Force liaison leads

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) is seeking to recruit a police officers or police staff on secondment for up to two years to act as Force Liaison Leads (FLLs) in Surrey and Sussex Forces.
It is anticipated that further FLL posts will become vacant in the east of England in the next six months and therefore if you live or work within the Eastern region boundaries and are interested in these posts you are encouraged to apply now.


Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary independently assesses police forces and policing in the public interest, assessing activity ranging from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism.

Working in HMIC as an FLL puts you at the heart of the inspection activity. You will be instrumental in developing inspection plans, leading a team of inspectors in force and writing reports for the public. You will also be the primary point of liaison between HMIC and your allocated forces, working on behalf of Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) Zoë Billingham to build and manage the relationship successfully.

The post will provide you with the opportunity to develop your understanding of how forces are assessed; you will gain a more comprehensive picture of policing in England and Wales and you will see how forces meet the challenges they face. As an FLL, you will not only lead PEEL inspections but be actively involved in thematic inspections such as child protection, custody and human trafficking and slavery.

You will be in regular contact with chief officers in your nominated forces, gaining excellent networking opportunities and personal exposure. When not carrying out inspection work in force you will be working from home.

HMIC is committed to balancing business needs with the welfare of its staff and has developed a deployment policy to support this. This includes minimising travel time/cost and inspection time in force where possible, and considering individual circumstances such as part-time working, health, childcare and other caring arrangements.

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The deadline for completed application forms is 8am on Monday 13 February 2017. Applications must be sent to

For more information about this opportunity please contact HMIC recruitment on 0203 513 0532/ 0586 or by email at

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all staff. We will not discriminate on grounds of gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, faith, age or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work.

Job description

Position: Force liaison lead – Surrey and Sussex (further vacancies expected in the eastern region in the next six months)

Grade: Superintendents on level transfer or chief inspectors on temporary promotion or police staff at an equivalent grade on level transfer or temporary promotion

Tenure: Secondment for two years

Location: Remote access working – office base is in London

Vacancy Reference: FLLREGSUPT170208

Main purpose of the role

The FLL’s role is to support the HMI and chiefs of staff in managing relationships, usually with two allocated forces for full-time staff (or three forces depending on local context, e.g., collaborative arrangements). This will include time dedicated to relationship management activities, leading inspections and involvement in other inspections in the nominated forces.

The primary function of the role will be liaison duties for inspections and inspection related activity. Inspection duties will be carried out in force and so will require travel with some periods away from home, although most of the planning and report-writing can be carried out from home.

Key responsibilities

  1. Managing the relationship with the nominated forces, with specific time devoted to managing the following functions:
    • Maintain relationships with two or three forces (see above) and the office of police and crime commissioners or equivalent, through visits and regular contact and keep the forces updated about future inspection activity and good practice elsewhere. Advise the HMI and chiefs of staff on relevant public confidence issues such as cases of misconduct, matters affecting the chief officer team, police deaths on duty, deaths in police custody;
    • Maintain knowledge about the forces through regular contact and regular reporting about forces and police and crime commissioners;
    • In conjunction with both the forces’ and HMIC’s analysts, monitor general force performance, including commissioning analytical products (from the analyst team) and monthly reports for the HMI and chiefs of staff;
    • Provide the organisational record for the forces and monitor force progress on HMIC recommendations (involving specialists, as required); and
    • Be responsible for ensuring that the information HMIC holds about the specified forces is accurate and up to date.
  2. Develop a good working knowledge of the allocated forces to inform the following activities:
    • Assist the chiefs of staff with the review of honours applications from their forces; and
  3. Lead and/or contribute to all inspections of the specified forces by:
    • Being responsible for leading the PEEL inspections for the allocated forces, including planning, fieldwork, force report-writing and moderation, as defined by the portfolio director;
    • Being involved in other inspections and visits for the allotted forces, including planning and briefing of the inspection support team about force-specific issues. Being responsible for quality assurance of force reports and accuracy in the force context;
    • Being responsible for inspection staff while being the lead on inspections and providing feedback on the performance of all inspection staff, including associates at the end of the inspection; and
    • Supporting other regional FLLs in their work, as required.
  4. The FLL is expected to take an active role in managing and leading the organisation.

Civil service competencies

In HMIC, we use Civil Service competency framework to outline expected behaviours and we will use these as part of our wider assessment during the interview process. You will find a link to information about the competency framework in the application form.

For this role, the following competencies are the most relevant:

  • Making effective decisions
  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Delivering at pace

In no more than 250 words, please complete the relevant sections in the application form to help us understand the skills, experience and achievements that you think best illustrate the ability described in each competency.

For more information about the interview process, please see the notes for candidates.

Other qualities sought


  • Detailed operational knowledge of policing and/or law enforcement, its management and how policing and law enforcement operates within England and Wales;
  • Experience of relationship management and working with partners; and
  • Experience of gathering together a wide range of incomplete and complex data and presenting well-considered conclusions.


  • Experience of the HMIC inspection processes; and
  • Experience of report-writing for publication for an external readership or for the public.

Equal Opportunities

HMIC welcomes applications from all staffing groups.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for anyone with a disability as defined in the Equality Act 2010, subject to meeting the minimum criteria for the post.

We encourage a diverse workforce and aim to provide a working environment where all staff at all levels are valued and respected, and where discrimination, bullying, promotion of negative stereotyping and harassment are not tolerated.

We will not discriminate on grounds of gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, those with caring responsibilities, part-time workers or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work.

We are committed to providing all staff with opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their potential.