Deputy Chief Constable

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Welwyn Garden City (H.Q.)

  • Location

    Welwyn Garden City (H.Q.)

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Community Protection & Defence

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £137,703 per annum plus allowances and relocation package

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    04 June 2021

  • Client

    Hertfordshire Constabulary

Ref: GSe73192






An exciting opportunity has arisen in Hertfordshire Constabulary for a motivated, inspirational and forward-thinking leader to join our Chief Officer Team as a Deputy Chief Constable.

This is a rare opportunity to work with a Force that has a proven track record of driving innovative change whilst continuing to effectively police the diverse and complex challenges the Force area brings. As an ethical leader, you will be key in upholding our organisational values, driving collaborative solutions to challenges and bringing our prevention first strategy to life.

Hertfordshire Constabulary is proud to be a force with a strong track of record of innovation, whilst celebrating community engagement and delivering policing success in a diverse county. We are proud of our high levels of public confidence; we value neighbourhood policing, problem solving, being victim centric whilst also having an impressive track record in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. We are particularly proud of our committed and empowered workforce and all they do for our communities.

Hertfordshire has deep collaboration with neighbouring Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire forces, with approximately one third of the force’s staff and officers working within collaborated units. Sustaining the strong and productive working relationships across the alliance, including with the Police & Crime Commissioners, their teams and partner organisations will be a key aspect of this role. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate they are an exceptional team player who has excellent stakeholder management skills, experience of working with other criminal justice and partner agencies, and the ability to work effectively within a collaborative structure.

You will support the Chief Constable and, amongst a broad portfolio, will be responsible for Organisational Learning, Corporate Communications and Legal Services. 

Applicants must have passed the Strategic Command Course and be able to demonstrate a breadth of operational leadership experience, as well as experience of leading on major programmes. A good understanding of HR and Finance is also required. All applicants will be selected on an equal basis that determines their suitability for the post.

Hertfordshire Constabulary is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to attracting candidates from across a diverse range of backgrounds to reflect the communities it serves.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
09.00 Friday 21st May 2021

Longlist Meeting
w/c 24th May 2021

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
w/c 24th May 2021

Shortlist Meeting
w/c 7th June 2021

Advisory Stakeholder Panel
w/c 14th June 2021

Final Panel Interviews
w/c 21st June 2021

How to apply


The successful candidate will be selected based on a combination of your video and written application, psychometric evaluation and panel interview linked to the Police Competency Values Framework (CVF). 

Register your details and then submit the following to us no later than 09:00hrs on Monday 17th May 2021:

1. A CV setting out your career history, highlighting your key responsibilities and achievements in your current and previous roles.

2. Answer the specific competency-based questions outlined at i. to iii. Below. (Written responses should be capped at 400 words per answer and can be submitted in a single document):

i.   Workforce engagement/motivating teams.

How do you ensure every member of your team is the best that they can be and feels recognised and valued?

ii.  Partnership working.

What is your approach to fostering successful working partnerships?

iii. Working with the public/engagement.

What does public service mean to you?

3. Video submission: Video presentations are an increasingly important way we communicate with our citizens and staff. With this in mind, as part of the application process, please will you share a 2-minute video file outlining what your top four priorities would be if you got the job/why you feel you are the right person for this role?

As you know, video files tend to be large and if emailing these to is not possible, there is a range of software available online to enable you to share a link to your file with us. These include things like ‘We Transfer’ or ‘Dropbox’, which are free for this level of use. Please feel free to explore an option that works best for you.

Candidates who submit a CV and covering responses only, without a video submission, run the risk of not being considered further. 

For an informal discussion to explore your suitability for the role in more detail, please contact one of our advisors at GatenbySanderson: Peter Guilder: or 07545 441 127 / Kate Merson: or 0207 426 3376



  1. Candidate Information Pack - Deputy Chief Constable.pdf