Assistant Chief Constable 2023 ​ ​

Salary: The annual salary for this post is £115,026 to £129,600


Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine is looking to appoint into two Assistant Chief Constable positions,  seeking progressive and innovative leaders with a passion to bring new ideas to Northumbria Police.   

We are looking for someone that can lead by example.  Your ability to engage and inspire the workforce will be key to the delivery of a culture that promotes and enables diversity and wellbeing.

Behind our high performing culture are our high performing people.  We believe that by creating a supportive and inclusive culture and promoting positive wellbeing, we can make Northumbria Police a truly great place to work, where people want to perform and be their best.  This is an exciting time to be part of Northumbria Police.


As Assistant Chief Constable you will play a pivotal role in helping Northumbria Police grow and build on public and organisational confidence whilst developing and nurturing future talent to support change and transformation to deliver an effective policing service.


Behind our high performing culture are our high performing people.  This is a unique opportunity to work within a driven and ambitious executive team that deliver a positive leadership culture striving for sustained improvement within a supportive environment.


We are proud of who we are and what we do.


Why choose Northumbria?


With two culture packed cities, award-winning coastlines and vast un-spoilt countryside on the doorstep, Northumbria offers an amazing place to live and work.

Our teams are loyal and enthusiastic, driven to provide an outstanding service to the communities of Northumbria Police. It is for this reason we put our people first.

We continue to invest in infrastructure that will transform our processes – from people systems to a new, force-wide communications, information and intelligence platform. 

At Northumbria we are proud to say we have previously been named as a top performing force for victim satisfaction and community confidence.

You will have a demonstrable track record of successfully working at an executive level, ensuring effective and supportive leadership for officers’ staff and volunteers.


Who are you?


You’ll already be operating as a highly effective leader, equipped with the strategic and political acumen to contribute to our future development.

You’re experienced in leading business change with a sophisticated level of critical thinking, consistently looking beyond the obvious and exploring alternatives.

You’ll be able to demonstrate your ability to quickly establish credibility with staff, partners and our communities.

You’ve the skills and behaviours to foster a culture where our workforce feels valued, listened to and empowered.

You will be adept in handling the media, with the necessary depth and breadth of operational experience.


Eligibility criteria

To apply for this role applicants must be one of the following:

  • Substantive Assistant Chief Constable
  • Chief Superintendent/Superintendent who has passed PNAC and Senior Command Course
  • Chief Superintendent/Superintendent currently undertaking the new Executive Leaders Programme (Intake 1), who would be appointed on a temporary basis before being confirmed as substantive upon successful completion of the new programme.
  • Chief Superintendent/Superintendent assessed and supported by own force to attend a future cohort of the Executive Leadership Programme (within 12 months), who would be appointed on a temporary basis before being confirmed as substantive upon successful completion of the new programme.

Application process and timeline


Candidates are encouraged to have an informal discussion regarding this role with Deputy Chief Constable Debbie Ford. You can reach DCC Ford on 0191 4375017, or via email at

There will be opportunities to visit the force and engage with key stakeholders. Candidates should contact our Resourcing Advisor David Tuthill at or on 07925037182.

Successful candidates will be invited to participate in the following selection process: 

Psychometric Assessment – shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in a psychometric and personality profile exercise.

Stakeholder Panel – Comprising of external Stakeholders. Candidates should note that this panel will not be scored, feedback will be provided to the appointment panel as we value the perspectives of our partners and communities.

Presentation and Interview - will comprise of an assessed presentation and interview with the appointment panel.

Advert Closing date: 8th October 2023

Familiarisation events: 11th September to 8th October 2023

Psychometric assessment: 16th to 20th October 2023

Stakeholder event: 6th November 2023

Presentation and interview: 7th November 2023



Please preview the candidate information brochure for further information Candidate Information Brochure.


Northumbria Police fully supports a policy of equal opportunities and we welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates from all sections of the community, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, disability or age.

Assistant Chief Constable 2023 ​ ​