Bedfordians will help choose our next Police Chief Constable

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Police Chief Constable interview panel

Bedfordians are being invited to join others across Bedfordshire to help question candidates for the position of Police Chief Constable, in a bid to open up the interview process for the county’s top police position.

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, is inviting members of the public and the Bedfordshire Police workforce to attend a public panel that will form part of the new Chief Constable’s selection process.

The event will also be live streamed online.

Each candidate will have 10 minutes to present to the audience the ways they intend to secure and build on Bedfordshire Police’s improvements and current service.

They will then face 10 minutes of questions, selected at random from the audience present.

The public panel will make up part of a rigorous selection process awaiting the candidates during their assessment day on 23 May.

However, applicants will also undergo interviews on a one to one basis with a variety of people that they’ll be required to have strong working relationships with in their role as Chief Constable. These include:

  • Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway
  • Chair of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel, Paul Cain
  • Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Chief, Paul Fuller
  • Steve Smith, who will represent the county’s business community

Candidates will also have to deliver two media interviews in response to an unfolding emergency scenario, as part of the event at the University of Bedfordshire’s Bedford campus.

The new Chief Constable will replace Jon Boutcher who is standing down in July. Commissioner Holloway said: “My aim is for this to be the most transparent recruitment process for a new Chief in the history of Bedfordshire Police.

“The Chief Constable clearly sets the tone for the organisation and the way it delivers its operations across the county.

“It’s absolutely vital that we recruit the right leader who is able to meet these challenges and drive the organisation forward in a way that reflects the culture we insist on… and putting victims genuinely at the centre of everything we do, in a force that’s fit for the 2020s.

“The new Chief must also be able to work with, and lead, those from every department across the Force and maintain relationships with our key partners countywide.

“I want to see how they interact with our own residents and employees to ensure that our new police leader is comfortable answering not only to me but to the people they serve.”

Any member of the public, or Bedfordshire Police itself, wishing to book a place can do so via this Eventbrite.

The presentations will start at 2pm and run until around 4pm.