Inspection Officers PEEL Effectiveness Programme

The Inspection Officer will be responsible for supporting the relevant strand of inspection work in the PEEL effectiveness programme involving inspection design, inspection fieldwork, analysis of findings and the write up and publication of reports

We are looking for talented individuals to join HMIC who have the drive, enthusiasm and skills to support HMIC in implementing this exciting new area of work by taking a leading role in developing and achieving a high quality and professional inspection in the public interest.


Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) monitors, inspects and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces in England and Wales, as well as the Police Service of Northern Ireland, National Crime Agency and other national law enforcement agencies. We are independent of both the government and the police service.

These vacancies are to play a leading role in the development, inspection, analysis and reporting of the effectiveness strand of PEEL (HMIC’s police efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy programme). The posts will be based in London, although the successful applicant may have the opportunity to travel (with overnight stays) during the fieldwork stages of this inspection and there are also opportunities to work some days from home. These posts will support work in three main areas of PEEL effectiveness:

  • crime prevention neighbourhood policing;
  • crime investigation and suspect management; and
  • tackling serious and organised crime.

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The deadline for completed application forms is 12:00pm on Monday 3 July 2017. Applications must be sent to

For more information about this opportunity please contact Chris Austin by email at or call on 020 3513 0536

Job description

Position Title: Inspection officer

Grade: Chief Inspector/Inspector/Sergeant or police staff equivalents

Tenure: 3 posts (1x 12 month secondment and 2x short term secondments ending 31 March 2018)

Location: The posts will be based in London, although the successful applicant may have the opportunity to travel (with overnight stays) during the fieldwork stages of this inspection and there are also opportunities to work some days from home.

Team: PEEL Effectiveness Programme Team

Responsible to: Assistant Portfolio Director

Vacancy Reference: IOEFF170703

Key responsibilities

General responsibilities:

  • To work with the relevant Assistant Portfolio Director in all stages in the development and delivery of the effectiveness inspection ensuring that it has credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of the public, police forces and wider government.
  • To ensure an effective and ongoing liaison with forces, government and other law enforcement agencies to help develop and deliver a high quality inspection.
  • To develop a methodology which brings further involvement and engagement of the public in HMIC’s inspection approach.
  • To undertake and oversee research, prepare briefings and respond to correspondence for and on behalf of HMIC to a high standard.
  • To establish and maintain ‘expert reference groups’ to provide challenge and support to inspection programmes.
  • To examine reports and correspondence received, and to prepare or commission high quality briefing documents as required.
  • To maintain liaison with national policing agencies and forces during and outside the assessment and inspection process as required.
  • Be responsible for carrying out inspection fieldwork and evidence gathering (e.g. focus groups, interviews, reality testing) to a consistently high standard and recording the evidence gathered in a way that provides a sound evidence basis to assist in formulating judgments for the inspection.
  • Be involved in re-visits and re-inspections.

Home Office core competencies

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate their capabilities to a high standard against the Civil Service Competencies outlined below. For details of the competencies required, please see the Civil Service Competency Framework:

Setting the direction

  • Making effective decisions:
    • Identify a broad range of relevant and credible information sources and recognise the need to collect new data when necessary from internal and external sources
  • Changing and improving:
    • Be willing to meet the challenges of difficult or complex changes, encouraging and supporting others to do the same

Engaging people

  • Leading and communicating:
    • Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed
  • Collaborating and partnering
    • Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes
    • Encourage collaborative team working within own team and across the Department

Delivering results

  • Delivering at pace:
    • Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard.

Entry requirements


  • Experience of relationship management and working with partners
  • Experience of gathering together a wide range of incomplete and complex data and present well-considered and balanced conclusions.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Flexible and resilient.


  • Operational knowledge of policing within England and Wales in particular in the following areas: neighbourhood/community policing, partnership working and crime prevention, volume crime investigation, serious and organised crime or intelligence.
  • Inspection/audit experience

Applications will be assessed against the core competency framework indicators at SEO level. Consideration will also be given to experience and skills.

Additional information:

  • You may apply in your substantive rank or on temporary promotion.
  • Applications (and other selection methods when used) will be assessed and ranked. Not all ranked applicants may make it through to the next selection stage.
  • Selection for this post may not be solely based on your interview. Applicants will be advised of the format prior to interview stage.
  • Travel around the UK, with overnight stays, may be required in this role.
  • The successful candidate must pass security clearance and would only be offered the position on the condition that they subsequently pass the clearance process.
  • Applications from part timers and job sharers are welcomed.
  • Candidates successful at the sift stage will be required to sit a written exercise on 6 July 2017.
  • Candidates need to be released within 6 weeks of appointment.
  • Interviews will be held on 10 July at Globe House, 89 Eccleston Square, Pimlico, London SW1V 1PN.

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.