Detective Chief Superintendent Head Of Crime (External Applicants)

Detective Chief Superintendent
Full Time

The Senior Appointments Board has decided to seek applications for the post of Head of Crime. Applications are invited from substantive Chief Superintendents who wish to be considered for the role.

Head of Crime

The Head of Crime for Thames Valley Police is the professional lead for investigation in the largest non-metropolitan force in the country.  Responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the investigation of homicide, serious violence, rape and serious sexual offences, serious acquisitive crime, domestic abuse and child abuse, it is a position of great organisational and public significance.  The successful applicant will be privileged to lead the Endeavour programme to make TVP outstanding at investigation, oversee extremely challenging cases and participate in the strategic leadership of TVP beyond the Crime portfolio.   

Potential Application

In the first instance, potential candidates should discuss their application with their respective Chief Officer in the light of current performance, career development plans and feedback from previous applications. You may also wish to discuss the role with the DCC, Jason Hogg or ACC Crime and Criminal Justice, Tim De Meyer.

 Summary of Application Requirements

1. Covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) addressing the question ‘why me, why now’ and outlining your motivation and suitability for the role applied for. Your evidence should also relate to the behaviours included in the Competency and Values Framework (CVF):

  •  we are emotionally aware
  • we take ownership
  • we are collaborative
  • we deliver, support and inspire
  • we analyse critically
  • we are innovative and open minded


2. Comment from your Chief Officer Line Manager on your suitability for appointment to the role applied for (form attached)

3. Career History and Qualifications

4. Most recent PDR


Selection Process

The Selection Panel will comprise John Campbell, Chief Constable; Tim De Meyer, Assistant Chief Constable Crime and Criminal Justice and Amanda Cooper, Chief Information Officer. Steven Chase, Director of People, will also be present.

Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the written application.

Candidates will be asked to give a 10 minute presentation, following a 45 minute preparation period.

The presentation will be followed by an interview which will address issues raised in the presentation before exploring wider topics.

The Panel will be making their assessment against the behaviours included in the CVF.

 The Selection Panel will take place on Wednesday 11 December 2019.


Further information and an application pack can be obtained from Chantelle Young, Executive Support and Research Advisor (People) on 01865 309359 or by e-mail,

If you are interested, you should submit your application to your Chief Officer to allow completion of the Chief Officer reference (copy attached). Fully completed applications must be submitted by email to Chantelle Young, by noon on Friday 29 November 2019.



Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here


All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Thames Valley Police serves diverse communities; to truly reflect this, we are keen to recruit people from Black, Asian and other minority backgrounds. We value the knowledge and experiences that individuals bring from different cultures and welcome any contributions that can enhance the services we deliver to the public.

We believe in investing in all of our people, and run tailored Positive Action Initiatives to support our colleagues from underrepresented backgrounds in their personal and professional development, ensuring everyone has a level playing field to succeed, progress and feel fulfilled in their careers.

This opportunity is closed to applications.