Senior Appointments – Chief Operating Officer

Senior Appointments – Chief Operating Officer


Introduction from our Chief Constable

Thank you for your interest in developing your career with Lancashire Constabulary. We believe in individuality, diversity, and initiative – people who can be counted on – not simply counted.

We have a fantastic force of over 5,500 officers and staff, all sharing a passion and determination for keeping Lancashire’s people safe.  Here at Lancashire Constabulary we are committed to a nationally recognised set of behaviours and values. All employees who join the team believe in a common code of ethics and are dedicated to demonstrating all that this entails and creating an inclusive and open-minded workforce that reflects our local communities. Serving our public respectfully and fairly with integrity and transparency is at the heart of everything we do as reflected in our Vision and Values;

Our Vision –  Preventing and fighting crime. Keeping our communities and people safe.

Our Values – We’re professional, accountable, and united. And we do everything with respect.

We are extremely fortunate in Lancashire to be in the very safe hands of an exceptional team of chief officers and senior staff who possess an enormous range of skills and experience between them. Each has their own areas of expertise, and together they strive to ensure our constabulary is the best it can be.

If you are interested in joining this team and resonate with our values, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Chris Rowley

Chief Constable


Why Lancashire?

Founded in 1839, Lancashire Constabulary covers an area of 1,189 square miles. The county has a population of nearly 1.5 million people with a rich diversity of communities, all with specific policing needs. Serving them is demanding and challenging but incredibly rewarding. We enjoy one of the most diverse and interesting regions in the UK, and no day is the same.

The constabulary is split into three divisions, West, South and East and our Headquarters is based in Hutton, Preston, with our Dogs and Mounted section nearby. Each division is run by a Chief Superintendent. To accommodate our workforce of just over 5,500 people we have an extensive network of locations across the county.

To ensure we fulfil our commitment to policing Lancashire, we have a very special workforce made up of over 3,000 Police Officers and 2,500 Police Staff – of which 290 are PCSOs and 460 Special Constabulary Officers, Police Cadets and Community Volunteers.

Our force covers a hugely diverse geographic area, from coastal towns, including Blackpool and Morecambe, to the buzz of our large towns, city centres, and rural communities too.

Lancashire has a £30.8bn economy, 1.5m residents, 732,000 jobs and 53,000 businesses. There is a large visitor economy worth £4.4bn, attracting almost 69m visitors annually.

By joining Lancashire Police you will become part of a force which is as wonderfully diverse as the geography. We have renewed our commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion and formalised the strategic priorities in the strategy below;

Daily Demands…

Just 19% of our calls for service are crime-related. 81% is everything else, 33% of which relates to concerns for safety and of that 20% relates to mental health.

Mobile Phone Received 664 999 calls and 2315 non-emergency calls
Make 83 arrest 3 of which are for sexual offences
Have 344 crimes reported
Deal with House15 burglaries
Carry out 30 stop & searches
Deal with 195 anti-social behaviour incidents
Submit 35 vulnerable adult and 34 vulnerable child referrals 4 of which are CSE related
Support 3610 families enrolled in the troubled families programme
Deal with 105 violent crimes
Attend 10 road traffic collisions
Deal with 128 thefts
Responded to 19 missing person reports

The Opportunity

Chief Operating Officer

You will benefit from;

Salary £105,600 – £119,220

Fleet car

Company pension

Generous annual leave entitlement

Applications close at 12noon on Monday 6th December 2021.

We are searching for an innovative and forward-thinking Chief Operating Officer to lead and deliver outstanding support functions that are critical to the effectiveness and delivery of services for the Constabulary.

Responsible to the Deputy Chief Constable, the Chief Operating Officer will provide inspirational leadership for developing and delivering the following professional organisational departments;

  • Finance and Business support
  • HR, Workforce Planning and Learning & Development
  • Estate and buildings
  • Information Management
  • ICT
  • Vehicle fleet

This is your opportunity to drive the strategic direction of the force as a key member of the Chief Officer Group.  You will be a champion of organisational change, deliver improved results to increase productivity and efficiency and ultimately provide inspirational leadership and direction to the workforce, modelling the values and behaviours set out in the College of Policing’s Code of Ethics.

We are openminded on your professional background, and value your proven track record and expertise in developing and implementing direction and strategy. In our aim to deliver the highest standards of service to the public of Lancashire with the resources available, you will provide strategic leadership for and take ownership of force budgets, financial planning, and reporting.

Based at Hutton Headquarters near Preston Lancashire, this role is full time with flexible hours available.  There will be some travel throughout the county, North West and nationally expected as part of this role.  You will benefit from a fleet car, company pension (details can be found here and generous annual leave entitlement.

Chief Constable, Chris Rowley, is available for an informal discussion about the role and he can be contacted via Chief Inspector, Chris Hardy, by emailing [email protected].

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to join us for a familiarisation day on Thursday 16th December ahead of interviews and presentations taking place on Monday 20th December 2021.


Our ideal candidate will

  • Provide expert advice, guidance and support to the Chief Officer Team.
  • Drive an effective and efficient service provision across the Force for all support functions by fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Determine appropriate response and actions to national and regional initiatives.
  • Ensure that risks to the Force which may affect its ability to provide business as usual now or in the future are identified and escalated in line with risk management principles.
  • Inspire others by leading positive cultural change across the workforce and be a role model for staff regarding diversity, equality, and inclusion. 
  • Promote and provide coaching and mentoring to support colleagues as required.
  • Represent the force on a national and regional basis.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered you MUST meet all of the eligibility criteria:

  • Degree level qualification.
  • Evidence of continued professional development.
  • Understanding of relevant business functions outlined.
  • Substantial proven leadership experience.
  • Experience of leading and delivering organisational change.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with partners.
  • Other eligibility criteria applies as set out in person specification

Chief Operating Officer Application Process

Applications close at 12 noon on Monday 6th December 2021.

Chief Constable, Chris Rowley, is available for an informal discussion about the role and he can be contacted via Chief Inspector, Chris Hardy, by calling 01772 412 218 or by email [email protected].

This role is required to operate at Level 3 in the Competency Values Framework (CVF).  More information about the CVF can be found here.

The process of shortlisting will take place shortly after applications close.  You will be notified of your application outcome before close of business on Friday 10th December via the online recruitment portal where you submitted your application.

There is an opportunity to attend a familiarisation session to be held on the morning of Thursday 16th December at Headquarters in Hutton, near Preston..  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend,.

The interview will take place on Monday 20th December 2021. 

The interview panel will consist of Chief Constable Chris Rowley, Deputy Chief Constable Sacha Hatchett, Senior Human Resources representative and Assistant Chief Officer at Humberside Police ,Nancie Shackleton.

Candidates will be required to undertake a  presentation and interview, the presentation topic will be sent to those candidates successful at the shortlisting stage.

We will notify you of the outcome of the final interview shortly after all the interviews have taken place.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake background checks including a medical assessment via our occupational health and wellbeing department and enhanced vetting checks prior to any formal offer of appointment being made