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Chief Constable recruitment advertisement

On behalf of the communities of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez is seeking an exceptional leader as the new Chief Constable of police.

On behalf of the communities of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez is seeking an exceptional leader as the new Chief Constable of police.

Devon and Cornwall is one of the safest places in the country to live and I want to ensure that we continue to keep our communities safe and provide high quality services which police officers, police staff, police volunteers and our communities can be truly proud of.

To support me in achieving this, I am looking for an exceptional, dedicated, ethical and high-performing leader to become our next Chief Constable.

With significant and senior policing experience and a proven track record in delivering positive organisational change and improvements in public confidence and crime fighting – you will lead and shape the future of Devon and Cornwall Police.

Inspirational leader

As an inspirational leader with grip, through proactive and collaborative engagement with the workforce, partner agencies and communities you will bring about a performance culture and visible change that will evidence a real difference to policing and the public we serve. Not fancy elaborate projects but a real focus on getting the basics of policing right including promoting the great efforts that the workforce does every day to keep us safe.

A big role

By doing so you will be applying for one of the biggest roles in policing.

Devon, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly is the largest geographical force area in England, and a two-county force with islands. As a peninsula and a rural, urban, and coastal force we have a unique set of challenges.

Innovative and challenging

Policing here has to be self-sufficient, innovative and challenge the norms. But do not be fooled into thinking that nothing ever happens here.

We experience the same challenges of crime, exploitation, public safety and public confidence as the rest of the UK, and I am seeking a new Chief Constable to lead the Force into the next chapter of our development.

Clear priorities

As a second-term Police and Crime Commissioner I am very clear about the people’s priorities for policing through my Police and Crime Plan 2021-25. The Chief Constable will be crucial to delivering these ambitions in an independent operational capacity.

To do this, the successful candidate will need to offer a strong presence across the Force, be personally resilient, and inject dynamism.

You will have the ability to inspire the workforce and build a culture where leadership, customer service and organisational and personal performance is valued at every level.

Effective and open

Myself and my team enjoy an excellent working relationship with the current Chief Constable and the senior team, and we have a very effective, open, and robust relationship. My team and I would expect nothing less. Transparency and strong governance is at the heart of our shared success.

The role of Chief Constable is pivotal in leading officers and staff creating a vision and establishing a culture that continues to build public and organisational confidence. This will be accomplished by delivering a professional, effective and efficient policing service for all on the things that matter to the public, not just what matters to the police.


Like all police forces Devon and Cornwall does have to respond to the challenges of the changing face of crime and the tough economic environment that we must deliver policing in. Strong financial management means Devon and Cornwall is in a relatively good position and is able to respond to these challenges, though we have long made the case that with more domestic visitors than any other force in England and Wales we are inequitably funded.

Through your strong leadership I expect to see this continue and Devon and Cornwall to remain a safe area.

Working in partnership

We overcome some of these challenges through the strength of our partnership working across all agencies. As the new Chief Constable I will expect you to bring a strong partnership approach and be able to develop and maintain effective relationships to support the work of the force as well as contributing to wider community safety, criminal justice and other relevant agendas. Particularly a partnership within our communities.

Our communities want to be on policing’s side and have a willingness to help fight crime. This must be harnessed in order to stay one of the safest areas in the country.

Alison Hernandez
Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall Police

The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 6 July.

We are offering all interested parties the option to undertake an informal familiarisation visit to Devon and Cornwall Police before any application is submitted. The dates for the visit are 22 and 23 June. If you are interested in taking up this opportunity, please register your interest by emailing

If you are interested in applying for the role, please email to request an application pack.

If you would like an informal discussion about any aspect of the role or recruitment process, please email to arrange a suitable time for a discussion with Fran Hughes, OPCC Chief Executive.