification

In your application, you should provide examples of your experience in meeting the appointment criteria listed below. These will be the key criteria for selection.

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 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.

Desirable Skills and Experience

• Experience of operational policing or fire and rescue.

• 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.

How to Apply

For further information and details on how to apply, please see the recruitment information pack and supporting documentation form attached.

Completed applications comprising CV, supporting statement, and supporting documentation form, should be emailed to:


171211 - HMICFRS - Candidate Pack
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