Condition of Service
CHIEF CONSTABLE of STAFFORDSHIRE
GOVERNING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
This post is offered subject to Police Regulations 2003 and determinations made by the Home Secretary under them, together with any other Laws, Regulations or requirements in force including but not limited to Financial Regulations and the Staffordshire Police Scheme of Delegation. The Officer appointed will be required to carry out all the duties applicable to the post of Chief Constable of Staffordshire, and be accountable to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire (PFCC).
TERMS OF APPOINTMENT
The post will be a fixed term appointment of five years from the date of appointment. Any extension of appointment will be subject to the prevailing regulations. N.B. [An appointment for a fixed term may be extended, by agreement of the person who made the appointment and the person appointed, for a further term of a maximum of three years and for subsequent terms each of a maximum of one year, provided that any extension or subsequent extension which is due to expire more than one year after the expiry of the original fixed term shall require the consent of the Secretary of State.]
The salary will be in accordance with the agreed chief officers’ pay and conditions package. Currently the salary is £156,693 per annum as at 1st September 2020.
The post is eligible for police officer pension in accordance with the scheme in force.
If relevant you will continue to be paid any replacement allowance payable under Regulation 49(7) of the Police (Amendment) Regulations 1990, as amended by recommendation 43 of the Winsor Report.
The leave entitlement shall be:-
- 35 days per annum plus public holidays
- 2 rest days per week.
Members of the Executive Team are entitled to receive a vehicle allowance of £7,000 per annum, paid in monthly instalments. The vehicle purchased will be a personal vehicle and have no connection with the force. Therefore all servicing, maintenance and insuring of the vehicle will be the responsibility of the relevant member of the Executive Team. Claims for business mileage will be reimbursed according to current policies, and you may be eligible to claim.
Essential User Allowance of £103.25 per month if the minimum mileage of 2000 if performing on an On-Call duty rota and 4000 for those not on an On Call duty rota is met.
The PFCC will pay the annual CPOSA insurance premium (excluding any element providing personal legal protection cover for employment matters or removal from office).
WORKING HOURS/WHOLE-TIME SERVICE
The Chief Constable will be contracted to work 40 hours per week and paid on a monthly basis. However, as the post holder will have responsibility relating to heading the service they will be required to be contactable 24 hours per day when not on leave. The role may require the post holder to attend major incidents or other operational events at short notice.
This role will require evening and weekend working including attending meetings and events during these times.
The PFCC supports the undertaking of national work, such as within NPCC and the College of Policing, subject to the work and time commitment being discussed and approved by the PFCC.
The successful candidate will be required to devote their whole-time service to fulfilling the duties of the office of Chief Constable of Staffordshire and shall not take up any other additional appointment without the prior written consent of the PFCC.
RESTRICTIONS ON PRIVATE LIFE
In addition to the prohibition of business interests (see force guidance) there are certain restrictions on the private life of a police officer, including the following:
- He/she must avoid at all times any conduct likely to discredit the police service or interfere with the impartial discharge of his/her duties. In particular he/she must not take any active part in politics.
- He/she must promptly settle all debts and, in the case of failure to do so, he/she must report the circumstances to the PFCC.
CODE OF ETHICS AND CODE OF CONDUCT
The PFCC requires the Chief Constable to exemplify the highest standards of behaviour and adhere to: the Code of Ethics; Police Misconduct Regulations and internal force procedures for complaints brought against them.
TEMPORARY ACCOMODATION/RELOCATION EXPENSES/HOUSING ALLOWANCE
The Chief Constable will be required to reside within the force area or close proximity to undertake the full role of the Chief Constable in Staffordshire.
Assistance with temporary accommodation may be provided for a period up to 6 months.
Reasonable relocation expenses will be paid as set out in Police Regulations.
Should any expenses for accommodation/ relocation/expenses or housing allowance be paid and the Chief Constable chooses to leave Staffordshire Police the expenses or allowances would be repaid as follows:
- within 1 year from appointment 75%
- within 2 years from appointment 50%
- within 3 years from appointment 25%
Staffordshire Police staff, including Police Officers, are responsible for complying with the force travel guidance.
UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT
All articles of uniform and equipment required for the performance of police duty are provided for by Staffordshire Police. Such articles must be returned to the force when leaving.
PERFORMANCE AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW
The appointment will include a regular performance/development appraisal by the PFCC. A programme of professional development for the Chief Constable will be agreed by the PFCC, informed by the outcomes of development appraisal and in the light of emerging developments in the nature of policing.
Regardless of length of service, all ranks will receive 183 days full pay followed by a further 183 days half pay, depending on period of absence, before going out of pay. Their right to Statutory Sick Pay and Social Security benefits are unaffected by the Police Sickness Regulations.
The appointment is subject to 3 months’ written notice or shorter notice as may be accepted in writing by the PFCC.
Applicants will be required to undergo Developed Vetting Security Clearance undertaken by the Staffordshire Police Performance & Standards Unit following appointment. Candidates will be vetted prior to appointment.
The appointment is subject to satisfactory medical clearance, which includes drug testing.
The appointment is subject to receipt of two satisfactory references.
The Chief Constable will be required to complete a basic response driving assessment within a reasonable period of their commencement.