Promotions - Chief Inspector (external)

Chief Inspector
Full & Part Time



Applications are invited from substantive Inspectors, temporary Inspectors who will be substantive Inspectors by January 2021, and acting Chief Inspectors who wish to apply for promotion to the rank of Chief Inspector, and Chief Inspectors seeking level transfer to fill a number of vacancies throughout Thames Valley Police.

All applications must be submitted online via the Thames Valley Police website. The online advert includes all relevant documents and guidance. Please read through these carefully.

The Application must include:

  1. A two page ‘Why Me, Why Now’ letter, evidencing against the Step up to Chief Inspector process. This process is linked with the CVF behaviours at level 2. This should be set out as a formal letter with the applicants' work address on the top right side, addressed to the Chief Constable, and signed off by the applicant.
  2. Last full closed PDR, including CPD
  3. LPA/Department  Commander endorsement form
  4. Previous Feedback if you have been unsuccessful at a previous application

Shortlisting is subject to the number of applications received. Board interviews will be held from the week commencing 16th November 2020.

The successful candidates will be promoted into a pool to ensure sufficient resources for current and anticipated vacancies over the forthcoming 12 months.

Applicants are reminded that they are applying for promotion within Thames Valley and a degree of flexibility is expected in terms of postings.

The closing date for receipt of eligible supported applications is 2355 on Sunday 25th October 2020

Positive Action

To truly reflect the diverse communities we serve, we are keen to recruit more officers from Black, Asian, and other minority backgrounds. If you are from an underrepresented background and feel you would benefit from additional support, please contact the Promotions team at as we can facilitate you with a mentor through the process.  You can also speak to Nita Pankhania, Business Partner (Diversity and Inclusion) or DS Marcia Hardy (Positive Action and Engagement Team) who will be happy to provide support. 

Adjusted Duties/Reasonable adjustments

Adjusted duties officers who feel the role may be suitable with reasonable adjustments, are welcome to apply.  Each Officer will be assessed on a case by case basis. If you are unsure of which category you fall under or need support please contact your Employment and Wellbeing advisor for more information.

If you as a candidate consider you require reasonable adjustments to be made due to a learning difficulty (or any other reason), please let the Promotion Team know at the point of application so that the relevant support can be identified and put in place

For further queries, please contact Promotions or telephone the recruitment team on 01865 845 587


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.