Specialist force liaison leads

HMIC is seeking to recruit four police officers or police staff on secondment for up to two year to act as specialist force liaison leads (FLLs).


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

Working in HMIC as a 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 allotted force(s), working on behalf of Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) to build and manage the relationship successfully.

You will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of inspection doctrine. Through your work you will gain a wider picture of policing in England and Wales – seeing how other forces meet challenges and identify of best practice. As an FLL, you will be in regular contact with chief officers in your allotted forces providing excellent networking opportunities and personal exposure.

The specialist areas of policing we require FLLs to cover are:

  • cyber-crime;
  • serious and organised crime;
  • counter-terrorism; and
  • armed policing.

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The deadline for completed application forms is 8am on Monday 31 October 2016. Applications must be sent to HMICrecruitment@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

For more information about this opportunity please contact KHMIC Recruitment at HMICrecruitment@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk or call 0203 513 0532/0586.

Job description

Position: Specialist force liaison leads

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

Tenure: Two-year secondment

Location: London

Vacancy reference: FLLSUPT161031

Main purpose of the role

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

Approximately 35 per cent of the FLL’s role will be allocated to liaison duties. The remaining time will be allocated to inspection and other activity. Inspection duties will be carried out in force and so will require travel with some periods away from home, although some of the planning and report writing can be carried out from home.

There are four posts available:

  1. Specialist force liaison lead for cyber-crime
  2. Specialist force liaison lead for armed policing
  3. Specialist force liaison lead for serious and organised crime
  4. Specialist force liaison lead for counter-terrorism

Please indicate on your application form which post(s) you are applying for.

Key responsibilities

  1. Managing the relationship with specific forces with (at least a third of the post holder’s) time dedicated to managing the following functions:

    • Maintain relationships with two or three (see above) forces 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 chief 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 force through regular contact and regular reporting about forces and PCCs;
    • In conjunction with both the force’s and HMIC’s analysts, monitor general force performance, including commissioning analytical products (from the analyst team) and monthly reports into the chiefs of staff and HMI;
    • Provide the organisational memory for a force and monitor force progress on HMIC recommendations (involving specialists, as required); and
    • Be responsible for ensuring that the information HMIC holds about their 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 chief of staff with the review of applications for additional funding through the ‘Special Grant’ process and honours applications from their forces; and
  3. Deal with the complaints from the public to HMIC about their forces.
  4. Lead and / or contribute to all inspections of the specified forces by:
    • Being responsible for leading the PEEL inspections for their specified forces – including planning, fieldwork, force report writing and moderation, as defined by the Portfolio Director;
    • Involvement on other inspections and revisits for the specified forces, including planning and briefing of the Inspection Support team about force specific issues. Be responsible for quality assurance of force reports for force context accuracy;
    • Being responsible for inspection staff whilst being the lead on inspections and providing feedback on the performance of all inspection staff, including associates at the end of the inspection; and
    • Where appropriate, to support other regional FLLs in their work where required.
  5. Act as HMICs expert FLL in relation to your area of specialist skill (armed policing; cyber; counter-terrorism; serious and organised crime by continuing CPD and attendance at relevant policing force representing HMIC.
  6. 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;
  • detailed understanding of the specialist area of policing/law enforcement for which you are applying through relevant operational or supervisory experience;
  • 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.