Deputy Chief Constable - Ministry of Defence Police

Ministry of Defence

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 11th June 2023



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Job grade

SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

This role is being offered on a 3-year fixed term basis. The role is also available on secondment for two-years - an extension may be available subject to further approval.

Business area

MOD - Head Office & Corporate Services

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time

Number of jobs available



This role will be based at MDP HQ based at RAF Wyton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. It is expected that you must attend Wyton on average 3 days per week, and the role will also require regular travel to MOD Head Office, London and MDP stations across the UK.

Job summary

The Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) protects some of the nation’s most important defence assets including the nuclear deterrent and broader critical national infrastructure. Working as Deputy Chief Constable is an opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the Chief Officer Group, supporting the Chief Constable in providing oversight of all Force activities, ensuring delivery and scrutiny are applied to the policing operation. 

The role will require effective leadership of your portfolio responsibilities and contribute to the overall leadership of the Force. This includes:

  • Leadership and Co-ordination of the portfolios of Force Operations Delivered through the portfolios held by the Assistant Chief Constables.
  • Professional Standards (Force Appropriate Authority).
  • Performance of the Force.
  • Deputising for the Chief Constable as required.
  • Strategic Development.
  • Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO).

Job description

The current responsibilities of the role include:

  • Providing operational leadership, authorising, advising on and directing operations and organisational development as required. 
  • As a permanent member of the Chief Officer Group, contributing to the development, communication and implementation of strategies and decisions.
  • Providing leadership and management of performance within your allocated portfolio area, in accordance with agreed timelines, reviewing, monitoring, and taking appropriate action when deficiencies are identified.
  • Representing MDP at portfolio and management required meetings external to the Force, to ensure appropriate engagement with stakeholders.
  • Representing MDP nationally on National Police Chiefs’ Council business matters to ensure interests and requirements of the Force are met.
  • Ensuring, as appropriate, that the Force are fully compliant in discharging any statutory responsibilities.
  • Promoting and ensuring the highest standards of integrity, professional conduct, and equality throughout the MDP.
  • Promoting diversity, equality of opportunity and fair treatment in your leadership style and management approach.
  • Meeting the specific statutory and legal obligations of the post.

Person specification

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate their experience and skills against the following essential criteria:

  • Worked within the Policing environment at Chief Officer level within the past 3 years.
  • Provide substantial evidence of extensive operational policing experience across a broad range of areas, including planning and commanding critical and serious incidents.
  • Have an understanding of relevant policies and Authorised Professional Practice especially in the area of Firearms.
  • Have experience of leading and managing change across a wide area of responsibility that had implications and impact on other portfolio holders.
  • Provide evidence of success in working with internal and external stakeholders to develop Force initiatives and partnerships.
  • Successfully completed the Strategic Command Course.

Upon recruitment, the successful candidate will also need to complete or provide evidence of the following through onboarding:

  • Pass the Force fitness test on recruitment (currently min 5.4 on the bleep test) and thereafter annually.
  • Undergo and pass drug and alcohol testing and thereafter, including being part of the random drug and alcohol testing programme.
  • Will hold a full UK Driving License.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Selection process details

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process accessed via the advertisement listed for this role. This should be completed no later than 23:55 on Sunday 11th June 2023 and will involve providing the two documents outlined below via the Civil Service Jobs portal:

  • CV (no more than 2 pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
  • Personal Statement (no more than 2 pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

For further information about the role and full application process, please refer to the candidate pack attached below. If you wish to receive any material in a different format for accessibility, then please contact

Candidate Drop-In Session

We will be offering an online Q&A session on Thursday 8th June at 10:00 – 11:00 to provide an overview of the role and welcome any questions you may have. Candidates can access the meeting by clicking here.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
This role has a minimum assignment duration of 3 years. An assignment duration is the period of time a Senior Civil Servant is expected to remain in the same post to enable them to deliver on the agreed key business outcomes. The assignment duration also supports your career through building your depth of expertise.

As part of accepting this role you will be agreeing to the expected assignment duration set out above. This will not result in a contractual change to your terms and conditions. Please note this is an expectation only, it is not something which is written into your terms and conditions or indeed which the employing organisation or you are bound by. It will depend on your personal circumstances at a particular time and business needs, for example, would not preclude any absence like family friendly leave. It is nonetheless an important expectation, which is why we ask you to confirm you agree to the assignment duration set out above.


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Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

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The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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Contact point for applicants

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