Job Application - Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland

01 November 2021

Job summary

Circa. £120K
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
14 November 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Fixed Term Appointment - Fair and Open



Applications are invited from suitably qualified professionals for the role of Chief Inspector, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland.


This role is one of the most significant, high profile and influential leadership roles in Scottish policing.

The successful applicant will lead Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland (HMICS) in looking at the state, effectiveness and efficiency of Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority, and  their meeting of obligations in terms of best value and continuous improvement in policing.

As Chief Inspector you will be responsible for leading the work of the Inspectorate and for ensuring that the resources available to it are used efficiently and cost effectively.  You will be responsible for planning and leading an annual programme of self-assessment and inspection, recognising the importance of high quality policing to communities throughout Scotland and in so doing you will promote the sharing of good practice and joint learning opportunities identified through the outcomes of the work of HMICS.

The post plays a key role in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in Scotland, promoting and driving continuous improvement and providing a source of professional advice.  In so doing it will contribute towards Scotland’s National Performance Framework and its national outcomes.

HMICS Scrutiny Plan 2021-22 outlines their current strategic priorities, which include ongoing Thematic, Audit, Assurance and Collaborative Reviews with a focus on subject areas of policing where scrutiny can add value.

This plan is developed following dialogue with members of the public and key stakeholders, as well as information gained from previous inspections. It is under constant review and is designed to be flexible to adapt to emerging issues.


This is a three year fixed term and pensionable Senior Civil Service (SCS1) appointment. Relocation expenses may be available.

Further information is available through the candidate pack attached to the advert. If you would like to know more about the recruitment and selection process or if you require any reasonable adjustments please contact Diane Kinnaird in the Scottish Government Senior Staffing Team.  (


Applications are invited by midnight on 14 November 2021 using the APPLY button below.  You will need to register your details, complete the online application form, download and complete a separate supporting statement form and send your CV to us.  Please send the CV and supporting statement to quoting reference IRC 89761.

Please note, that in order to progress to the next stage of the process, your supporting statement should clearly demonstrate thorough examples on how you meet all of the essential criteria outlined in the candidate pack.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce, which reflects the people of Scotland. 


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