Chief Constable
Type: Permanent Location: UK Organisation: Ministry of Defence Police


The majority of work will be carried out from MDP HQ based at RAF Wyton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. However, the nature of the role will require regular travel to MOD Head Office, London; operational commands in Bristol and York; nuclear operational centres in Berkshire and in Scotland, and MDP stations across the UK. All work-related travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed in line with departmental policy.

About the job

Overall responsibility for leading the organisation, setting direction and embedding the culture of the police service that together builds on public and organisational confidence and trust, enabling the delivery of an effective and efficient police service.

Job description

Responsible for providing a professional, effective and efficient police service and in doing so, fulfilling all statutory and legal obligations of the Office of the Chief Constable.

Direction and control of the service in accordance with s1(3) Ministry of Defence Police Act.

Accountable to the MOD Chief Operating Officer for the delivery of an effective and efficient policing organisation, has access to the Permanent Secretary as required and when necessary, may request or be required to meet the Minister with lead responsibility for the MDP, or the Secretary of State for Defence.

Fulfils the role of Chief Executive for the purposes of MDP’s position as an Enabling Organisation within MOD.

To take command of policing and operational matters as and when required.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is seeking a Chief Constable for the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP), to provide outstanding leadership for this vital role. You will be responsible for leading a police service of 2,800 police officers and 250 non-uniformed civilian staff, ensuring that the MDP meets College of Policing standards for a UK police service.

The Chief Constable is accountable for:

  • Leading the MDP to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of its outputs, meeting the College of Policing standards for a UK police service with particular focus on the standards and protocols governing the use of firearms.

  • Supporting a re-examination of policing and security at the Ministry of Defence to ensure that it meets MOD’s requirements, playing a leading role in setting the strategic direction and the delivery of changes.

  • Setting and ensuring the implementation of organisational and operational strategy for the MDP, considering wider plans and objectives, and support the development of a new MOD Statement of Requirement for the MDP in order to provide an effective and efficient policing service that meets current and future demands for the MOD;

  • Ensuring a mutually productive strategic relationship with the MOD Chief Operating Officer (COO) in the MOD, and the independent Chair of the MOD Police Board and Committee, whilst maintaining the principle of operational independence;

  • Ensuring compliance with Departmental security policies to support the delivery of an effective policing service to the MOD;

  • Establishing strong bilateral relationships with MDP’s customers; focusing on joint responsibilities, performance and affordability;

  • Leading the police service, communicating a clear direction, creating organisational culture and promoting values, ethics and high standards of conduct, equality, diversity and inclusion to enable an effective and professional service.

  • Leading, inspiring and engaging the Chief Officer team, setting and role modelling approaches to a workforce culture which promotes wellbeing, facilitates impactful professional development and performance management to create empowered teams effectively enabling the achievement of the MDP’s strategic objectives and priorities;

  • Fulfilling the authorising responsibilities of a Chief Constable, e.g. authorisation of intrusive surveillance and maintain operational oversight, holding accountability for effective, compliant policing responses in order to protect key Defence assets, Critical National Infrastructure and further develop the police service’s operational strategies;

  • When required, lead and command the operational policing responses to attacks on Defence assets and Critical National Infrastructure in order to protect Defence and the public and to ensure an appropriate effective response;

  • Advising Defence Ministers and senior officials on matters of national security and ensure that the MOD Police is prepared to support the national counter-terrorism response where required;

  • Ensuring MDP complies with all necessary departmental and corporate governance policies and standards and the Budget Holder letter of delegation from the MOD Permanent Secretary.

Person specification

It is essential that in your written application you give evidence of examples of proven experience in each of the essential criteria of the person specification. These responses will be developed and discussed with those candidates invited for interview.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate their experience and skills against the following essential criteria:

  • Has held the rank of ACC/Commander or a more senior rank in a UK police service;

  • Has successfully completed the Strategic Command Course.

  • A proven track-record of improving and restructuring business operations in a large and complex policing organisation where there are competing and challenging priorities.

  • A demonstrable track-record of exceptional strategic leadership embracing the command of law enforcement officers and senior levels;

  • Able to embrace personal accountability and be capable of holding individuals and the organisation to account for performance;

  • Experience of successfully engaging with and influencing multi-agency stakeholders.

Other requirements:

  • It is essential that the candidate achieves 5.4 on the MSFT, but it is desirable that the candidate achieve 7.6 on the MSFT, and thereafter annually.

  • Must undergo and pass drug and alcohol testing upon recruitment and thereafter be part of the random drug and alcohol testing programme.

  • Must be able to pass the annual Personal Safety Training (PST) qualification.

  • 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%

Things you need to know: 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 12th February 2023 and will involve providing the two documents outlined below via the Civil Service Jobs portal:

  1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

  2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than 1250 words) 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.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be provided to the selection panel.

Please read the attached candidate pack for full details.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

This role has a minimum assignment duration of 5 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.


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting. See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

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.

Further information

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Email contact point for applicants: 20230119 CCMDP recruitment pack - updated 19 Jan Opens in new window(pdf, 1481kB)

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