Chief Constable Recruitment




The Northern Ireland Policing Board is seeking a new Chief Constable to lead the PSNI and its Service Executive Team.

This position carries significant leadership, operational and representative responsibilities and the Board is looking for an exceptional leader with an ability to drive and deliver organisational change to meet existing and future challenges.

Policing is one of Northern Ireland’s most important public services with the community rightly expecting the highest standards from its officers and staff. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and further developing the PSNI as a highly professional organisation.

We are looking for a Chief Constable who will bring a strong vision for service delivery to the community, have a proven track record in leading change in a complex environment, have an ability to build strong relationships and be able to demonstrate delivering results through the development of operational policing plans which support building trust and confidence within the service and across the community.

The PSNI is a multi-million pound organisation with just under 10,000 police officers and staff. The Chief Constable position requires sound business skills and acumen and you will have a record of delivering integrated organisational strategies and plans that inspire confidence, and make best use of officers and staff, technology, transport and estates. 

Understanding the importance of innovation in approach and the ability to develop and deliver transformational plans for continued service improvement is of critical importance.

With over 900,000 calls for service and new crime types emerging, future policing plans must adapt to meet the diverse needs of the community and new demands. As Chief Constable you will work collaboratively with relevant agencies and partners within the criminal justice system to reduce crime, bring offenders to justice, improve community safety, protect those who are most vulnerable and help build a safe and peaceful society through policing with the community.

This high profile position requires an individual who will be able to command high levels of trust and confidence within the service and with the public. You will be comfortable and confident in building strong relationships, influencing others and in presenting and representing the PSNI position on organisational issues.

The PSNI is subject to a wide range of oversight and scrutiny. You will primarily be accountable to the Policing Board on all aspects of policing and we will work closely with you, and your leadership team, on ensuring the delivery of an effective and efficient policing service for everyone in Northern Ireland.

The job will be challenging but rewarding. It offers the opportunity for you to lead a service that is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for its high policing standards. This is an exciting opportunity to build on the achievements of the PSNI and shape the service for future years.

As a Board we want our policing service to be representative of the community it serves. We welcome applications from all chief officers who believe they possess the range of skills, abilities and capabilities for this key post. Applications are particularly welcome from the Roman Catholic community, women and members of Black and Minority Ethnic Groups, as they are currently under-represented at senior levels in the PSNI.

Appointment to this key role will be based solely on the key principles of merit, fairness, openness and transparency.

Further information about this role is available from the links below.

The competition will close on TUESDAY 7 MAY 2019 AT 12 noon.

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Chief Constable’s Reference