This section provides guidance, information and access to services designed to support Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), Chief Constables (CCs) or Commissioners with the selection and appointment of chief officers.
The College of Policing, working in collaboration with key stakeholders, has developed the 'Guidance for appointing chief officers' document. The guidance is available to download as a PDF.
This guidance was last updated in March 2018. It supersedes the previous guidance and toolkit.
The document will be updated as and when changes to policy or legislation necessitate it or when new guidance is available. Please bookmark this page and ensure you have the most up to date guidance before beginning any chief officer appointment process.
If you have any feedback or suggestions for future revisions, or you want to talk to the College about direct support for Chief Officer appointments, please contact the Selection and Assessment team.
The guidance builds on the legal requirements and principles for the appointment of Chief Officers as outlined in Home Office Circular 013/2018.
The document is intended to be a supportive guide covering eligibility and legal requirements; good practice in assessment and selection; making the appointment itself, and post appointment considerations.
It is hoped that the guidance will be useful in promoting and enabling good practice with the ultimate aim of ensuring the best and most talented individuals apply for the most demanding roles and that the most suitable candidates are appointed.
Key stakeholders including PCCs (via APCC), NPCC, CPOSA, Home Office and PSAEW were consulted on a draft of the guidance in summer 2017.
The document does not provide guidance on:
This guidance complements other activities the College is undertaking to support effective Chief Officer Appointments and progression to chief officer roles more widely. This work includes:
The following pages may also contain useful information:
The release of Home Office Circular 013/2018 on the Selection and Appointment of Chief Officers sets out the legal requirements and principles for the appointment of Chief Officers within police forces in England & Wales.