Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today started the search for a new Deputy.
Jane Kennedy has launched a recruitment drive to find an “experienced and dedicated public servant” to take up the role of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.
The successful candidate will work alongside the Commissioner to deliver her Police and Crime Plan for Merseyside and be able to deputise for her when necessary, while also holding a portfolio focusing on victim care and community safety.
Under the terms of the legislation which dictates how PCCs operate, Jane could make a personal appointment to the Deputy position, but she has chosen to advertise the role and carry out independently-observed interviews in order to increase the openness and transparency of the selection process.
The Commissioner is inviting applications for the role from today until 5pm on Friday, 14th July, with interviews being held on Monday 24th July. The interviews will be led by the Commissioner and her Chief Executive Clive Howarth, and will be independently observed by a member of the body which scrutinises the Commissioner’s work, the Police and Crime Panel and a HR specialist from Merseyside Police.
Following the interview process, Jane will notify the Police and Crime Panel of her preferred candidate and they, in turn, will carry out a confirmation hearing in September to review the appointment.
Jane said: This is an exciting opportunity for someone who shares my passion to build stronger and safer communities in Merseyside. I am looking for an experienced and dedicated public servant who wishes to influence the delivery of policing in Merseyside and is committed to keeping our region a safe and great place to work, live and visit.
“This is a demanding, public-facing role and I will expect the successful candidate to travel the length and breadth of Merseyside representing my office, engaging with local people and partners, while building and strengthening public confidence. I am searching for a Deputy who has knowledge of the policing and criminal justice system, but an individual who also has a good understanding of victim care and a track record of working in partnership for the greater good of the community.
“This is not an easy job, but the successful application will be in a unique position to scrutinise the police, influence key partners and help make a difference to communities across Merseyside. I am looking for an individual who cares about our region and is dedicated to helping improve the lives of vulnerable people.
“I want to recruit the very best individual possible and I am looking forward to reviewing the applications I receive as part of this open and transparent selection process.”
Although being a member of the Labour Party is not a requirement for the role, candidates will be expected to share Jane’s values and principles. The successful applicant will also be required to pass a vetting check and must meet all the statutory requirements of the Deputy PCC within the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.
The role is being on offered on a fixed term contract for year, working three days a week, with a salary of £31,800 per annum, the equivalent of the Deputy Mayor Special Responsibility Allowance within Liverpool City Council.
Could you be Jane's next Deputy?
Take a look at the advert below:
Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Jane Kennedy is seeking a Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC) to work alongside her delivering her Police and Crime Plan for the people of Merseyside. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and dedicated public servant who wishes to influence the delivery of policing in Merseyside and is committed to keeping our region a safe and great place to work, live and visit.
The successful candidate will be politically aware and astute, and be able to provide strategic advice and insight on a wide range of topics, supporting the PCC in her role as the bridge between the public and their police. You will be prepared to travel the length and breadth of Merseyside acting as Jane’s representative, engaging with local people and partners to seek their views, while also building and strengthening public confidence.
The DPCC will be responsible for championing the PCC’s work to provide the best possible care and support for victims of crime to help them cope and recover, driving forward the commissioning of vital support services and overseeing the Victim Care Merseyside service. As such, knowledge and understanding of victim care and a track record of working in partnership for the greater good of the community are essential.
You should also have:
- Knowledge of the policing and criminal justice system;
- Extensive experience either in the public sector or the VSCE sector;
- Demonstrable public speaking and media handling skills;
- Political astuteness
- Knowledge of partner organisations in Merseyside and nationally;
- Ability to network, build relationships with and engage with a wide variety of stakeholders including MPs, and councillors;
- Understanding of, and links into, the diverse communities of Merseyside.
The PCC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. This post is a political appointment and, as such, candidates will be expected to share Jane’s visions and values.
For further information contact the PCC’s Chief Executive Clive Howarth on 0151 777 5188.
The closing date for applications is Friday, 14th July.
Interviews will be held on Monday 24th July.
You will be required to pass a vetting check prior to being appointed and must meet all the statutory requirements of the DPCC within the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. The successful candidate will also be subject to a Confirmation Hearing held by the Police and Crime Panel for Merseyside. This appointment is on a one-year fixed term contract.
To review the Job Description Questionnaire and Person Specification and apply for this job please click here.