Search For New Chief Constable Begins

The Scottish Police Authority is seeking an exceptional leader to take forward the next phase of police service transformation in Scotland.

The Chief Constable will be responsible for delivering excellent local and specialist policing to 5.3 million people, from growing cities to small islands, and for annual resources of close to £1 billion.

Launching the recruitment campaign to find the next Chief Constable, Andrew Flanagan, Chair of the SPA said:  “From today, candidates to be Police Scotland’s next Chief Constable have the opportunity to throw their hat into the ring.

“The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) is seeking an exceptional leader to take forward the next phase of police service transformation in Scotland.
“With homicide rates at their lowest levels and recorded crime at a 41 year low, the new Chief will have a strong platform on which to develop innovative solutions to the prevention and detection of crime.

“Of course there are challenges too. Our police workforce has spoken recently about their experience of the new policing arrangements. There are things we need to improve.

“So I want the new Chief to develop a working environment that will inspire and energise officers and staff to deliver services in new and flexible ways, and with the active participation of local communities.

“All those shortlisted for the job can expect to be challenged on how they would personally address the central issues within the recent workforce survey.

“This is a job that is under a bright and sustained public spotlight. That comes with the territory but it brings opportunities too.

“I am looking for someone to positively use that place in the public eye. To become one of the most influential public sector leaders in Scotland and champion the kind of partnerships that really improve outcomes for people. 

“From growing cities to small islands, Scotland is a country of contrasts. So the new Chief will be expected to embrace and engage with that diversity, and set the standard for the service in terms of accountability and responsiveness to those it serves.

“It is a career-defining post that challenges and rewards in equal measure. I expect to announce the new man or woman to lead the service by early December.”