Deputy Director - Police Strategy Reform Unit

Employer
United Kingdom Government
Location
London, WC2N, GB
Closing date
4 Jun 2022

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Contents Location About the job Benefits Things you need to know Apply and further information Location London, Manchester About the job Summary The Public Safety Group's role is to keep the public safe by cutting crime, disrupting the highest harm criminals, protecting the vulnerable and ensuring that our police, fire and rescue services are as efficient and effective as they can be in delivering front line public services. The people in our Group develop and implement policy, provide funding, and deliver legislation. We make the most of innovation, data, and partnerships to prevent crime, protect the vulnerable, and tackle the highest harm crimes. We work with our partners in law enforcement, establishing governance arrangements at a national, regional and local level. Job description The Deputy Director for PSRU is responsible for leading a unit of 26 FTE to set the strategic direction for policing policy and shaping policing governance through oversight of the National Policing Board, chaired by the Home Secretary, and the Home Secretary's policing priorities, alongside leading on policing governance, scrutiny and accountability, police inspection policy, blue light collaboration and mayoral devolution. To do this you will need to develop strong working relationships with policing system leaders including Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables. -Lead a unit of 26 FTE leading an ambitious programme of reform requiring close working with Ministry of Justice (MoJ), MHCLG and Cabinet Office colleagues and effective relationships with the Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), Chief Constables (NPCC) and the Inspectorate (HMICRFS) as key partners. -Lead and provide direction for the National Policing Board Secretariat and Strategy team working in partnership with the national policing bodies as appropriate and responding to strategic challenges as required. -Leading work to set strategic direction for the policing system, including ensuring its governance and accountability structures align with developing contextual changes. -Lead PSRU's contribution to the Government's crime and policing agenda by maintaining the reputation of the PCC governance model and ensuring its effective scrutiny through police and crime panels, including leading management of their grant funding arrangements as SRO. -Ensure successful delivery of the recommendations from Part 1 and Part 2 of the PCC Review, which responds to the manifesto commitment to strengthen the accountability of elected Police and Crime Commissioners and expand their role. As part of this you will play a key role engaging with the sector, MOJ, MHCLG and wider HO colleagues to implement the agreed recommendations and lead preparation for potential primary legislation. -Oversee policy on the expansion of the PCC role in the criminal justice system, liaising with MoJ on proposals for the forthcoming Victims Bill to ensure they complement the strategic direction for the model. -Lead the strategic policy relationship between the Home Office and HMICFRS, including facilitating the agreement of their annual inspection programme with Ministers and leading on the response to force PEEL reports. This includes working closely with Crime Directorate colleagues on force performance through HMICFRS's Policing Performance Oversight Group and the Crime and Policing Performance Board. -Lead on mayoral devolution policy ensuring we fulfil Ministerial ambitions to see more mayors with police and fire functions, working closely with FSRU, DLUHC and crime colleagues to deliver ambitions within the Levelling Up White Paper, including implementing the necessary legislation to transfer functions to mayors as part of devolution deals. -Lead on blue light collaboration and the policy relating to Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners ensuring, in particular, that the Unit provides support to the delivery of the Fire Reform White Paper. -Lead policy on police structures, in particular the ensuring the Government's policy position on the 43-police force model; including overseeing police mergers policy and neighbourhood policing policy. -Coordinate cross cutting work across the directorate as required and oversee the work of the directorate's corporate and risk lead. Work effectively as a corporate member of the PPD Senior management team, supporting wider work as required. Responsibilities You will also work collaboratively with colleagues across Public Safety Group including through its Senior Management Team and wider Home Office, working closely with Ministers, the Home Secretary and the political team. Essential Criteria -Exceptional strategy leadership skills with a track record of influencing and driving change across a high profile, challenging and complex policy environment. -A confident and empowering leader who is able to inspire and develop their team. -An ability to forge effective strategic partnerships and influence effectively across different operating environments and at the most senior levels. -Strong analytical and policy skills with an ability to bring insight into key problems. -The flexibility and personal resilience to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and to cope well under pressure. Desirable Criteria -Experience or understanding of the policing and law enforcement sector Benefits
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension Things you need to know Security Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check . See our vetting charter . People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks. Selection process details A CV - setting out your career history, highlighting specific responsibilities and achievements that are relevant for this role, including details where applicable of budgets and numbers of people managed, relevant achievements in recent posts, together with reasons for any gaps within the last two years; A Statement of Suitability - (limited to 1250 words). Explain i) how you would approach the role and what your priorities would be; ii) how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience meet the requirements of the role. Evidence for your suitability should be with reference to the essential criteria in the person specification. Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment. Nationality requirements This job is broadly open to the following groups: UK nationals nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK nationals of the Republic of Ireland nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals Further information on nationality requirements Working for the Civil Service The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles . The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy. Apply and further information This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative. Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records. Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name : Rachel Watson Email : Rachel.Watson4homeoffice.gov.uk Recruitment team : Email : HOrecruitment.grscabinetoffice.gov.uk Details Reference number 208711 Salary 71,000 - 85,000 GBP Grade SCS Pay Band 1 Contract type Permanent Business area HO - Public Safety Group Type of role Policing Policy Strategy Working pattern Flexible working, Full-time, Job share Number of posts 1
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