Police legitimacy - Associate inspectors

HMICFRS is seeking to recruit a number of associates to support the inspection of the legitamacy of police forces in England and Wales. Successful applicants will be placed on the HMICFRS associate register for a period of up to two years. We require Associate Inspector’s with the skills in the following area:

  • Police legitimacy including professional standards and counter-corruption.


HMICFRS monitors, inspects and reports on the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of police forces in England and Wales, as well as the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the National Crime Agency and other national law enforcement agencies. On 19 July 2017, HMIC also took on responsibility for fire and rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.

HMICFRS is independent of both the government and the police service. We produce major reports – widely covered by the media – which shine a bright light on issues at the very heart of policing, and of very great importance to the public and their safety. Working as an associate with HMICFRS puts you at the heart of the inspection activity. You will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of inspection processes while working with other partners. You will be in regular contact with HMICFRS colleagues and staff.

We are therefore looking for talented individuals who have the drive, enthusiasm and skills to be part of this inspection programme. You will need to be inquisitive and have the ability to assess performance objectively. You will be expected to form strong, constructive relationships that will help you to work closely with those we inspect, ask tough questions, identify areas for improvement and share best practice.

Once on HMICFRS’ associate register, individuals will be allocated short-term fixed-term appointment contracts dependent on:

  • business need;
  • level of role and leadership required;
  • match with the skills required; and
  • experience and capability of individuals selected to the associate register.

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The deadline for completed application forms is 12.00pm on Wednesday 3 January 2018. Applications must be sent to HMICrecruitment@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Role specifics

Essential criteria

  • Professional standards experience with a good, up-to-date working knowledge of the relevant legislation and approved professional practice.
  • Counter-corruption experience with a good, up-to-date working knowledge of the relevant legislation and approved professional practice including the problem of abuse of position for a sexual purpose.
  • A good understanding of wider police legitimacy issues.
  • Proven leadership and management experience.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including inspection or management report writing to a high standard.
  • Experience of communicating, negotiating and influencing strategic change at a senior level.
  • A good understanding of office-based computer systems and the capability to interrogate and use different computer applications.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of having been involved in previous HMICFRS legitimacy inspections; either as an HMICFRS inspector, or as an officer or member of staff who has been involved in force inspections.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, with experience of preparing formal structured papers or submissions of a high standard for presentation to senior management and other stakeholders.

Selection process

Home Office core competencies

HMICFRS uses the Civil Service competency framework to outline expected behaviours and we will use these as part of our wider assessment during the interview process.

For details of the competencies required, please see the Civil Service Competency Framework. The competencies will be tested at Level 4 (Grade 7 level).

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

  • Making effective decisions
  • Leading and communicating
  • Delivering at pace
  • Seeing the bigger picture.

As part of the recruitment process, applicants will be expected to undertake an online written test to assess these competencies.

Equal Opportunities

HMICFRS 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.