Support Services in the Appointment

The College of Policing is able to provide advice and support for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), Chief Constables (CCs) and Commissioners in the development of selection processes for chief officer appointments on a consultancy basis. The College of Policing provides these services for those who wish to seek professional support, advice or expertise in relation to selection and assessment. 

The College of Policing Selection and Assessment team can provide experienced occupational psychologists to support the entire appointment process, or can support parts of the process such as training the panel in assessor skills and unconscious bias, delivering professional personality assessment reports or a bespoke assessment exercise.  Often it is valuable to have professional support at the very start of the process to help ensure that the force's needs are explicitly defined and incorporated in all subsequent stages.

The following services are offered:

  • the development of a role profile that accurately reflects local needs and priorities to effectively define the particular demands of the job
  • the design and development of an application and shortlisting process
  • the design and development of bespoke or tailored assessment exercises including briefing, written and panel exercises, presentation topics and interview questions
  • the delivery of personality assessments and feedback, the information from which can be used to inform later stages of an appointment process
  • the provision of an assessor briefing or training for panel members in key assessment principles and assessment methodology
  • assistance in coordinating and delivering the appointment process e.g. advice regarding the development of timetables, resource requirements and decision making models.

The College of Policing is also able to provide forces with information on whether candidates meet the eligibility checks set out in the relevant legislation (e.g. completion of Senior PNAC and the SCC) as well as providing an advertisement service for Chief Officer vacancies through the college website.

For enquiries about these services, please contact the team via

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