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Chief Officer

Deputy Chief Constable - Dorset Police

Dorset Police Headquarters, Winfrith.

Please contact ACO Jo Mosley on 01202 223710 or jo.mosley@dorset.pnn.police.uk for further information regarding the salary package.

Dorset Police is looking for a new Deputy Chief Constable to join one of the highest performing police forces in the United Kingdom.  Applications are invited from internal and external qualified officers on promotion or officers who wish to transfer to Dorset Police on a level transfer.

Dorset Police covers a hugely diverse geographic area, from the dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast to rolling hills inland. Within Dorset we police Bournemouth & Poole, an urban area larger than most British cities, and many towns and villages. In addition, Dorset is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, with millions of visitors coming every year to enjoy the spectacular scenery and sandy beaches. This makes policing in Dorset a unique challenge but one that our staff rise to with courage and pride.

As Deputy Chief Constable of Dorset Police, you will be fully committed to public service and key values, transparency, impartiality, and integrity. You will inspire officers and staff to achieve and drive the vision across the Dorset organisation and the strategic alliance with Devon and Cornwall Police, whilst still delivering on local policing priorities. Working within a fast paced, agile, and future focused executive team, you will be able to make a difference and make Dorset one of the safest counties to live in.

You will require proven leadership skills in challenging elements of operational policing, evidencing work and influence across significant boundaries or experience within regional and national context. You will also require an outstanding track record in successfully improving the full range of police performance on a sustained basis and strong evidence of managing resources efficiently and effectively.




All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements detailed below:

  • Have successfully completed the Senior Police National Assessment Centre (SPNAC) and the Strategic Command Course (SCC).
  • Overseas applicants must meet the immigration requirements to live and work in the UK

Please send your completed application forms to:

alliance-policeofficerpostingsandpromotions@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk by Monday 1st November 2021


For further details about the role and process please view the information booklet provided below.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in any further detail, please do not hesitate to contact Staff Officer Emma Knipe on 01202 223802 to arrange a mutually convenient date and time.

We look forward to receiving your application.


Special Constabulary – Chief Officer

Location: Dorset

Dorset Police is looking for a new Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary to join one of the highest performing Police Services in the United Kingdom. The Special Constabulary is an integral part of policing in Dorset. 

The Special Constabulary are trained volunteers who work with and support their local police. Special Constables have the same policing powers as regular officers and come from all walks of life. They volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month, forming a vital link between the police and the local community

Our Special Constables take part in frontline policing work, from patrolling the streets supporting colleagues covering the night-time economy, working within dedicated teams such as No Excuse and County Line or working on response squads, dealing with immediate risks to life or property. Officers working within Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be involved in intelligence-based patrols in crime hotspots or taking part in crime-prevention initiatives.

As Chief Officer you will be the executive lead for the Special Constabulary. Reporting to the Assistant Chief Constable, you will possess excellent leadership skills, creativity and a willingness to give up your time to support Dorset’s communities.  You will assist in the strategic planning and development of the Special Constabulary. You will have experience of working at a strategic level, liaising with partners/stakeholders. You will also have experience of managing teams, ideally management of teams of volunteers.

You will be fully committed to public service and key values, transparency, impartiality and integrity. You will inspire the Special Constabulary and others to achieve and drive the vision across the organisation whilst helping to deliver on local policing priorities to continue to make Dorset one of the safest counties to live, work and visit.

As the Chief Officer you will demonstrate strong values and driven leadership and the ability to motivate and inspire others. You will work closely with the leadership teams of the Dorset Police to ensure the Special Constabulary provides a professional, effective and efficient service to communities and helping the force achieve its mission and objectives.

Please ensure that your application provides evidence of all the essential experience and specialist skills and knowledge as detailed below, as the short-listing process will be assessed against these criteria:

  • Proven experience in managing or supervising teams. Ideally experience in the management of teams in the voluntary sector.
  • Ability to apply or devise problem solving methodologies or specialised concepts and methods of analysis (or commission them from others), to clarify and/or solve multifaceted and complex problems
  • Skilled in planning and objective setting to medium and long-term cycles, coordinating a complex range of activities and balancing competing needs
  • An understanding of the Special Constabulary National Strategy and how you will drive this forward in Dorset Special Constabulary.

Please be aware, if you are not a serving special constable you will be required to complete the training and attest as a special constable.  Attestation is the oath taken by a constable in England and Wales.

Dorset Police have a strong commitment to equality and diversity both within the organisation and in the service we provide. We strive for a representative workforce that reflects the communities we serve. In order to provide a high level of service, we encourage applications from underrepresented groups and we are proud to pursue a policy of ‘Positive Action’ in an attempt to achieve this. For further information please click on the link Positive Action

For more information about this rewarding voluntary role please register your interest for our engagement event here

Please send your completed application forms to dp-citizensinpolicingrecruitment@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Closing date for applications: 22nd November 2021

Shortlisting will take place: 24th - 26th November 2021  

Assessment and Interview will take place week commencing 13th December 2021

If you would like to discuss the role please contact Chief Inspector Lindsay Dudfield, Force Prevention Lead via email Lindsay.Dudfield@Dorset.pnn.Police.UK


We look forward to receiving your application.