Job application - Associate Inspector

16 June 2022

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) is seeking applications from experienced professionals to fill the role of Associate Inspector.

To excel in this role you will be an analytical thinker who is able to assimilate information quickly, thoroughly and accurately, draw together findings and contribute to reports constructively.  You should have experience in planning, prioritising and managing heavy workloads with minimal supervision.

Our role is to inquire into the state, efficiency and effectiveness of the Police Service of Scotland (Police Scotland) and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), as set out in the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012.

HMICS operates independently of Police Scotland, the SPA and the Scottish Government. We also have a statutory duty to ensure that the Chief Constable and the SPA meet their obligations in terms of best value and continuous improvement.

We recently published our Scrutiny Plan setting out how we will meet our statutory duties and describing scrutiny priorities for 2022-2025. Our approach is to support Police Scotland and the SPA to deliver services that are high quality, continually improving, effective and responsive to local needs. HMICS often works with other inspectorates and agencies across the public sector to share expertise or jointly examine areas where Police Scotland works in partnership with others and contributes to shared outcomes. As a values-led organisation, we conduct our scrutiny activity in a way that is independent, accountable, proportionate, transparent and user-focused.

You will work alongside our Assistant Inspector of Constabulary and/or Lead Inspectors to conduct a range of inspections as set out in our Scrutiny Plan and contribute to key findings, final published reports and recommendations for the improvement of policing across Scotland.

You must be able to secure a sound knowledge and understanding of current issues facing Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority, with the ability to deliver effective, high quality and relevant inspection reports. Candidates will ideally have knowledge and experience of policing and in particular the role of policing with partner agencies.

Within HMICS, Associate Inspectors form part of an skilled cadre whose knowledge and expertise from working across various different organisations are invaluable to the scrutiny of policing. Associates Inspectors may be involved in single agency thematic or assurance work or work alongside other scrutiny bodies.  Experience of conducting high quality professional reviews and inspections in the public service arena and presenting measured, objective and authoritative findings is essential.


• Report to the Lead Inspector/Assistant Inspector of Constabulary.
• Support ongoing assurance work in terms of the inspection of functions within Police Scotland.
• Assist in planning the assurance work, including document requests and reviews and developing key lines of enquiry.
• Advise on the use of the inspection framework, revising and adapting inspection tools.
• Carry out fieldwork, including interviews with key staff and observation of meetings.
• Analyse and contribute to evolving key findings.
• Record and write up findings in line with inspection methodology.
• Contribute to the production of briefings, reports and draft recommendations.
• Participate in follow-up or improvement support work as required.


Analysis and Use of Evidence

Improving Performance

Communications and Engagement

Leading Others

Skills/Experience Required

Essential Criteria

1.  Possess broad public sector experience at decision-maker level and a breadth of knowledge of responsibilities in policing or across other public sector agencies.
2.  Experience of reviewing police or other public body practice and policy and understand how as an organisation policing protects the public.
3.  Experience of communicating and negotiating to ensure that the scrutiny process influences improvement.
4.  Technical knowledge and understanding of inspection processes and framework and how this is applied across various scrutiny bodies.


Location: St Andrews House, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG


HMICS is based at St Andrews House Edinburgh, however, the Associate Inspector positions are home-based with a requirement to attend at St Andrews House when necessary.  The post traditionally involves a degree of flexibility in travel and the ability to work remotely.

Interview and Assessment:  Dates to be confirmed




How to apply: 

To apply for this post, you will need to provide the information requested below via the online application process.

You are invited to apply for this post online by clicking on the 'Apply for this job online' button and fully complete and submit an online application via the website before the closing date using evidence based examples to demonstrate your knowledge/skills. Remember, your answers should be clear, concise and reflect what actions you undertook. You may want to use the STAR(R) approach to respond to each criterion.

Please read the Associate Inspector Personal Spec for further information.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our online portal, please contact the Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898, or by email at


The closing date for Applications is - 28 June 2022


Additional information:

Contract:  This is a 47 month fixed term and pensionable appointment.

Remuneration: £248.83 per day

Working Hours:  The working hours will generally be 0900 -1700 hrs Monday to Friday but are flexible to individual needs.  The hours/days allocated per month will also be flexible and determined upon assessment of demand per inspection area.

For information regarding this post please contact Christina Yule, Email -

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